About us

Our Mission:

Building Twentyone is committed to give students the opportunity to develop life changing values, while coaching them to find their passion and purpose to be actively engaged in their families, schools, and communities.

Our Vision:

Building Twentyone will positively influence students and continue to guide them in pursing their passions by providing unique and diverse opportunities through the pursuit of sponsorships, community support, and dollars raised in an effort to expand and better the center, its programs, and the safe environment for students to find their place.

Our Philosophy:

It takes just 21 days to form a habit, and the most influential habits are formed before the age 21. Building Twentyone is a unique, youth-driven center focused on building trust, hope, character, influence, and potential in students before the age of 21.

Our Target:

Diverse students 7th to 12th grade, in the Greater Lansing Area, with a teachable attitude and desire to grow.

Our Process:

Building Twentyone is an organization committed to the principles of positive youth development, and roots its programming on best practices within the components of a youth development framework. According to a widely accepted definition by the National Collaboration for Youth Members youth development is: a process which prepares young people to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood through a coordinated, progressive series of activities and experiences which help them become socially, morally, emotionally, physically, and cognitively competent. Positive youth development addresses the broader developmental needs of youth, contrast to deficit-based models, which focus solely on youth problems.

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