EVENT: TI Education Challenge
Every year in the United States, 500,000 students drop out of high school. Many other students are pushed through the system unprepared for success in college and beyond. BUILD Metro DC is helping high school students start their own businesses to keep them excited about school, and on to college and career success. By the time our students finish 9th grade, they've worked on the whole business startup process: idea creation, business plan, investor pitch, manufacturing and sales projections, and selling events to make real money. With the help of their mentors and teachers, our students develop the life skills they need to succeed. And that's just the FIRST year of our four-year program. By the 10th grade, our students have gained more entrepreneurial experience than most working professionals, they've attended college tours, and been exposed to careers they had yet to discover. Still their businesses are growing. By the 11th grade, our students are using their grit, problem-solving, and self-management to build their best personal brand to share with universities. By the 12th grade, 100% of BUILD Metro DC seniors graduate and are accepted into higher education. No student wants to hate school. Every student can prepare for their future. BUILD Metro DC ignites the potential of youth from under-resourced communities and equips them to change our world. I need BUILD because I need the next generation to be the best generation yet.