BUILD application

Fill out this application to be considered for a Fall 2024 BUILD Literacy Mentor position. Before submitting an application, read the BUILD Mentor Job Description (web version) and application due dates. For the short answers below, we recommend writing and saving your responses in a separate document before inputting, as answers will be lost if you view a prior page. If you have any questions, please contact

In Fall 2024, we expect mentoring will take place in person, at school and community sites in Oakland and Berkeley. Masks will be recommended to be worn and COVID vaccination records up to date.

New Applicants: Fill out all questions including your projected schedule. Make sure to give yourself enough time to get to or from campus to your BUILD site. Please keep in mind site times range from 2pm-5pm, all requiring 1.5 hours at least. 

Returning Mentors: Fill out all fields except the “Short Answers” at the end.

I. Contact Information and Background

First Name

(as it appears on your identification)

Last Name

(as it appears on your identification)

Lived First Name Pronouns
SID (if not a Cal student, enter your school or program name) Birthday (month/day/year):
What languages do you speak in addition to English?
What is your major? 

Are you a transfer student? 

Expected Graduation Year: Are you a first-generation college student, meaning your parents, guardians, or grandparents did not attend college?

If you selected “Other”, or would like to provide details about your gender identity, please do so here.

Racial or ethnic identity: If you selected “I do not identify with the above”, or would like to describe your racial/ethnic identity, please do so
How did you hear about BUILD? Public Service Opportunities Email: Would you like to receive a monthly email of service and leadership opportunities, scholarships, and more? Yes!

The Public Service Center is committed to making our programs accessible to all students. If accommodations, including mobility accommodations, would make this program accessible to you, please email

II. Mentoring Job Information

What would be an ideal site for you, considering age group preferences and languages that you speak:


Below is the list of available BUILD sites for this spring. If you have a preference, you may list it (or you may list “No Preference” and we will consider your answers above). Note that many placements are determined mostly by availability.  These are the BUILD sites for this school year.

Note: If you are hired for Work-Study pay, you must be available at least 2 days/week at one site. Most sites are also requiring Volunteer and Units mentors to also be available at least 2 days/week.

Please List your Daily Availability to Mentor Below.

If you are hired through Work Study, you must be available to mentor at least 2 days/week. Almost all sites host BUILD after school between 3:30-5:30pm, 3-5pm, or 2:30-4pm

Earliest Time You Can Start Mentoring
 *please allow 30 minutes of travel time, 
ie if you get out of class at 3pm put start time of 3:30pm
Latest Time You Can Mentor Until
*again allow 30 minutes of travel time 
ie if you need to be back at 5pm put 4:30pm
Do you hope to mentor for Work-Study, course credit, or as a volunteer?
If Work-Study, log into CalCentral, and on the “My Finances” tab, check your 2024-2025 Work-Study allocation & enter it here. You must have Work-Study to get paid.

Most BUILD sites plan to be in-person. Are you able to mentor:

How many days a week do you hope to work?

Paid and Units-earning BUILD mentors must work at least 2 days/week. 

Have you mentored with BUILD or Summer BUILD before? 

If yes, do you hope to work at the same site?
What site did you mentor at previously?


Oakland schools have a real need for mentors. Would you be willing to travel to a nearby Oakland school?


Do you have access to a car you could drive to your BUILD site?

Financial Aid
The Public Service Center is committed to raising funds for those who need it. Please share your financial aid status with us to help us make this happen.

Note: 65% of undergraduates receive some form of financial aid

Please check all that apply:

Not Eligible for Financial Aid
Financial Aid Eligible
Work-Study Eligible
Pell Grant Eligible
If you receive a Work-Study offer, will you be able to bring one of the following forms of identification to hiring session? (must be original, not a copy)

Please make sure to get these in time for your interview, so if hired you will be able to begin and get paid in a timely manner.

Are you or have you ever been hired to work a campus job at UC Berkeley?
Are you willing to get fingerprinted for BUILD? 
Are you able to attend an in-person Orientation in September (TBD)?

III. Short Answer Questions

If you are a current BUILD mentor skip to #5

1. Why are you interested in being a BUILD mentor?

2. Describe your past experience working with youth or tutoring:

3. Describe 2 skills you would bring to your work as a mentor and share a couple things you think you might need to learn to be a strong mentor.

4. What was your educational experience like as a young student? Do you remember learning how to read and what that was like?

5. What extracurricular activities are you currently involved in?


6. Do you agree to the BUILD requirements outlined on the BUILD Job Description (web version)?