Black History Month 2024

BUILD celebrated Black History Month by honoring and showcasing our talented students, educators, staff, and extended community for their achievements and entrepreneurial ventures. BUILDing racial equity matters. The work is rigorous, but everyone deserves a chance to have a seat at the table. Take a look!


BUILD wants to take a moment to recognize these entrepreneurs and their hard work…

Glaydson Piers


Piers is a distinguished BUILD Boston Alumni and participant in BUILDFest National 2021. Not only is he a talented singer but he also has his own Spotify Channel. Join him and enjoy his music throughout the day by following his channel!


Click here to listen!


Justin Lokosso


Justin is a poet, storyteller, judo practitioner, and educator, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the university of New York-Hunter College. Fueled by a passion to defy those who doubted the potential of an English degree, he brings an athletic mindset to every work environment. He thrives in team-oriented settings and relishes opportunities to learn new skills, constantly expanding his knowledge.


Click here to check out his LinkedIn


Testimonial: “Being Black in America is always a question of perception to me. I worry about how others see me, how my students are seen, or if we are seen at all. I’m grateful for BUILD because I feel seen, I feel valued, and I try to ensure that I carry that energy into every space that I enter, with students, colleagues and partners alike.”

Toeill Washington


As an activist and Co-founder of Black Boston Inc., she initially engaged in violence prevention and curriculum development with local non-profits. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Salem State University. In the midst of the pandemic and civil rights movement, Washington, now a young CEO, seeks to broaden her impact. Recognising challenges in discussing race, class, and gender, she creates innovative, enjoyable products to facilitate these conversations. One of her latest products is her latest card game called “Road to a Mil”


Check out her game and more at

The BUILD community is so dynamic. Entrepreneurship is our business and everyone’s journey is different. Watch and listen as these talented individuals speak to the impact of BUILD in their lives.

Students are the heart of BUILD. Jaquan is a student at High School for Innovation in Advertising and Media in Canarsie, Brooklyn. He is excited about being an entrepreneur because he can solve problems in his community and help people in need.
This is why Jaquan BUILDs.

At BUILD, we strive for excellence, build bridges, and value diversity. Diversity at BUILD means that our staff and community at large include people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, etc. We aim to mirror the populations we serve as we continue this journey to giving youth across the nation the pathways to a better tomorrow. Here are some thoughts from a few of our leaders.


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1. iPhone, iPad, Zoom and Loom are all choices of recording tools for their video presentation 
2. Record with both students and their presentation in view
3. Record horizontally for the best view of the students and their presentation
4. Follow Presentation Diagram to the Right


- Make eye contact with the camera
- Notecards may be used as cue cards
•Pro Tip: Notecards should avoid having a full script
- Even when you are not speaking, don’t forget the camera is still recording!
•Be aware of your body language while you and your business partners are speaking
- Everyone has an opportunity to speak
- Professional dress is encouraged
- Practice makes perfect
•Practice how you will transition from each speaker
•Project your voice when you speak​

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Fill out this form to receive a free sample of our curriculum and to receive occasional email updates on how to bring BUILD to your community.