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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 by 15 volunteers

76% of participants

said they learned something about the Bible during the project

94% of participants

said they learned something about construction during the project

Kenny's Story

Kenny joined our Build Up program and since then has not only grown in his knowledge of the trades but also in confidence to live his faith.

"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

How it works

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Volunteer as a Build Up Mentor 

Build Up relies on volunteers to combine their construction and trades knowledge with servant leadership as they teach teenagers in the program. If you have a background in the trades and a passion for helping the next generation, sign up to join a project.

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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.



Impact Results

Read our latest Impact Snapshot to see how our Build Up: Mentoring Teens in Trades program is giving young people the skills they need to create a better future for themselves and their community.  

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