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BUILD Leaders

BUILD is a proven youth violence prevention model, developed in Chicago in 1969, that focuses on violence prevention/intervention, youth development, and coalition building. In 2014 the City of Minneapolis Health Department adapted the curriculum for Minneapolis, developing the BUILD Leaders Program. The curriculum was also culturally adapted for Native Youth.

BUILD Leaders helps 18-24 year old young adults build their employment readiness, develop fundamental job skills, and create healthier cycles and habits. BUILD Leaders also receive paid training in facilitation and leadership to deliver the BUILD youth violence prevention curriculum to 9-12 years old at various locations in Minneapolis. The City of Minneapolis provides funding to enhance the Build Leaders program and has added employment and training services to the model.

BUILD Leaders is currently designated for the North Minneapolis’ African American community and the South Minneapolis’ American Indian community. The City of Minneapolis Employment and Training community-based partners; American Indian OIC (in partnership with Little Earth of United Tribes (LEUT,) and EMERGE are the services providers for this innovative program.

2016/17 BUILD Leaders Successes

American Indian OIC/LEUT incorporated construction training for BUILD Leaders in conjunction with the LEUT State funded YouthBuild program. BUILD Leaders completed the American Workshop 16-day “Introduction to Construction and Building Trades” that included certifications in OSHA-10, First Aid/CPR, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and an industry-specific credential. In addition to working on their individual education, employment and training goals, participants completed youth development/trauma informed care trainings and facilitated the culturally adapted Native curriculum to YouthCare participants.

EMERGE’s BUILD Leaders program is a six-month training and supported employment internship focused on entry-level positions in the youth work and/or education fields. Participants earned First Aid/CPR and Youth Intervention Programs Association (YIPA) certifications, participated in EMERGE Youth Work 101, trauma informed care trainings, and enhanced public speaking skills. BUILD Leaders facilitated the curriculum to Lucy Laney Community School students.

Upcoming BUILD Leaders Program

EMERGE will begin its next cohort in September 2017 and the next American Indian OIC (in partnership with LEUT) cohort will start in October 2017.

For more information

Contact Teresa Harrold, 612-673-5119.

Last updated Oct 22, 2018



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