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Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Computers & Technology
  • Education & Literacy
  • Race & Ethnicity


P.O. Box 3316Redwood City, CA 94064 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

BUILD's mission is to use entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth from under-resourced communities and propel them to high school, college, and career success.


BUILD empowers youth from low-income communities to excel in the classroom, on the job, and beyond by giving them an education in entrepreneurship. By encouraging students to develop their own businesses, BUILD extends traditional education beyond the classroom & provides students with real-world experiences. Intense involvement from the community and an operating youth incubator are central & distinctive components of the program.

We created a 4-year program that propels our students through high school & college. This program has 3 primary components:

Entrepreneurship. Students attend a daily class where they learn business basics, write & pitch their business, and manufacture & sell their products. The real-world application of math, writing & analytical skills motivates students who are otherwise at risk of failing classes and dropping out.

Academic & 21st Century Skill Proficiency. At our Incubator, we implement a rigorous, standards-aligned curriculum that teaches 21st Century skills essential for success in college & the workforce. We provide students with tutoring, test prep, academic planning, and college advising.

Personal Support. 350 Bay Area mentors dedicate 20,000 hrs annually. The lasting relationships students form with mentors and BUILD staff foster a college-going culture and help students recognize their potential.


Would you recommend BUILD?
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by Caitlin H. (March 23, 2010)
BUILD is an amazing organization that really makes a difference in the lives of under-resourced high school students in the Bay Area and Washington, DC. The students are so impressive--they complete 30-page business proposals and actually run their own businesses, even presenting their plans to venture capitalists to get seed funding--and 100% of them get into college. BUILD has a number of volunteer opportunities that are all very rewarding and impactful, including serving as a business mentor or judge in the Business Plan Competitions. I volunteered as an academic tutor for 2 years and I just started volunteering full-time with the organization as a fundraiser. I was so impressed with the students, staff, and volunteers when I tutored and I am so glad to be able to support the organization now by helping write grants and cultivate donors. I would recommend BUILD to anyone who wants to volunteer and make a difference.

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