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“Build your own generator so when they turn off the power you still have lights”- Abdullah Yoba

Yoba Development has recently launched “I Build NY”, a pilot program which is the first real estate development education platform and curriculum being introduced to NYC Department of Education public high school students. This groundbreaking initiative in conjunction with Yoba Development’s partnership with Pratt Undergraduate School of Architecture is being offered at The Brooklyn STEAM Center, an innovative career and technical education hub for 11th and 12th grade students from eight Brooklyn high schools who’s mission is to deliver innovative, industry-informed experiences which empower students to take charge of their futures, and create a diverse, skilled talent pipeline for the computer science, technology, media, culinary, construction and manufacturing and now real estate development industries.

Upon completion of the pilot the “I Build NY” program will be offered to students citywide through an immersive summer program that will continue in the fall semester. Given Yoba Development’s national footprint and partnerships, we are perfectly positioned to continue our education initiatives in cities across America.

I Build New York (IBNY) – Our education platform that uses creativity and unique partnerships to promote financial literacy, diversity, equity and inclusion in the commercial real estate industry through content, curriculum, community engagement and equity crowdfunding.


is an 8-part docu-series that follows actor, filmmaker and real estate developer, Malik  Yoba, as he pursues his first commercial real estate (CRE)  deal in New York.

As the founder and owner of YOBA Development, Malik, along  with a diverse group of young, aspiring professionals  interested in learning about the CRE industry, journey the  often opaque world of CRE development.

Malik provides them awareness, access and advocacy as  he works to navigate and secure his first deal

Yoba Development Fellowship with Pratt Undergradute School of Architecture

Fellowship activities will include but not limited to engaging undergraduate school seniors with hands on experience in real estate development projects, Yoba Development education and community outreach initiatives to local elementary , middle and high school students to increase enrollment and interest in the field of architecture and associated development fields and instruction in the I Build New York proprietary curriculum and internship and employment opportunities.

Redevelopment of South Bronx Public School + Brand New Sports and Wellness Center

Yoba Development has partnered with Monadnock Development, Sherman Pierre Architects and The Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters principal, faculty and students to spearhead a community led initiative to redevelop a public middle school currently housed inside a former Department of Education mechanical workshop never intended to be a school building. BIPOC children are forced to attend class in deplorable conditions and this stakeholder driven initiative will be the first of its kind in NYC history. Dr Malik Yoba was born blocks away from this location at 338 Morris Ave at the old Lincoln Hospital.

Stakeholders include Students, Teachers and Principal of The Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters The Bronx Foundation, New York Gauchos , East Side House , Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, Patterson Houses Tenant Association members among others.

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Partnership with NYCHA’s first RMC
( Resident Management Company)
at Fredrick Douglass Houses

The Fredrick Douglass Houses Tenant Association has selected Yoba Development as partner to execute their involvement with the New York City Public Housing Preservation Trust which is paving the way for the overdue repair, rehabilitation, and modernization of of its over 3000 apartments under control of the New York City Housing Authority.

Under the plan, NYCHA – which oversees the nation’s largest public housing system- will now draw hundreds of millions of federal dollars in new support per year by utilizing federal Tenant Protection Vouchers that receive a higher per-unit subsidy than traditional Section 9 public housing. This additional subsidy will permit NYCHA to raise debt off the increase for vital capital improvements.

Importantly, the Trust will guarantee homes are kept permanently affordable while also preserving all current rights and protections for residents, including:

  • Residents will pay only 30 percent of income towards rent;
  • Residents will maintain all current succession rights;
  • Apartments will continue to be restricted to low-income residents; and
  • Apartment vacancies will continue to be filled using NYCHA waitlists.