Why I BUILD: “I can accomplish the impossible if I believe”

In her third year at BUILD NYC, High School of World Cultures student Genesis Vaca’s star is shining brighter than ever!

“What I most like about BUILD is that it helps me to develop myself as a young artist by creating designs, prototypes and websites. I also love that through BUILD, I got to meet my now best friends, and my fear to speak and express myself is almost gone, and this fear was really present at the beginning because giving a speech in a second language is really hard. The lesson that I will keep for the rest of my life that I got from BUILD is to have confidence and to believe in myself, because when I came to this country it wouldn’t have crossed my mind that I would be doing presentations in English or leading my team in a business program. BUILD teaches me that I can accomplish even the impossible if I believe in myself; and this is going to help me in the future since I would remember to believe in myself anytime I feel that I can’t do something.” – Genesis Vaca

Watch Genesis pitching her teams’ idea at the Hackathon in November:

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Through the engaging process of launching and running a small business, BUILD students grow in confidence and gain their voice. Young people who may often shy away from speaking in front of groups, jump at the chance to present their ideas and innovations to their classmates, mentors, and professionals from the community.

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VIDEO PREPARATION GUIDELINES

HOW TO RECORD

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

PRESENTATION TIPS.

- 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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