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Age 14-18
Cost Free
Program type In School
Specific needs

At risk, low income

Contact us Colfonse@Build.Org


We are dedicated to proving the power of experiential learning through entrepreneurship, and igniting the potential of youth in under-resourced communities.


BUILD’s unique program offers students a four year entrepreneurship experience designed to reinforce the Common Core and develop 21st Century Skills. BUILD offers two programs: a 9th grade elective course and a 10th-12th afterschool program. Many schools have both BUILD programs, but some of our partner schools only offer the 9th grade elective course.

Industry mentors support each team of students as they create, launch and run their own business. All of the mentor sessions are facilitated by a BUILD teacher or staff member.

Year 1: Build Entrepreneurship
* Plan and launch a small business
* Discover personal strength and passions

Year 2: Build Exploration
* Grow a business or start a new one
* Explore college and career options

Year 3: Build Experience
* Participate in expanded business and/or community internship
* Experience career options and navigate college application process


Build Serves Students In Under-Resourced Communities, Who Attend High Schools With Below-Average Graduation And College Enrollment Rates. Students Are Enrolled In Build In 9th Grade Through Their High Schools. Students Can Be Referred By Teachers Or Counselors, They Can Self-Select In, Or They Can Be Actively Recruited By Build Staff In Each Region.

How to apply

Contact your school's BUILD representative to join. To bring BUILD to your school, please contact Kamila Kovacs, Director of National Growth at for more information.