Since the start of the 22/23 school year, so much has happened at BUILD Metro DC.
From teacher training in August, new partnerships with Higher Achievement and After-School All-Stars, a Student Sales Bazaar at Roosevelt S.T.A.Y. just last month, and a meet and greet with our Board at a local business in Vienna, it has been a whirlwind time that has helped us reach more than 250 students to date. And in the second semester, we’ll be adding even more schools – reaching more than 100 additional students and bringing our yearly total to more than 350 engaged DC youth – a milestone for our region.
But before we go any further, I wanted to pause and take a moment to say, Thank You!
What we have achieved, we have achieved together. It has been with the support of our schools, volunteers, Board, donors, corporate partners, and community relationships that we have been able to achieve so much.
And while our work is not yet done, and there is still so much more to do, taking a moment to thank each and every one of you for your support is absolutely the right thing for us to do.
So, as you head into the holiday break, please take our gratitude with you and have a fantastic time with the people you love. When the new year starts, we’ll reach out to you with more opportunities to invest your time, talent, and treasure in DC youth.
BUILDing Our Community
Roosevelt STAY Pop-Up Shop & Business Pitch Competition
Only three months in, and one of our new BUILD school partners, Roosevelt S.T.A.Y. Opportunity Academy is having a superb year!
Our incredible student entrepreneurs have already pitched their business ideas, sold at a local pop-up shop, and produced commercials to market their high-demand products and innovative social enterprises.
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Check out the video above from Roosevelt S.T.A.Y.’s first-place Business Pitch Competition winner, Choice 1 Landz Landscaping.
BUILDing Community Open House Wine Tasting & Pop-Up Shop
On December 5th, members from our Local Advisory Board, and their guests, attended a local wine tasting and pop-up shop at the Vienna Wine Outlet in Vienna, Virginia. The event was designed to introduce guests to BUILD’s work and to raise money for students by selling curated student products to attendees. A huge thank you to Board members Andrea DiMarco and Dora Gougoufkas for sponsoring and hosting the event, and also a thank you to the Vienna Wine Outlet for donating a percentage of sales in support of DC students.
Get an afternoon pick-me-up by watching this 30-second clip from Shannon Taylor of the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development. Shannon shares unbridled joy in her testimonial on student selling and the importance of BUILD in our local community.
The Perfect Holiday Gift for the Youth in Your Life
Have a young person you care about and want to give them a unique gift that can’t be beat? Consider sharing The 9 Business Resources for Young Entrepreneurs and helping them on the way to starting a successful business.
Welcome to Our New School Partners
BUILD Metro DC is pleased to welcome our new school partners to the BUILD Design Challenge. Starting in March next year, students from Ballou STAY Opportunity Academy, Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus, H.D. Woodson STEM High School, and John Hayden Johnson Middle School will launch their journey into Human-Centered Design – learning how to empathize, ideate, prototype, and a whole host more!
69% of teens have a business idea but aren’t sure how to start. Share the BUILD Design Challenge with a school in your local neighborhood and help a young person on the road to entrepreneurship today.
Born in DC, but Taking the Country by Storm
Run by Ofri Brener – a business expert deeply committed to supporting entrepreneurs with ideas that lead to positive changes in their communities – BUILD’s Business Incubator is a national, online after-school program first created in DC to take young entrepreneurs to the next level of their entrepreneurial journey.
Do you know a young person who you think could be interested? Share the following link with them and tell them to enroll fast – the Incubator will start back up this January, and spots are limited: https://build.org/business-