BUILD Boston

BUILD is a four-year program that uses entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth from under-resourced communities and propel them to high school, college, and career success. We empower high school students to launch and run their own small businesses, an engaging experience that enables them to connect their classroom learning to the “real world.” Students also receive academic advising, college counseling, and mentorship to ensure that they stay on track to achieve their college and career goals.

BUILD 9th graders enroll in a credit-bearing, in-school, Intro to Entrepreneurship course taught by a BUILD-trained teacher and also work after school 2 days per week with volunteer mentors from the business community. Students learn the fundamentals of business, identify a target market, develop their own ideas for a marketable product, write a business plan, compete at showcases and selling events, and launch real, licensed businesses. For 10th-12th grade, BUILD shifts to an after-school program where students meet for up to six hours a week to work on their businesses and academic skills, to ensure they are on track to graduate and get accepted to their post-secondary option of choice.

In addition to Boston, BUILD serves students in under-resourced high schools in New York City, Washington DC, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Angeles. In our 20-year history, working with schools with graduation rates between 30-70%, BUILD has seen more than 95% of our students graduate from high school on time and get accepted to college.

This is Hestia’s first year funding BUILD Greater Boston. Hestia’s grant of $30,000 will support the Youth Entrepreneurship program.