Youth Build: Building Youth Launches Online and in D.C.

Youth Build: Building Youth Launches Online and in D.C.

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The short film Youth Build: Building Youth shows how an innovative and dedicated approach to supporting young urban Americans as they work to graduate high school and go on to post-secondary education is paying off at YouthBuild Philadelphia. The short film premieres at the first-ever Building a Grad Nation Summit, held in Washington D.C. from March 21-23. The summit is presented by the America’s Promise Alliance, a national organization founded by Colin Powell and Alma Powell.   

Filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern created this film as part of a Sundance Institute partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. We’ve worked with leading documentarians on this project, bringing their creative vision and passion to bare on stories that highlight successful strategies in meeting complex social challenges.

Dorothy Stoneman founded the first Youth Build program in East Harlem in 1978, training young people with marketable skills, and rebuilding burned out building to creating housing for the homeless.  Now there are 273 programs across the U.S. that serve young people with education, training, and 360 support, transforming lives and preparing them for life in the 21st century.


Youth Build

Dorothy Stoneman and Vicki Phillips, Director of Education of College Ready for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are both featured speakers at the summit. The short film is inspired by a feature documentary in development as part of the Sundance Institute’s Stories of Change partnership with the Skoll Foundation. The trailer for the feature is posted on the filmmakers’ site here.

Click here to was the short film Youth Build, along with the other five films that are part of the Sundance Institute and Gates Initiative.