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November 9, 2011

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November 9, 2011

I've served as an academic mentor at BUILD for a little over two full
school years now, and primarily tutor mathematics and physics. It's great to play even a small role in helping students out who might not otherwise have that extra bit of guidance.

However, as I enjoy the subjects
that I'm helping out with, I feel that I get as much out of the interactions as the students do, and hope that I can pass along some of my enthusiasm for these subjects.

I have also found that BUILD students are very capable of adult behavior and interaction. I'm always impressed at their level of dedication, preparation, and diligence.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the ability to make an impact, however minor, on a student's path towards academic success, and also offering a way for me to contribute to a very worthwhile cause.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

upgrade the furniture :)

October 21, 2011

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October 21, 2011

BUILD is a fantastic organization which betters the lives of all that participate (including mentors and staff). If there were more programs like this our world would be a much better place.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways over the last 4 years.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue the ground work that has already been implemented.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 13, 2011

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October 13, 2011

Build is an exceptional organization that betters the lives of so many people. Everyone I have engaged with is professional and caring. I feel fortunate to have worked with Build for so many years.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Talking to the kids that completed the program

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand to more areas of the US.

October 6, 2011

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October 6, 2011

Tipping Point Community has been a proud funder of BUILD since 2005! Suzanne McKechnie Klahr has created an organization that is smart, measurable and innovative and gives young people the opportunity to engage in business from a young age unlike any other I’ve seen. In a time when budget cuts are putting more pressure on teachers and administrators than ever before, BUILD is doing the heavy-lifting of getting more low-income students to graduate high school and go on to college. I am most inspired by the stories of BUILD students who become the first in their families to go to college. They are blazing a trail for their younger siblings and future generations; BUILD is helping families break the cycle of poverty for good.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've talked to many BUILD students and staff over the past 5 years and conducted fundraising events from which BUILD benefited directly.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ensure that more schools were able to offer BUILD programs to their students.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 4, 2011

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October 4, 2011

I'm a new member to BUILD, joining in 2011 as a mentor and gala committee volunteer. I heard so many great things about this org and have been more than impressed with everyone I've met so far (students, mentors, advisers and staff / board members). Each person has had such a great story of why they decided to get involved. Getting to see a student presentation at the mentor orientation really put a perspective on how important this cause is. I'll be meeting our students next week and cannot wait!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 30, 2011

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September 30, 2011

In 2008 I started to volunteer weekly with a group of freshman students. I've been consistently impressed by their transformation through BUILD. BUILD gave us dedicated teachers and staff that worked with the students in depth to lay down a solid foundation for the mentors (us volunteers) to build upon in our weekly sessions. Over each school year the shyest students became sharp salesmen, the math-nervous students confidently discussed financials forecasts for their small businesses, and - most importantly - the students who weren't interested in school are now applying to college. BUILD engages students.

It's been an honor to be involved with BUILD and I'll continue to work with the group as long as I can!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 30, 2011

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September 30, 2011

Before BUILD I was this quite girl who never thought I would be able to speak in front of a huge auditorium of people, let alone lead my team to winning first place. BUILD saw my potential and taught me the skills necessary to do this. Their continuous support through high school, college, and after has contributed to my success today. I cannot thank them enough for giving me the skills, tools, and resources necessary to being the first in my family to graduate college.

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September 30, 2011

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September 30, 2011

I have volunteered with BUILD for four years helping high school freshmen to write a business plan and present it at a business plan competition to corporate executives and venture capitalists from the Silicon Valley. The experience has been awesome for me each year. Helping the students to realize their passion for business, challenge themselves to go beyond what they thought they are capable of, and make the decision that they will be the first in their family to go to college are what I find most rewarding about the experience. Each and every week, I truly have a sense that I am making a difference.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping the students to become more engaged academically and hearing about their successes later in their high school careers.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them expand to more schools!!

September 30, 2011

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September 30, 2011

I started volunteering with BUILD after learning about the program through a social entrepreneurship class. I was so impressed with the enthusiasm and passion of everyone in the organization. Their hearts are truly in it 110 percent. I was so inspired by the stories I heard and the people I met, that I've mentioned BUILD to almost every entrepreneur I've encountered. It's truly a special organization. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great cause!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 29, 2011

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September 29, 2011

BUILD is an amazing program that offers resources to students that would not get the support other places. Because schools are crowded and the counselors at the schools BUILD serves have large student case loads, BUILD is able to serve the students that might fall through the cracks.
The staff
at BUILD genuinely cares for the students and their families. The students that enter the program are immediately considered family and there is little the staff will not do to help them succeed. I recall a time when a student needed clothing for one of the Business Plan Competitions. Without a second thought, staff and mentors coordinated to get the students clothing for the event so that they not only impressed the judges with their plan, but looked professional in the process.
BUILD shows students, through examples and unconditional love, that they can and will be successful with hard work and determination.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have formed a bond with each of the students and seen them excel past their own expectations. I have learned how strong youth can be. I want to continue working with youth because of this program.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would offer this program at more schools and provide transportation from the schools to the offices because more students deserve to have BUILD

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