Boston University Initiative for Literacy Development

The Boston University Initiative for Literacy Development (BUILD), in collaboration with selected schools and community programs, provides extra help to support the development of literacy skills of elementary school children in Boston.

Boston University Work-Study students tutor children in preschool through fifth grade in classrooms, after school programs, and at one area hospital. Their contributions enhance and support the education of children in these target programs and communities.

BUILD is accepting applications for the 2023-2024 academic year. The applications can be downloaded here.

If you have trouble accessing or completing the application, please email us at

As part of BUILD’s 20th anniversary celebration, this short video was produced to highlight the program’s accomplishments and the successful partnership between Boston University and the Boston Public Schools.