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Build UP

Creation date: 2017

Country: USA

Location: Birmingham


Sector of activity: Building and housing · Education · Healthcare and social services activities

Social issue: Affordable Housing · Diversity (people in state of exclusion, minorities and people with disabilities) · Education (access to education and skills) · Financial inclusion

"We provide them with career-ready skills through paid apprenticeships with industry-aligned secondary and early-postsecondary academic coursework, leading them to become educated, credentialed, and empowered civic leaders," explains its founder, Mark Martín .

It is a revitalization/anti-gentrification model that aims to revert poverty and urban blight by engaging and training of local youth to solve community problems. "Young people attend school and complete their apprenticeships on an 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. schedule, every day. They receive high-quality instruction and build up industry-ready skills. They also work renovating abandoned and run-down homes."

Build UP prepares its students to immediately become owners and landlords of the homes they have helped renovate. "We're the only high school in the country where young people can earn an educational stipend through paid internships, while learning high-demand professional skills, solving critical community problems in their own neighborhoods and leading long-term change to through collective impact. We're renovating the urban middle class."