Berkeley United in Literacy Development (BUILD) is one of the largest reading programs in the East Bay, with 215 UC Berkeley student mentors providing one-to-one literacy support to 850 youth at 20 locations in Oakland and Berkeley. Each mentor is matched with 3 children with whom they work individually in 30-35 minute after-school sessions twice a week. Mentors work with the same children for at least one semester, and sometimes for years. In addition, all mentors attend an orientation, 3 trainings per semester, and weekly meetings with their mentor team. BUILD runs in fall, spring, and summer.
BUILD Directors, 2018-2019
BUILD is supported by the City of Berkeley’s Youth Services and is a partner with the Berkeley Unified School District on Berkeley’s 2020 Vision. It is also a member of the Oakland Literacy Coalition and a supporter of Oakland Reads.
Spring Mentor Applications
|Deadline for Spring Returner & Early Applicant||
Sunday, November 27th
Wednesday, Nov. 30th, 10am-11am
Friday, December 2nd, 3pm-4pm
Sunday, December 4th, 11am-12pm
|Placement Offers Sent||
Monday, December 5th
|New Mentor Orientation (Zoom)||
Saturday, January 28th, 10am-1pm
Monday, January 30th
For more information, contact BUILDLiteracy@berkeley.edu