Build Trybe (formally known as Healthy Living & Food Systems) is a mentorship community that builds health, independence and empowers youth with employable skills. It is a bridge connecting youth, who lack a stable support system, to opportunity. Our team of trade experts and community partners introduce and connect youth to three skill-based career paths:


  1. Initial culinary training with Sooner Than Later.
  2. Advanced culinary training with Nourish KC.
  3. Connection to jobs through a network of chefs and restaurants with entry level jobs.


  1. Initial building trades training through community partners.
  2. Advanced building trades training through Maker Village KC.
  3. Connection to jobs and additional trainings through a network of building trade companies.

To purchase items made by our youth or hire the Community Trybe for a custom project, email Theo at


  1. Initial landscape and horticulture training at Cornerstones of Care urban farms and with our community partners: Cultivate KC, KC Farm School, BoysGrow and Nile Valley Aquaponics.
  2. Advanced landscape and horticulture training with community partners.
  3. Connection to jobs and additional trainings through a network of landscaping companies.

More About Our Youth

More About Our Name

Build +

create, grow, shape, improve

Try +

attempt your best, engage and explore

Be +

become, evolve


village, community, us


Build Trybe in the News

May 18, 2023
Build Trybe is building hope for KC youth – Fox4

October 11, 2022
Build Trybe outgrows incubator mode, taking over Maker Village KC to train at-risk youth in trades – Startland News

October 6, 2022
Build Trybe How-To – Making | PBS

October 6, 2022
Build Trybe – Making | PBS

Thank You to Our Growing Network of Partners

Email Theo at to join our network of companies and community partners.

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