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Build Up: Mentoring Teens in Trades

Volunteers with a background in construction and/or the trades work with teenagers to teach basic, but highly useful, construction skills. As volunteers and teens work together on a construction project, mentoring takes place, a sense of accomplishment is developed, and conversations about Jesus are woven into the work day. 


130 people served

76% of participants

said they learned something about the Bible during the project


15 volunteers

"This has been a great chance to share my skills with the kids and has been a wonderful experience. They are so willing to learn.”

- Peter B. Volunteer

“I loved seeing all the boys work together. And actually hearing that some of the boys wanted to now go into that particular field after doing some of the work, I think it’s a beautiful thing.”

- Laura Homeowner

"My hope is that we keep growing. My hope is that we have just multiple projects lined up, that there would be neighborhoods talking about Kingdom Prep and that the little secret is we met Kingdom Workers."

- Kevin Principal at Kingdom Prep

Watch this program in action

How it works

Partner with individuals in the construction field 

There are many Christian men and women with a background in construction looking for ways to serve and mentor the next generation. This program gives these individuals a chance to volunteer their time and pass on their skills to teenagers.


Connect teenagers with Christian mentors 

Teenagers with an interest in learning construction skills are connected with a Christian mentor on each project site. Through the hands-on building lessons and devotions, teens are able to gain valuable trade skills and connect with Christian leaders. Currently, program participants are coming from Kingdom Prep Lutheran.


Build stronger communities

Projects are completed on existing residences, so as volunteers and teenagers work together, the community takes notice. By working on real homes and restoring them, this program helps give a morale boost to individuals and whole neighborhoods. 

From the Ground Up: Building Christian Community

Laura never anticipated her unfinished garage would become ground zero for our brand new Build Up: Mentoring Teens in Trades program. But she's so thankful for everything that has happened since spring of 2020. The garage project brought together teenagers from nearby Kingdom Prep, volunteers from Kingdom Workers, and an entire community. And in the process it changed lives. Read more. 

Volunteer to be a Build Up Mentor

Change the future for young people by teaching them valuable trade skills.

If you have a background in the trades and a passion for helping the next generation, sign up to join a project.