BUILD uses entrepreneurship-based, experiential learning to empower high school students from under-resourced communities by developing skills critical to high school, college and career success. Our aim is to close the opportunity gap and ignite the potential of youth.
Today, BUILD serves 1,950 students in the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, New York City and Washington, DC. BUILD will open in Los Angeles in 2017. Since 2012, 96% of BUILD seniors have graduated from high school on time, and 98% have been accepted to college.
BUILD Up Overview
BUILD Up is a peer-to-peer online fundraiser led by BUILD volunteers and mentors. In this campaign, mentors are not the donors but the fundraisers. This campaign is one of our main responses to those requests. We are very grateful to have such amazing supporters, mentors and volunteers!
How you can Help
ACT or College Fees: $100
BUILD students receive support for standardized tests when necessary. Your donation can help BUILD with covering their exam fees. This allows them to get ready and prepare for the test without worrying about the financial burden.
College Application Fees: $250
College applications fees are not cheap. By donating, you can help remove the barrier of application fees. This allows our students to maximize their chances of post-secondary acceptance.
Student Awards: $500
The Business Plan Competition is the culminating experience for the 9th grade year, highlighting and celebrating all that students have learned in running their businesses. Your donation can help go to awards for the students. Prizes may include, but are not limited to: cash, gift cards and loan forgiveness for their company.
Seed Funding for Businesses: $1000
BUILD freshmen are excited and challenged by the prospect of launching their own businesses. Your donation can go to seed funding for freshman student business teams and the launch of their entrepreneurial experience.