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BUILD Interim CEO Announcement

On behalf of BUILD.org’s Board of Directors and the entire BUILD team, BUILD would like to inform our community of a transition within our senior leadership team. Thais Rezende, was appointed by the Board as Interim CEO of BUILD, effective Tuesday, 2/20/24. As you may know, Thais is already an integral part of our organization, serving as BUILD’s President with distinction since 2021. During her tenure, she has spearheaded efforts to enhance organizational impact, playing a pivotal role in the digital transformation of BUILD’s program and significantly enhancing our ability to reach thousands more educators and youth in under-resourced communities across the nation while maintaining the quality and integrity of our core model.   Thais’s deep commitment to BUILD’s mission, her exceptional leadership qualities, and her comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the communities we serve make her the ideal leader to guide BUILD during this pivotal time. Thais is fully committed to continuing progress toward our ambitious strategic vision, ensuring strength and stability as we enter BUILD’s exciting 25th Anniversary year. Next week, Thais will represent BUILD.org at SXSW Edu Conference in Austin, TX, one of the largest and most relevant education conferences in the world. We invite you to hear Thais on the SXSW panel, “Engaging Gen Z in Socially Conscious Entrepreneurship”, featuring ASA, BUILD.org, NFTE, and WeThrive. The discussion will focus on how we can help Gen Z fulfill their entrepreneurial aspirations while adhering to their values

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On behalf of BUILD.org’s Board of Directors and the entire BUILD team, BUILD would like to inform our community of a transition within our senior leadership team. Thais Rezende, was appointed by the Board as Interim CEO of BUILD, effective…

BUILD celebrated Black History Month by honoring and showcasing our talented students, educators, staff, and extended community for their achievements and entrepreneurial ventures. BUILDing racial equity matters. The work is rigorous, but everyone deserves a chance to have a seat…

In celebration of National Entrepreneurship Week, we're thrilled to shine a spotlight on Leigh Mason, BUILD California mentor for the last eight years. Leigh's journey with BUILD exemplifies the transformative impact of mentorship on young minds, fostering a culture of…

Written by BUILD Boston's Director of Mentor and Community Engagement, Angela StokesI had the honor of attending the National Mentoring Summit convened by MENTOR January 23-26 in Washington DC. This year, I spent an extra day to participate in Capitol…

Ring in the New Year With Impact Thank you for your support In 2023, your contributions allowed us to break records: 55,000 students engaged, 2,500 teachers ignited with entrepreneurship education, and over 900 cities electrified with our programs! You are the spark behind BUILD's firework display…

We are beyond thrilled with the way that we have been able to engage and support DC students over the past 12 months. We have seen some truly incredible student business pitches, experienced one of the most exciting Sales bazaars…

This past school year we were able to partner with 8 public schools to develop entrepreneurial skill sets and mindsets for over 470 students. We expanded outside of Boston and launched a successful partnership with Randolph High School. Over 60…

Here at BUILD, from our CEO to every team member, we are grateful that you are part of this community. BUILD extends our deepest gratitude for the shared commitment to fostering the dreams of our bright youth entrepreneurs, teachers, and…

Thanksgiving 2023 Happy Thanksgiving! As we gather around tables laden with delicious feasts, let's take a moment to celebrate more than just the food in front of us. Today, we celebrate the incredible spirit that pulses through our communities—the spirit…

As we wrap up 2023... Happy Holidays Community! I want to acknowledge each of our amazing educators, students and BUILD team for all that we’ve accomplished in the lives of our young people. The success of BUILD is defined by…

#GivingTuesday November is the season of gratitude, and the last hours of #GivingTuesday's worldwide generosity movement are nearing! If you haven’t had the time to think about how to give back to your local community or a community you’re passionate…

Redwood City, CA - BUILD.org is pleased to announce the launch of the new and improved Design Challenge, co-designed with the generous support of Comcast NBCUniversal. In the realm of education, the student voice is an incredibly powerful force that can…

In honor of BUILD’s 25th Anniversary, schools from across the Greater Pittsburgh Area are invited to join the 3rd annual Southwestern PA Youth Pitch Competition! Launching in January 2024, the competition will continue to increase equitable access to entrepreneurship education and highlight…

In August, BUILD launched the Southwestern PA Teacher Fellowship Pilot for middle and high school educators who are interested in developing their students’ 21st-century skills. Fellows receive professional development on critical topics including Project-based Learning, Social-emotional Learning, Design Thinking, and Entrepreneurship…

Classes are in full swing. We wanted to take a moment to shoutout our amazing school partners and teachers for the 2023-2024 academic year.Welcome Back! McKeesport Area High School Teacher: Jill HersheyPenn Hills Charter School of EntrepreneurshipTeacher: Debra Titus  Sto-Rox Jr-Sr High School, in…

BUILD is proud to be a partner of EY and one of the signature initiatives for its global corporate responsibility program, EY Connect Day. On November 3, EY employees from Boston and the Bay Area visited BUILD schools and supported…

In a groundbreaking gathering that brought together Board members from across BUILD Nation, BUILD's first-ever in-person board retreat in Los Angeles was a resounding success. The retreat was a dynamic and transformative experience that reinvigorated the BUILD community, fostering deep…

Born and raised in the Bronx, I was always surrounded by other students of similar backgrounds to mine. Low-income areas of the northmost borough in New York City. Skin tone of darker complexion living in confined apartments, none of us…

BUILD.org declared the winning high school team, Choice 1 Landz from Roosevelt S.T.A.Y. Academy, the first-place winner of the 2023 BUILDFest Metro D.C. Youth Pitch Challenge. The final round of the Challenge, designed to empower young entrepreneurs with real-life experiences,…

From the Student Marketplace to Pitch Competition, our students were the brightest stars in the room at BUILDFest NYC this past Wednesday evening!Thank you to everyone who joined us and supported the event, making it a night our students will…

News Anchor Venessa Welch from Boston 25 News not only was the MC for BUILDFest Boston 2023, she also reported about BUILDFest Boston 2023 on Boston 25 News. Additionally, Patriots Legend Devin McCourty talks about how inspiring the BUILD Boston…

Boston, MA – May 25, 2023 – BUILD.org declared the winning high school team, Sweetify, from Charlestown High School, as the first-place winner of the 2023 BUILDFest Boston Pitch Challenge Presented by EY. The final round of the Challenge, which…

Los Angeles, CA – May 26, 2023 – BUILD.org declared the winning high school team, Maje Studios, from STEM Academy of Hollywood, as the first place winner of the 2023 BUILDFest LA Youth Pitch Challenge hosted by Roku at their…

Berkeley, CA – May 23, 2023 – BUILD.org declared the winning high school team, Hydro Planter, from Lionel Wilson Prep in Oakland, CA, as the first place winner of the 2023 BUILDFest Bay Youth Pitch Challenge. The final round of…

Partnership Ignites the Power of Youth Entrepreneurship in Under-resourced Communities to Create Opportunities for Future Success Los Angeles (May 18, 2023) – BUILD.org is excited to announce their partnership with Roku, a preeminent TV streaming platform, in hosting its inaugural…

On April 27, BUILD Bay Area partners EY, PwC, and Okta hosted a job shadow day for seniors from Aspire Golden State College Preparatory Academy and Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy.

Pittsburgh, PA – April 27, 2023 – BUILD.org declared the winning high school team, Notable Apparel from Northgate Senior High School, as the first place winner of the 2023 Southwestern PA Youth Pitch Competition. The final round of competition, which…

Official Press Release Redwood City, CA – April 19, 2023 – BUILD.org showcases the next generation of entrepreneurial student leaders and changemakers through its innovative BUILDFest events around the Nation over the next three months. BUILD is a national nonprofit…

K-12 Dive, in-depth journalism and insight shaping K-12 education features BUILD Interviews.

BUILD PITTSBURGH ANNOUNCES THE 4 FINALIST TEAMS FOR THE SOUTHWESTERN PA YOUTH PITCH COMPETITIONThe four finalists will compete for over $10,000 in prizes at BUILDFest on April 20th! Imagination & BeyondMcKeesport Area Senior High School Notable ApparelNorthgate Senior High School Primmal CommissionsPenn…

Where would we be without women? BUILD is thrilled to celebrate and pay homage to the dynamic, intelligent, and ambitious women in our community and the world over. Stand with us as we support the next generation of entrepreneurs and…

BUILD.org proudly presents the top 10 semi-finalist student teams that will face-off in the Second Annual 2023 Southwestern PA Youth Pitch Competition on April 20, 2023. Congratulations!   One Last Hope, Monessen High School Notable Apparel, Northgate Senior High School Primmal Commissions, Penn…

BUILD celebrated Black History Month by honoring and showcasing our talented students, educators, staff, and extended community for their achievements and entrepreneurial ventures. BUILDing racial equity matters. The work is rigorous, but everyone deserves a chance to have a seat…

BUILD showed me a lot of gateways when it came to my career path, especially the basics of becoming a professional in whatever field I chose. AURY FERNANDEZ As we approach National Entrepreneurship Week beginning February 11, 2023, we wanted to share…

New York, NY (January 26, 2022) - BUILD is thrilled to announce and welcome Sybil Mimy Wells as the new NYC Regional Executive Director. Sybil brings many years of experience as an executive leader in youth development, college access and…

Official Press Release Pittsburgh, PA - January 31, 2023 – BUILD.org is excited to announce the Second Annual 2023 Southwestern PA Youth Pitch Competition happening on April 20, 2023. With the generous support of BNY Mellon, Comcast NBCUniversal, DonorsChoose, and…

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…

Since the start of the 22/23 school year, so much has happened at BUILD Metro DC.  From teacher training in August, new partnerships with Higher Achievement and After-School All-Stars, a Student Sales Bazaar at Roosevelt S.T.A.Y. just last month, and a…

Support Youth Entrepreneurship This holiday season, please consider supporting BUILD entrepreneurs as they develop the skills and confidence to build bright futures for themselves.Jaquan is a student at High School for Innovation in Advertising and Media in Canarsie, Brooklyn.  He…

Join BUILD Pittsburgh as we launch our 2023 Youth Pitch Competition! CALLING ALL MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATORS IN SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA! Compete for School or Community Organization Pride and win prizes totaling a value of $10,000!  Get Started Today! For educators...…

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…

"As an alumnus of BUILD (Class of 2010), and now full time employee of this incredible organization, I am proud to support BUILD.org, a program that uses entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities to build Career success,…

Redwood City, CA. (January 5th, 2023) - The Board of Directors of BUILD.org is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Taylor as the next Chief Executive Officer. Bill has extensive experience in scaling different organizations, including NAF where he…

We are OVERWHELMED!Thanks to all of YOUR support, we have raised over $31,000 for Generation Entrepreneur this #GivingTuesday! Your contributions brought our vision for an America driven by diverse change-makers closer to reality. We are so grateful for all your…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sT6g7tNRFUw Last Call! #GivingTuesday2022The founders of LinkedIn, Airbnb, Square and Pinterest have taken the stand to share why they support BUILD. Will you join them in supporting young entrepreneurs today? So far, you have helped us raise $16,000+ to support…

Today is Giving Tuesday! Last year, we had 50 individuals start campaigns, raising over $60,000. This year, 77 dedicated individuals have started BUILD #GivingTuesday fundraisers, and they need your help to reach their goal! Today, we are standing together to use entrepreneurship…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7GZCLsdtnU Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday! With your support, you can impact students like Marianny this #GivingTuesday! She's a first-generation Dominican American high school senior who aspires to be a lawyer!  Your generosity will allow youth to create, adapt, problem-solve, pivot,…

Can you imagine coming up with a product and then having to pitch it in front of a group of total strangers? This is what we ask our BUILD students to do every day, yet it is not often that…

Twenty-seven Members and Students Join Forces to Define Student Success, Career Readiness and Economic Mobility For All BUILD is pleased to announce the creation of the Pittsburgh Entrepreneurial Education Council for Youth (PEECY) in Pittsburgh, PA.The goal of the EE…

This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week! Wondering how to celebrate innovation and young entrepreneurial ventures in your area? BUILD's young entrepreneurs are already pitching their new business ideas and selling their products at BUILD events, both nationally and in our…

BUILDing Stories Blog Series | Post #1 BUILDing Stories | October Feature The Kool Keychains team hit the ground running this year! They are a little different than other student businesses because they have a B2B business model, so instead…

How One Innovative Non-Profit Ignited This Millennial Entrepreneur’s Life Buy Tony's Book Today! Today, Tony Shavers III is an award winning self-published author, entrepreneur, and fundraising professional. From the outside world, it would appear that Tony has always had life…

This November, we are celebrating entrepreneurs, change-makers, and leaders. We welcome you to join us this National Entrepreneurship Month to support our students. Last year, we had over 58 individual campaigns raising over $60,000! This year, we invite you to…

The semester is in full swing and we know how difficult it can be to grab your class's attention. As a BUILD teacher, you can not only teach your students to become the next generation of leaders but how to be…

National Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual celebration of the history and culture of the U.S. Latinx and Hispanic communities. The event commemorates how those communities have influenced and contributed to American society at large. Click here to learn more.…

Our wonderful Richard King Mellon Foundation friends have released their 2021 Annual Report! With their support, BUILD is able to bring entrepreneurship education to students and teachers in the Greater Pittsburgh area, with a goal to reach over 1,500 student…

Comcast NBCUniversal Connects and Supports Two Educational Non-profits To Teach Students Real-World Skills for Career Success Enter the Challenge Redwood City, CA, October 3rd, 2022 -- Through Comcast NBCUniversal’s support, BUILD is partnering with DonorsChoose to launch a new Classroom…

Coded by Kids is creating opportunities for underrepresented young people to become tech and innovation leaders by providing education, resources and support. I chat with CEO Danae Mobley about the program and registration for the upcoming Innovation League.

Article by The Plug: A New Program is Encouraging Philly Teens to Become Technologists Through Sports. Written by Alesia Bani.

Article by Al Dia News. There are many different industries that young individuals can look to that serve as examples of successful, high-earning careers.

However, for many, the access and exposure to certain career paths are underrepresented.

To address this, two organizations — Coded by Kids (CbK) and BUILD.org — are partnering together to expand opportunities for both children and adults.

BUILD's Design Challenge Bring the Design Challenge to Your Students in Grades 6-12! Made by teachers for teachers. Empowering Educators With Human-Centered Design. Engage your students by teaching them empathy, prototyping and testing, to solve real life problemsEnhance your own professional skills…

In partnership with Coded by Kids and BUILD.org, 1Philadelphia initiative creates a league aiming to build and nurture technology and leadership skills in Philadelphia’s future innovators through citywide competition. Through the 1Philadelphia initiative, Coded by Kids is partnering with BUILD.org…

Welcome Back! Pumpkin spice is back on the menus. Sweaters are on the racks. This can only mean one thing; it's BUILD Your Way Back to School time! With new offerings such as a digitized curriculum, another round of the…

Are you looking for hands-on, innovative ways to make  learning fun for your students? Engage in the BUILD Design Challenge! It's a free, 10-hour online experience designed for educators like you to have meaningful conversations with your students about what…

On behalf of the BUILD NYC team, our outstanding students, parents, school partners, and volunteers, thank you for joining us on June 1 for BUILDFest NYC. Because of generous supporters like you, we raised $261,000 in support of our youth…

On May 11th, we hosted our 12th annual DC Biz Pitch Competition, and it was a night to remember!At the event, we came together to celebrate our students and hear their inspiring stories of resilience, as well as words of…

This year, BUILD was excited to partner with Rob Dyrdek and the Do or Dier Foundation to launch our BUILD's See it. Believe it. Do it. Competition! This year's winner was Jalen Jahn, 16-year-old entrepreneur from Atlanta, GA, for his…

BUILD celebrates Juneteenth and advocates for an equitable and diverse society year-round. Discover different ways you can create a positive change in your community and how we celebrated this year.

As the school year comes to a close and we head into summer break, we'd like to take a moment and reflect upon how proud we are of our BUILD.org teachers and youth entrepreneurs.  Earlier this June, we wrapped up…

Comcast's Affordable Connectivity Program helps eligible households obtain a credit of up to $30/month towards  Internet and mobile services. This is part of their efforts to advance Entrepreneurship, Connectivity, and Digital Equity in partnership with many nonprofits. BUILD is a…

As Asian American & Pacific Islander Month, comes to a close, we at BUILD believe in always supporting Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) voices in their fight against racial discrimination and disadvantages. We would like to share with you,…

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM) was established to celebrate the unique identities, experiences, and cultures of AAPI. However, this month is also used to illuminate the challenges of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) identity. In…

“Activating Youth Voice in Program Design” Webinar Led by BUILD’s Youth Advisory Panel    Redwood City, CA - Wednesday, May 18, 2022  -- BUILD.org, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to use entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth from…

The way to engage students is to make sure that they care about the material and know how much you care about them. By Todd Finley - Edutopia

A Florida educator writes that teacher satisfaction is a complex problem that can only be addressed with a multifaceted approach.

Only one day left until the three finalist student teams present their final pitches for the first Southwestern Pennsylvania Youth Pitch Competition! This Thursday, May 5th from 10am - 2pm EST , the three finalist student teams will compete for $10,000 in prizes, a…

BUILD Uses Entrepreneurship to Teach Financial Literacy to Teens How will you celebrate financial literacy month?  Here are 3 ways BUILD brings financial literacy education to our students: 1. BUILD Gives Students Bank Accounts! Throughout BUILD, students have bank accounts…

Mayors Making Change Last week, we closed out Women's History Month by recognizing some powerful women mayors and BUILD leaders. The three fantastic women mayors above are making strides for their cities and for young women everywhere who look up…

It's International Women's Day! BUILD has been led by powerful, fearless women for the last 20 years! BUILD all started when four students asked BUILD Founder, Suzanne McKechnie Klahr, to support their business idea. Today, BUILD is led by two…

BUILD We Must! By joining our monthly giving community, you are helping to build a new generation of future leaders and change-makers, thus diversifying our workforce and creating a more equitable society.

  BUILD Metro DC Associate Board welcomes new board member, Aaron Swinton! Aaron is inspired by the work that BUILD does to support students in under-resourced communities build businesses and make connections that will impact their future. Aaron is interested in…

BUILD Metro DC is excited to announce the addition of a new Metro DC Associate Board member, Rachel Vas! Rachel Vas has 13 years of professional experience in international development and supply chain in the public and private sector. Currently…

BUILD Metro DC is thrilled to announce a new addition to the team! Carrie Miller will be joining the BUILD Metro DC Associate Board!  Carrie Miller is an Associate in the Global Trade practice of Goodwin Procter LLP, where she…

Last Month was #MentoringMonth and we took the opportunity to celebrate the many inspiring mentors in BUILD! With so many powerful adult role models supporting our students and mission, we asked our mentors about their experience in BUILD and featured them each Monday in January!

Kassie McGue, a skilled and ambitious woman from Chicago joins the BUILD team!

Did you know it's National Entrepreneurship Week? One of the biggest challenges we face as a nation is how to create a more equitable and prosperous future for all. Teaching entrepreneurship education helps create a diverse new generation of entrepreneurial leaders and…

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- BUILD.org is partnering with the Richard King Mellon Foundation (RKMF) to develop the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and changemakers. Spanning over four years, RKMF's $1.2 million investment will be allocated to Allegheny and Westmoreland counties and will help to equip youth with…

"Ask the Experts: Youth Entrepreneurship and the 21st Century Economy" - Philanthropy Roundtable recently interviewed three leaders of nonprofit organizations, including BUILD CEO Ayele Shakur, involved in this work to seek their perspectives on the importance of youth entrepreneurship education…

Black Enterprise Digital Media features BUILD CEO Ayele Shakur. In her interview, Ayele Shakur shares her belief that if our country wants to build a strong future for tomorrow, we need to teach young students about entrepreneurship starting today. Read…

We are thrilled to announce that Trish Walker has stepped up into the role of Board Chair for BUILD Boston’s Advisory Board after 2 years as an active member of the Board.

Renita D. Young from Bloomberg Black Business interviews BUILD CEO, Ayele Shakur on December 17, 2021

Now, more than ever, is the time to make history and redefine what it means to be an Entrepreneur. According to Hubspot, approximately 26% of Black Americans identify as Entrepreneurs—that makes them one of the fastest-growing demographic of entrepreneurs in the…

November is National Entrepreneurship Month! BUILD envisions a world where every student, in every public high school across America, is learning to think and act like an entrepreneur.BUILDing Gen E is a growth campaign to build a diverse new generation…

This month, Ayele Shakur, BUILD CEO, received the 2021 National Alliance of Black School Educators (NASBE) Hall of Fame Award! NABSE is the nation's premier nonprofit organization devoted to furthering the academic success for the nation's children - particularly children…

This school year, BUILD NYC has expanded its reach with the addition of a new school partner, DeWitt Clinton High School located in the Kingbridge neighborhood in the Bronx. Katie Gilbert, a former teacher at BUILD’s longstanding school partner, High…

Ayele Shakur believes that if our country wants to build a strong future for tomorrow, we need to teach young students about entrepreneurship starting today. A veteran classroom educator, Shakur taught for 11 years in the Los Angeles area and in the…

Virtual Event, November 10th, 9am PT/12pm ET RSVP Now! As part of our BUILDing Gen E Campaign, join us and watch BUILD alumni, Aury Fernandez and CEO, Ayele Shakur speak at a special Global Entrepreneurship Week event hosted by Barton LLP! Aury will moderate a…

From November 1st - 30th, we are celebrating entrepreneurs, change-makers, innovators, and job creators who are transforming their ideas into companies and building Career success, Entrepreneurial mindsets, and Opportunity with BUILD. Together, we need to create a generation of young people who are prepared…

Last month, BUILD Metro DC held our inaugural State of BUILD DC. Hosted by BUILD Metro DC’s Regional Executive Director, Karleton Thomas, and our Board Chair, Dora Gougoufkas, the event provided a report on last year’s student achievements as well…

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