In Boston, 1,300-1,600 students drop out of high school every year! In a country where it has
become incredibly difficult to secure a job, the lack of a high school diploma
and post-secondary education can be crippling--particularly for low-income
students who lack the resources, skills and social capital of their more
BUILD is a nonprofit
whose mission is to use entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged, low-income
students through high school to college success. The organization helps
students to create their own businesses while still in high school, teaching
them entrepreneurial skills through the help of volunteer mentors and venture
capital funding. For many of them this
could mean the difference between graduating high school and dropping out.
BUILD recently held its first major selling event, BUILDFest 2012
at Davio's Atrium. The event was an
incredible success! It allowed students to practice their presentation skills
while also bringing in hard cash. Some business teams used the opportunity to
conduct market research, bringing in prototypes and collecting consumer
Following the selling expo were speeches from Jeff Glass, Managing
Director at Bain Capital Ventures and a moving speech by BUILD student Raheem
Furtado. Raheem is the CEO of Muzentil Media and a Junior at Jeremiah E. Burke
High School. Muzentil Media sells pens that play music to inspire students to
keep on track with their studies. Raheem explained to attendees how much the
four-year program has motivated him to succeed in high school and beyond.
“BUILD has never held me back. BUILD always pushes me forward,” Raheem said of
Do you or a friend have two hours each week, November through
June, to support students like Raheem in achieving their entrepreneurial and
academic dreams? BUILD is looking for a few more talented professionals to mentor
freshmen business teams at schools in Brighton and Dorchester! Both schools are
accessible by public transportation and have parking on site.
To find out more, register to join our networking lunch on Thursday, November 8 from
12:30-2:00 PM at the Cambridge Innovation Center. If you cannot make it to the
event but would like to get involved, email Ryan Oliver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ryan Oliver is a Site Director for BUILD Greater Boston.