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Every year in the United States, 1.3 million young people drop out of high school. How many is 1.3 million? It is as though the entire city of San Diego dropped out of high school. Every year. Year after year. Unless something drastic changes, within a decade, the number of dropouts will have exceeded the entire population of New York City.

Most of these young people drop out because they’re bored. Knowing this, BUILD addresses the crisis with a four-year, hands-on entrepreneurship training and college preparation program that makes school engaging and relevant—and consequently motivates students to succeed.

It’s working. To date, 99 percent of BUILD seniors have graduated from high school and been accepted to college. Read more about our successful youth entrepreneurship and college readiness program.

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 “Over the years, we have invested in many amazing start-ups and I believe BUILD has been one of our finest. I am very proud that we were seed funders, and we continue to support BUILD’s work in education."

- Pitch Johnson, Supporter          

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"At the end of the school year, my students were able to stand up, be confident and put together a solid presentation about their business...It is so refreshing to open students’ eyes and get them to a new future."

- Alissa, BUILD mentor

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The BUILD Gala honoring Ben Silbermann


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Clinton Global Initiative 2013
CGI America (CGIA) convenes leaders to turn ideas into action. CGI America Commitments to Action represent bold new ways that CGI commitment makers address challenges in the United States—implemented through new methods of partnership and designed to maximize impact. Commitments can be small or large, global or local. No matter the size or scope, commitments help CGI America commitment makers translate practical goals into meaningful and measurable results.


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