Building Industry Leaders
Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) focus on education and giving back to the community led to creating a Young Leaders volunteer program called “Building Industry Leaders.” The program is a partnership between ULI and The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, providing opportunities to our youth. Each year, 20 students, freshman through seniors, participate in the program. The mission of the program is twofold: first, to educate high school students on the diverse career opportunities in real estate development, ranging from design, engineering, to finance; and second, to introduce the students to the professional skills needed to become future industry leaders and contributing members to the community.
During the fall, students visit multiple offices and sites to learn about specific industries. Past companies that have participated include The Beck Group, TBG, Land Design, Kimley-Horn, Pacheco Koch, Hillwood, and Bank of Texas. With each office visit, the students gain a deeper understanding of the professions within real estate development and how they connect and work together to achieve a common goal.
During the spring, students complete a theoretical project, competing for scholarships. The students are split in to four teams of five with two mentors (ULI YL Volunteers) assigned to each team. The students are encouraged to research the site and surrounding area to develop a site and building design based on the current and future needs of the community. After research is complete, the students develop a building and site design, estimate construction cost, and research financing opportunities. With a diverse group of ULI YL Volunteers, we are able to leverage each other’s knowledge and background during each part of the project. Each team will go through a rigorous set of presentations and the winning group is awarded a partial college scholarship, announced at our annual celebration. Past projects have been an urban infill in East Dallas and a vocational school in South Dallas.
If you are interested in being a Building Industry Leader volunteer please contact the members listed to the top and right.