BUILD Pittsburgh

550

Students Served

65

Teachers Trained

PROBLEM:

A student’s opportunity is too often limited by their zip code, race and class.

the build story
IN Pittsburgh.

In 2020, BUILD began exploring the feasibility of bringing our entrepreneurship education programming to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Through the support of the Richard King Mellon Foundation (RKMF), BUILD conducted a comprehensive Landscape Analysis Study (Study). The Study found a need, and opportunity, for youth entrepreneurship education in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties. With the support of a four-year RKMF grant (2021-2025), BUILD has two full-time staff located in PA who are working with schools, community-based organizations (CBOs), out-of-school-time providers (OSTPs), and the community-at-large to establish a sustainable presence of BUILD in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.

 

BUILD Pennsylvania showcases that dreaming big, working hard, and persistence is in all of us. As we move forward, we will continue to inspire and empower under-resourced students across the Greater Pittsburgh Area to achieve their full potential and help build a brighter, more equitable, and interconnected society.

2020

Feasibility Study

In 2020, BUILD began exploring the feasibility of bringing our entrepreneurship education programming to Pittsburgh. Through the support of the Richard King Mellon Foundation (RKMF), BUILD conducted a comprehensive Landscape Analysis Study (Study). The Study found that there was a need, and opportunity, for youth entrepreneurship education.
2021

BUILD Pittsburgh was launched!

In 2021, the Richard King Mellon Foundation awarded BUILD with a grant to implement BUILD in partnership with schools in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties. BUILD Pittsburgh launched its first pilot school, McKeesport Area Senior High School.
2022

Spreading the Word

In May 2022, BUILD Pittsburgh hosted the first annual Southwestern Pennsylvania Youth Pitch Competition to for all educators and high school students to have the chance to compete in teams for prizes while experiencing Project-Based Learning in Entrepreneurship through the BUILD Design Challenge.
2022

Growth and Opportunity

Since 2022, BUILD Pittsburgh has grown to serve more than 300 students with our year-long curriculum in six full-time partner schools, as well as 150 students in our yearly Youth Pitch Competitions.


Aaliyah Taylor & Sierra Fisher

Aaliyah Taylor and Sierra Fisher are both 8th graders at Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship. On Saturday Light Brigade Radio, they share their BUILD experience as the 1st Place Winners of the 2022 Southwestern PA Youth Pitch Competition.

 

Team Next Step Generation Representation

Team Next Step Generation Representation from McKeesport High School takes second place at the SWPA Youth Pitch Competition (2022) with their idea for a multi-media campaign for minorities in the fashion industry.

 


McKeesport Area High Schoolers

BUILD Students Amyca Wilson, Colin Scharritter, and Aliyah McClung are high school students from McKeesport who were featured in RK Mellon Foundation’s 2021 Annual Report. Together, the three students came up with entrepreneurial solutions to bring attention to their home city.

Thank You to Our Partners

  • All
  • Boston
  • Catalyst $100K+
  • Pennsylvania

updates & events.

the build greater Pittsburgh team.

Pittsburgh.

MAILING

P.O. Box 3316
Redwood City, CA 94064

Contact

[email protected]
Phone (510) 271-8244

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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​

Follow positioning format Above

Download a Sample of Our Curriculum

Fill out this form to receive a free sample of our curriculum and to receive occasional email updates on how to bring BUILD to your community.