BUILD Celebrates National Mentor Month

Hear the Stories & Join the Community #MentorshipMonth

To wrap up National Mentor Month, we invite you to explore some of our mentor stories and even sign up to be a mentor yourself. Our work would be impossible without our BUILD mentors who volunteer their time, share their expertise, and inspire our students in and out of the classroom. Thank you for being the heart.

"As someone who sat in a similar seat as the students, I know exactly what it's like...

…to go through the journey and explore what it means to start your own business and turn an idea into reality. Seeing the students present their business to judges and then be able to answer tough questions was incredible to witness.”

Jean Merlain, BUILD Boston Mentor

"I love that my students work with adults...

…So many adults! I love BUILD because it brings the students outside the classroom. I love that I don’t teach alone. I love the BUILD mentor program. I believe that students are getting the skills they need to be out in the world.” 

Thelma Moody, BUILD CA Teacher

"Seeing the transition that students go through throughout the academic year...

…is my favorite part of being a BUILD mentor. Many students start the school year somewhat skeptical of the program, but by the end of the year, there are always students who were quiet, but have transformed into individuals that can’t imagine leaving BUILD. Many aim to continue their businesses outside of school after the year ends.” Sebastian Hooker, BUILD NYC Mentor

"Mentors share not only their business expertise but also life experiences....

Most people have had multiple jobs and they get share where they pivoted and what they wish they had known. Mentors also get sense of hope about what are young people are bringing into the world.”

Kim Vinh, BUILD National Director

"Mentors allow students to learn how to present themselves.

As a student, you’re not building that social capital. And then at age 18 – 21, we expect you to cross over this bridge and interview with folks that you never have had an experience with. Mentors help grow their familiarity with talking to adults who more than likely will look very different from them when being interviewed.”
Karleton Thomas, BUILD DC Director

"What our mentors provide is genuine connection. That connection is...

…what helps our students grow. And that is truly the heart of our program. Our mentors come from a variety of backgrounds. All in an effort to give our students that professional network. Sometimes students just need support outside of the classroom; someone to talk to or vent to.”

Danielle Staggs, BUILD DC Manager

"This is the kind of thing I wish I had the opportunity to do more of when I was in school....

I felt the BUILD event was very valuable because it was a great opportunity for the students to practice their presentation skills and talk about themselves. As a volunteer panelist, I thought that all the students were very prepared and asked insightful questions during the career panel portion of the event.”

Ben McGraw, BUILD PA Mentor

"Mentors help our young people develop a sense of self and a growth mindset.

Mentors, you are not only impacting the young people you serve, you are impacting their families, parents, and communities across the nation. Thank you.”

Bill Taylor, BUILD CEO


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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.