During this very challenging time, our hearts and minds are with you and your loved ones. While a lot has changed in these last few weeks, the one thing that has not changed is our commitment to our youth entrepreneurs.
BUILD serves young people from high poverty, high needs areas, and therefore works with communities that are disproportionately affected by the current crisis. As such, BUILD staff is working full-time to step up our services to meet the critical needs of our students and their families, including:
Providing emergency gift cards in increments of $500 to $1,000 for families most in need, to cover groceries and basic supplies.
Ensuring every student and household served has access to a laptop computer, along with training in how to use these devices. We are also ensuring that every family has a reliable internet connection.
Digitizing our curriculum and developing virtual lessons and activities on Entrepreneurship, College & Career Readiness to keep our students connected and engaged in learning during school closures.
Activating virtual mentoring so that the mentors who volunteer with BUILD are reconnected with their students for ongoing relationship building and social/emotional support.
Initiating virtual college counseling to ensure that our seniors stay on track for high school graduation, applying for financial aid, and getting assistance with their college selection process.
Although the shift to distance learning has not been easy, we are pleased to report BUILD students remain engaged and excited about running their businesses and learning new skills. We applaud the flexibility and dedication of our teachers and mentors who continue to provide business coaching and much-needed moral support to our students.
While we have shown tremendous resiliency and innovation since public schools closed, there is a lot more to accomplish before the end of the school year. We thank you for continuing to support our students, parents, school partners, and communities.