The Summit Lake Build Corps pairs youth in the Summit Lake neighborhood of Akron, Ohio with experienced fabricators and builders to create new skills and enable youth to create projects that add to the vibrancy of their neighborhood. These young residents are able to immediately create the place they want to live in, a place where they can sit and look at the lake, or a place to perform music, or a place to play. They then are invited to possess a deeper investment in their physical environment and their neighborhood, as they build and care for that bench, stage, or play area themselves.