Rating: 4.81 stars   43 reviews


2385 Bay Road Redwood City CA 94063 USA


Through entrepreneurship-based, experiential learning, BUILD ignites the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and equips them for high school, college and career success.


Since 1999, BUILD has: Incubated over 750 youth businesses Partnered successfully with over 20 schools Expanded service from one city to five Grew budget from $37,000 to $12M Grew staff from 1 to over 100 Since 2012, 98% of students completing the BUILD program graduate from high school on time, and 98% of those are accepted to at least one post secondary opportunity

Target demographics:

BUILD works with 1,425 under-resourced students, most of whom will be the first generation in their family to succeed in college and are considered highly disengaged, meaning they have low GPAs, low standardized test scores and infrequent attendance.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

99% of BUILD seniors graduated from high school, 100% of graduating seniors were admitted to at least one college, 90% were admitted to at least one four-year university and 70% enrolled in college.

Geographic areas served:

San Francisco Bay Area, Washington D.C. and Boston, MA, New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA


BUILD works with high school students at-risk for dropping out of school. Our four-year college preparation program begins as a ninth-grade class and uses entrepreneurship as a vehicle to teach academic, business and executive functioning skills. Entrepreneurship is a powerful hook, but college is the goal. By helping students start up and run their own small businesses, BUILD supplements traditional school with real-world professional experiences, academic support and 21st Century skill-building. By equipping students with these college and career readiness skills, BUILD reduces high school drop-out rates and gives youth hope and a promising future in college

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Reviews for BUILD

Rating: 5 stars  

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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Talking to the kids that completed the program

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

Expand to more areas of the US.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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