BUILD Greater Boston uses entrepreneurship-based, experiential learning to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and prepare them for high school, college and career success.
The program offers students a four-year entrepreneurship to reinforce the Common Core, develop 21st-century skills and motivate engagement in school. Starting in ninth grade, BUILD students work with peers and mentors to develop business ideas, pitch to funders and launch real businesses.
With support from BNY Mellon, BUILD saw 97 percent of their second class of seniors graduate on time and be accepted to college. They expanded to a sixth partner school, launched an innovative dual-enrollment program at Charlestown High School in partnership with Bunker Hill Community College and increased student enrollment from 250 to 350. BUILD recruited more than 100 mentors to work with students weekly and hired two new full-time staff members to help meet their growth goals. BNY Mellon employees also contribute to the success of BUILD’s model by volunteering as judges and mentors to the young entrepreneurs.
“BNY Mellon’s generosity is making college accessible for low-income Boston students who otherwise might never get the chance to pursue higher education.”Ayele Shakur, Regional Executive Director, BUILD Greater Boston
“With BNY Mellon’s gift, BUILD was able to serve 100 more students this year than last year. Thank you for helping BUILD students achieve their dreams.”