Launched in 2011

“Entrepreneurship is the hook; college and career success are the goals”.


A student’s opportunity is too often limited by their zip code, race, and socioeconomic class.

the build story
IN boston.

Before there was BUILD in Boston, there were three big-hearted champions of youth with a dream to make a difference in the lives of teens in their community. In 2008, Jeff Glass, Ajay Agarwal, and Scott Friend of Bain Capital connected with BUILD’s founder and then CEO, Suzanne McKechnie Klahr, and the plans to bring BUILD to Boston were born.


The Boston site was launched in 2011 with 90 students in four schools by Ayele Shakur, former CEO of BUILD National. Ayele brought decades of experience as an innovator in urban education to BUILD, including 11 years as a classroom teacher in Boston and Los Angeles Public Schools. Under her leadership, the Boston site grew to serve more than 300 students per year in six schools, launched several innovative pilots, and celebrated numerous achievements. Here are a few highlights that exemplify BUILD’s leadership and innovation in Boston over the past decade:


BUILD Boston launches

BUILD Boston launches in Boston Public Schools with the support of dedicated founding board members.

Randolph High School

After years of successful programming in Boston, BUILD’s partnership with Randolph High School begins as a satellite program, and then officially becomes part of BUILD Boston in 2022.

BUILD Boston Expansion

BUILD Boston expands to Salem, MA through a partnership with New Liberty High School.

Class of 2022 at Dearborn STEM Academy, Kanye is CEO of Petdanas, “a pet bandana (bandana, collar, leash) to keep your pet looking fresh and in style.” He shares his journey through BUILD and how his mindset has changed since operating his own business.

Graduated Senior and Valedictorian from Dearborn STEM Academy Lenylse spoke at the 2019 BUILDFest Pitch Challenge about her BUILD journey and relationship with her mentor and team Towel Tote.



BUILD students Alicia and Jamea showcase their product to help a fellow student help alleviate her stress and mental health. The product is a wellness app that helps track the user’s workout, meditation, and calorie plans. 

updates & events.

the build greater boston team.



BUILD Boston

198 Tremont St. #251 Boston, MA 02116



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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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Download a Sample of Our Curriculum

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.