Building Industry Leaders (BIL) is a program built in partnership with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the Boys & Girls Clubs (BGC) to educate and mentor BGC high school students on career opportunities in commercial real estate and give them the professional skills to become industry leaders and contributing members of their community. BIL strives to enrich the lives of students who participate in the program and to promote greater ethnic and gender diversity among our future real estate industry leaders.
Chair: David Walsh, Greystar
Staff Liaison: Cheryl McOsker
- Students: High school students who are actively engaged in the Boys and Girls Club of the Austin Area
- Volunteers: ULI Austin members
- Schedule: Nine-months; two semesters; typically 18 sessions (follows local academic calendar)
- Professions Represented: Architecture, civil engineering, landscape architecture, construction, development, finance, real estate law and others
- Fall Semester: Office visits and profession overviews by local ULI members
- Spring Semester: Interactive project providing students the opportunity to work in teams and create a hypothetical real estate development
- Post Program: Mentorship relationships between students and ULI members often last beyond high school graduation; potential internships and full-time job opportunities for top students in the program
ULI member volunteers will have the opportunity to educate and mentor small groups of 4-5 BGC high school students on the diverse career opportunities in commercial real estate and provide them with the professional skills necessary to become industry leaders and contributing members of their community. Under the guidance of ULI member volunteers, BGC students will meet approximately twice a month for educational and/or work sessions, where they will work toward developing and eventually presenting a real estate related case-study project.
Volunteer Professions Needed:
- Landscape Architecture
- Civil engineering
- Estimated 2-4 hours per month of preparation and educational sessions with BGC students
- 18 total sessions over the course of the fall (September-December) & spring (February-May) semesters.
- End of Year celebration and scholarship awards
Let us know if you’re interested in volunteering for the program.
Be sure to let us know your expertise and the amount of time you can commit to the program.