When New York went on pause in March, schools, restaurants and museums shuttered. New Yorkers like many others in the rest of the world faced an uncertain new reality.
Frejoel Munoz, a senior at Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy, immediately recognized the challenges that his community and family would face – possible food insecurity and mental and physical health concerns.
Frejoel acted quickly to create solutions to these challenges using the entrepreneurial mindset he developed during his four years at BUILD.
“I try to keep my family safe and healthy by exercising with them at home everyday…promoting a much healthier mindset and body… and playing board games at night,” he said.
Game night is a unique opportunity for the family to silence their devices and appreciate their time together. Whether they’re playing Monopoly or Jenga, Frejoel takes pride in teaching his family how to play these games.
Frejoel Munoz has been involved in BUILD entrepreneurship since 2016
Frejoel has also been distributing meals and water to neighbors who cannot access food. Staying positive during this moment can certainly be difficult but he credits the BUILD community with instilling in him the entrepreneurial mindset he embodies every day.
“Their support helped my self-motivation grow…and allows me to wake up…ready to overcome any obstacle that lays in my way… accomplishing a different goal everyday,” Frejoel said.
He will use this mindset as a college freshmen this fall at Purchase College. His advice to fellow BUILD students who are facing challenges,“If you want to accomplish something, never give up, because hard work pays off.” Frejoel also encourages students to treat every opportunity seriously.
Frejoel Munoz was interviewed by Baratunde Thurston, Host, Writer and Activist about his experience in BUILD. His business, Eco-Lights was featured in the film created by Karma Productions below.
BUILD uses entrepreneurship and experiential learning to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and equip them for high school, college and career success. BUILD’s four-year program guides high school students through the process of designing and launching real businesses, and gives them the 21st-century skills and the academic support they need to succeed in college and careers. Founded in 1999, BUILD serves students in Boston, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco/Oakland and other communities.