November 2018


Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders® Signature Program is one of the nation’s largest philanthropic investments in nonprofit leadership development, strengthening the network of nonprofit leaders that are critical to helping our communities thrive.

To mark the fifteenth year of the program, we’re profiling Builders and their stories. For this podcast series, Bank of America’s Alicia Burke spoke with nonprofit leaders and the people their organizations serve to learn about the work they do, how they’re positively changing their communities and what Neighborhood Builders means to them.

Since 2004, Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders program has helped advance sustainable communities by investing more than $220 million in 49 communities — partnering with more than 1,000 nonprofits and more than 2,000 nonprofit leaders and counting. The program is an example of how we deploy capital and build cross-sector partnerships to advance economic and social progress as part of our approach to responsible growth.

Listen to the stories of our Neighborhood Builders below:

Year Up in Chicago, Illinois

Year Up Chicago’s mission is to close the opportunity gap by providing professional development training and internships for underserved youth. After receiving the Neighborhood Builders award in 2015, Year Up was able to grow its own professional network, expand its knowledge base and sustain critical services in the Chicago community. In this conversation, Bank of America’s Alicia Burke, Year Up Executive Director Jack Crowe and Year Up alumnus Edgar Rosales discuss how mentoring an untapped workforce is giving young adults the power to reach their professional potential.

Listen here.