Building Industry Leaders
In 2014 the Young Leaders Group saw the need for a program that would enable the organization’s members to use their real estate industry skills in an impactful setting, the Young Leaders Group created the Urban Land Institute’s “Building Industry Leaders” (BIL) program that year and have been actively involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas since then. The program is a partnership between (two non-profits) the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas and the Urban Land Institute North Texas (ULI NT). The Building Industry Leaders program is an after school “Career Ready” program that teaches real estate development to 20-25 high school students (freshman-senior) each school year. Every student is a Boys and Girls Club member.
In the fall, students participate in multiple office visits, giving them insight into an office environment and equipping them with the knowledge of the multiple industries that make up real estate development. The students visit The Beck Group for construction and architecture, Kimley-Horn for engineering, Land Design for landscape architecture, Hillwood for land development, etc. Each visit is hosted by a ULI Young Leader who works at the selected company and can explain the background and skills needed for employment. In the spring, the students split into teams to research, design, estimate construction cost and calculate financing for their respective projects. Each team is competing for higher education scholarships. Students are encouraged to use their imagination and design a site and building that impacts the community in positive way. Some students have even surveyed the needs of local residents. Past project winners have been a medical clinic, vocational school for the Boys and Girls Club and multifamily housing. The BIL program, develops the students’ leadership skills and ability to work as a team to accomplish their goals. .
As of May 2017, the Building Industry Leaders program has served over 60 high school students and awarded over $32,000 in higher education scholarships. In addition, local company sponsors, have contributed over $3,000 for dinners, transportation and fun celebrations for the students.
During the program year the Urban Land Institute volunteers will host a special session on personal finance and student loans.
If you are interested in being a Building Industry Leaders volunteer please contact the members listed at the top of this page.