Building The Impossible Youth Directive, Inc. (san leandro, CA)


  • Name:Alison Murphy

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Building The Impossible Youth Directive, Inc.
  • Address:1295 143rd ave
    san leandro, CA 94578
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:5104834222

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Building The Impossible Youth Directives, Inc. (BTIYouth) is to expand opportunities for low-income youth by helping youth build a strong foundation for college and careers in architecture, engineering and construction.

  • Overview:
  • Building the Impossible Youth Directive (BTIYD) is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides after school and Saturday educational, enrichment programs and workshops for California Bay area youth. Our goal is to improve students’ math and technology skills, and increase their awareness about the environment and about renewable energy resources such as wind and solar energy sources.

    Our goal is to teach and excite youth 8 to 18 years old about careers in architecture, engineering and construction. Saturday and afterschool 12-week educational programs are offered by the organization as well as 4-hour workshops. Real-life problems that architects and engineers face every day are presented in problem-solving activities that are created to encourage students' analytical skills. Participants build a scale model of a drawing in perspective or elevation.

    Kids and Architecture
    Call it “Architecture 101” for beginning dreamers. This 12-week, Saturday class is held from 10:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. and is designed to stimulate the imagination of young minds. Children view ancient and modern buildings, explore shapes, and examine different building materials. Problem-solving activities help students understand how angles, measurement and dimensions are used by architects and engineers in building design and construction. Basic construction principles and green building practices are discussed. Through speakers and field trips to architectural and engineering firms and construction sites, youth learn about architecture and engineering in a practical, real-world project setting.

    The program’s curriculum uses an interdisciplinary approach and lesson plans integrate age-appropriate California Mathematics and Science Content Standards related to measurement and plane and solid geometric figures. Hands-on activities and projects are used to help students build skills in the math, science and technology. Participants use drawing and design software such as Goggle-Up and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architect Studio 3D to build their own small houses and structures.

    Impossible Architecture
    For older students 14 years and older, Impossible Architecture takes a historical snapshot of ancient and modern buildings and their practical design aspects. Students begin by examining principles of scale, measurement and proportion. They learn about the fundamentals of architectural theory and the tools that architects use to design and build seemingly “impossible” projects. Math and science related projects teach students about angles, geometric shapes and measurement.

    Youth are introduced to the academic requirements, technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for careers in architecture and engineering fields. Speakers from architectural and engineering firms describe the day-to-activities of architects and engineers, and field trips are provided to architectural firms and construction sites. Participants are matched with mentors. Drawing and graphic software demonstrate how computers and technology are used by architects and engineers to construct drawings, floor plans, elevations and 3-dimensional building structures. By the end of the class, students use computer software such as AutoCad to design and construct their own drawings and models.

    Green building materials are discussed as well as renewable energy sources such as hydro power, wind, biomass and solar sources. Students also learn about creating healthy sustainable communities, recycling and reducing the environmental impact of potentially hazardous building materials.

  • History:
  • The organization’s staff includes a Program Director who is a Masters-level architect with over 12 years of building and design experience in firms in San Francisco, Atlanta and Cape Town, South Africa. The Operations Manager has 15 years of related experience in managing information technology infrastructures. She also coordinates activities including recruiting participants, matching students to mentors and assisting with tracking student progress. The Executive Director has a doctorate in education and over 20 years experience in administering educational programs. Four board members govern and support the vision of the organization.

    BTIYD partners with the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program of San Francisco, and with the National Association of Minority Architects (NOMA) to further our goal of introducing youth to careers in architecture and engineering, . The ACE Mentor program (founded in 1994), provides speakers, job shadowing and field trips for youth interested in pursuing careers in design and construction. ACE engages sponsors and volunteer mentors to expose students to real-world opportunities, and also provides student scholarships and grants.

    The National Association of Minority Architects provides mentors and speakers for the program and hosts a summer camp program to which interested high school students are referred. The City of San Leandro Recreation and Human Services Department has over the last two years hosted the Saturday, 12-week Kids and Architecture program. Oakland Unity High School in has been a site and sponsor of the Impossible Architecture program.

  • Year established:2011
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:3
  • Advisory board size:4
  • Staff size:3


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:27-2254995

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:272254995
  • Care Of Name:% DIALLO MURPHY
  • Organization Address:316 LAFAYETTE AVE
  • Organization City:HAYWARD
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:94544-8212
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:November, 2016
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 1969
  • Filing Requirement Category:02 (990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:U01
  • Asset Amount:$0
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  • Income Amount:$0
  • Income Code:
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$0
  • Last Updated:3/21/2018 6:55:42 pm

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