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About BUILD

Our Mission

BUILD uses entrepreneurship and experiential learning to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and equip them for high school, college and career success.

Visit www.buildinboston.org to learn more.

Who We Serve

BUILD Boston partners with six local high schools to serve four hundred students in the Boston Area.  Our program targets high-school students that are statistically at a high-risk of dropping out of school: meaning they have low GPAs, low standardized test scores, and infrequent school attendence.  Most of our students will be the first generation in their family to succeed in college.

Our Story

How We Do It

BUILD uses a four-year college preparation program to engage high school students in low-resource communities who are at a high risk of dropping out of school.  In the first year, our ninth-graders work with teachers, mentors, and BUILD staff to start and to run their own small businesses. As students earn real money and gain self-confidence, they begin to see the importance of doing well in school.  Through entrepreneurship and experiential learning, our students are motivated to continue building upon skills necessary to graduate high school, to attend college, and to thrive professionally.

Our Results

97% of BUILD’s seniors graduate from high school and 95% are accepted into college.  When compared to graduation rates of 60% at the schools we serve, these numbers speak for themselves.