Bay Area

In BUILD Bay Area’s Class of 2014,  97% graduated from high school and 94% have been accepted to at least one college or university. 93% of the BUILD class of 2012 persisted past their first year of college.

During the 2014-2015 program year, 80% of Bay Area students are low-income and qualify for free or reduced lunch, 92% are an ethnicity that is under-represented in higher education.

In the Bay Area, one in four high school students drops out annually.  95% of BUILD sophomores from CCPA passed both sections of the CAHSEE on their first try.

Key Statistics

  • 842

    Students Served

  • 155

    Student Businesses

  • 94%

    Students Accepted to a Post Secondary Institution

BUILD: Bay Area

BUILD is a four-year college readiness program whose mission is to use entrepreneurship-based, experiential learning to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and equip them for high school, college, and career success.
During the 2014-2015 program year, 80% of Bay Area students are low-income and qualify for free or reduced lunch, 92% are ethnicity under-represented in higher education, and 79% would be from the first generation in their family to graduate from college. Many students also had low middle school GPAs, state test scores, and attendance rates – three early predictors of dropping out of high school that may disqualify our students from other college access programs.
By helping students develop and run their own small businesses, BUILD supplements traditional school with real-world business experiences and critical skill-building for the future. BUILD Bay Area currently serves over 840 students in Oakland and the Peninsula.
  • Oakland
  • Peninsula

School Partners

Oakland Schools

  • Envision Academy
  • Golden State College Preparatory Academy
  • Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy
  • Coliseum College Prep Academy
  • MetWest High School
  • Oakland Technical High School

Peninsula Schools

  • Sequoia High School
  • Woodside High School
  •  Menlo-Atherton High School
  •  East Palo Alto Academy

Local Advisory Board

  • Maz Sharafi, Board Chair, Head of Monetization Product Marketing, Direct Response, Facebook
  • Louis Chang, Sector Head, Criterion Capital Management
  • Michael Farb, Chief Revenue Officer, Blue Star Sports
  • Lynda Galligan, Partner, Goodwin Procter
  • Alana Karen, Service Delivery Director, Google Fiber, Google
  • Ralph Kindred, Strategy & Innovation Leader, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Todson Page, Partner, PwC
  • Ralph Schmitt, President and CEO, OCZ Technolog
  • Cindy Worthington, Vice President Business Development, Wells Fargo
  • Denise Yamamoto, Nonprofit Consultant