Founded in 2012 by Frank Lorberbaum, Gay Lorberbaum, and Paul Krautmann, Building Futures offers educational programs, with an emphasis on hands-on problem-solving, for the St. Louis youth community grades 4th - 12th.
Programs include: Free Saturday workshops | In-school curriculum | Afterschool | Summer
Young people are not getting the education necessary for their well-being and future success. Our purpose is to bring young people together to critically think, invent, and create sustainable solutions for their every day, real-world problems in order to lead better, healthier lives.
Our team of educational leaders works directly with students to empower them to discover that what they learn in school does have practical applications in their every day. Students work with constraints and possibilities of structure & materials, space & light, program & context, in a lateral-thinking, hands-on development process.
Through community partnerships, school-funded programs, and personal donations, Building Futures is able to offer free workshops focused on design and building solutions for real-world problems.
By actively working with our community’s youth, we hope to increase high school graduation rates, scholarship offerings and inspire others to carry on the mission that through creative thinking and problem-solving anything is possible.
There are many frameworks for personal-creativity to be expressed.
At Building Futures, we offer students space, tools, time, and teamwork to create their solutions for the future.
Take a Tour
Interested in what the Building Future Workshop space looks like? Take a moment to walk through our workshop in this quick video!