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WHO ARE WE
We Are Rooted In Community And Committed To Change
We are a nonprofit organization composed of congregations, public schools, and associations. We are interfaith, multiracial and strictly non-partisan. BUILD is supported by our member organizations and by business leaders, corporations, foundations, and individuals who believe in making Baltimore a better place to live, work, and raise a family.
COMMITTED TO CHANGE
For almost 40 years, BUILD — Baltimoreans United In Leadership Development — has worked to improve housing, increase job opportunities, and rebuild schools and neighborhoods in Baltimore.
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A CITY WITH JOBS
In the last three years, BUILD’s Turnaround Tuesday jobs movement in East Baltimore has built relationships with key employers in the City with more than 370 people hired. Together, we will create high-quality job opportunities for all citizens.
Specifically: Adult Employment: Place 15,000 Baltimore City residents living in distressed communities and returning citizens in private and public sector jobs.
Youth Employment – Increase Youth Works/Hire One budget by $2 million to:
- Employ 1000 youth year-round through private and public sector employers.
- Create combined vocational skills certification/summer job program that teaches youth hard and essential skills that provide pathways to meaningful employment.
A CITY FOR YOUTH
Teams of leaders have worked together and won $1 billion in school construction and $4.2 million in after-school funding supporting our city’s youth. Together, we will work with leadership in the City to increase youth success in school and decrease youth violence in the City.
Specifically: After School/Community Schools: Double the number of after school/community schools by increasing budget by $8.2 million.
Recreation centers: Fully fund recreation plan by programming $136 million in the capital improvement budget.
A CITY THAT'S SAFE
Our leaders are working with their local police districts to build relationships and a new level of trust that leads to safer neighborhoods. Together, we will create equitable and adequate policing in all neighborhoods across the City.
Specifically: Foot Posts and Patrols: Ensure on-going foot posts and patrols are assigned and deployed to the most violent neighborhoods in the city.
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