Twitter and Square Co-Founder and CEO, Jack Dorsey donates $3 million through his #StartSmall initiative to support BUILD.org’s digital initiatives that are reimagining education during COVID-19 and beyond. This investment is a lead gift in the BUILD Opportunity campaign focused on advancing racial equity through youth entrepreneurship.
Start Small’s funding will help scale BUILD’s first digital curriculum, the COVID-19 Virtual Design Challenge, where students apply real world project-based learning and design thinking to create youth-driven solutions for mental and physical wellness during the pandemic. The Challenge helps students channel their anxiety and fear into power and purpose. More digital programming is currently in development, particularly with a focus on racial and economic justice.
The investment will also support an innovative plan for school reopening called Campus Without Walls, which leverages the power of public schools and technology to dismantle de facto school segregation and open access to higher quality teaching and learning citywide, regardless of a student’s zip code or assigned school. The Campus Without Walls pilot, spearheaded by BUILD and Open Opportunity-Massachusetts, launches this school year in Boston Public Schools.
BUILD’s mission is to use entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth from under-resourced communities and propel them to high school, college, and career success. As a longtime member of BUILD’s National Board of Directors, Dorsey’s grant, which came through his #startsmall initiative, will help position BUILD as the leading youth entrepreneurship program for underserved communities in America. Start Small’s recent investment in BUILD aligns with other #StartSmall grants that address racial equity.
The 3-year BUILD Opportunity strategic initiative aims to bring youth entrepreneurship to 100,000+ students and educators by 2023. Other recent BUILD Opportunity milestones include:
To increase open opportunity nationwide, BUILD is asking educators, mentors, and nonprofits to sign up for the challenge and for everyone to share BUILD’s first digital curriculum with their network.
#startsmall is Jack Dorsey’s philanthropic initiative to fund global COVID-19 relief, girls health and education, and efforts towards Universal Basic Income. Dorsey transferred $1 billion (28% of his wealth) to #startsmall in 2020.
BUILD uses entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and equip them for high school, college and career success. Learn more at www.build.org.
We are excited to officially welcome BUILD Boston's new Regional Executive Director, Betsy Neptune! Betsy comes to us with many years of experience as an executive leader and brings to BUILD wisdom and experience in entrepreneurship, economic development, coaching, team development, and nonprofit management.
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