Teaching the next generation the entrepreneurial mindset and skills that will lead to college, career and life success.
Through the empowering experience of running a real business, students demonstrate increased proficiency in six critical competencies we call Spark Skills: Communication, Collaboration, Problem Solving, Innovation, Grit, and Self Management. Most importantly, BUILD students develop a vital sense of self-agency over their education and careers.
BUILD currently serves thousands of students in New York City, Boston, San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, DC with our 3-year model. Our continued growth is through our 1-year programs and virtual offerings nationwide. Our 1-year programs provide a turnkey experience for educators throughout the country with professional development and ongoing support.
10 hours of engaging, culturally responsive, project-based digital content that inspires entrepreneurial innovation
A flexible 6-unit program integrated into core or CTE classes or as a standalone elective. 60 – 120 hours of lesson plans that can be taught in a semester, year-long, or after school. Grades 8 – 12.
A flexible, 6-unit curriculum that expands on our BUILD Your Business curriculum with a focus on skill development, exploration and growing a profitable business, marketing, scaling a business and building social capital. 60 – 120 hours of lesson plans that can be taught in a semester, year-long, or after school. Grades 8 – 12.
BUILD Your Future offers themed lessons that help students develop navigational capital around career pathways, financial wellness, networking connections, college pathways, building structures of support, and persistence.
BUILD’s unique 3-Year Model offers students entrepreneurship experience designed to reinforce the Common Core and develop 21st Century Skills. We connect our students to a powerful network of mentors who support them as they realize their potential and abilities. BUILD staff work closely with teachers by providing ongoing coaching on the day to day program facilitation. BUILD also provides mentorship from local businesses to support in the classroom. BUILD staff assist with all student events. BUILD’s 3-Year Program is currently offered in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA; Washington, DC; Boston, MA; and New York, NY.
BUILD offers three levels of support based on in-person or remote support from BUILD Staff.
There is no deadline. It all depends on how easily and quickly your school or community-based organization can approve new curriculum. The BUILD program can launch based on your schedule. Please complete the interest form and let us know your schedule.
BUILD uses a train-the-trainer model and partners with a teacher on campus to teach the curriculum. Virtual and in-person teacher training is conducted annually before the school year begins, and teachers receive dedicated staff support and on-call assistance throughout the year.
Nope! BUILD offers a turnkey proprietary curriculum that has activities and lesson plans already built in.
The curriculum is designed specifically for grades 8 – 12. Our team has supported all kinds of schools – charter, private, public, independent, Montessori, etc. Our courses have also been used in after-school programs and community centers.
BUILD can be taught as a standalone elective in year one, as a three-year elective pathway, or be integrated into an existing Career and Technical or other classes. It can be taught as a semester-long, year-long, integrated, or after school. Each year is 60 - 120 hours of lesson plans
Pricing is based on location and support. The true cost of BUILD far exceeds the amount we charge as we receive amazing support from Foundations, Corporations, and individual donors. We do ask for fees from partners and extend a scholarship opportunity if the full amount is not within your budget.
Each Program is between $5000 and $10,000 per year pending location and support.
The program fee per site consists of integration with partners, annual license to the platform, professional development and support for the educator, how-to manuals, lesson plans, and presentations, as well as student-facing workbooks and activities. Discounts are offered for multi-year contracts, the purchase of multiple programs, and district-wide integration.
The students launch a prototype and learn the elements of running a business in our BUILD your Business Program. They do a funding pitch and start a business and sell their products in the second year, BUILD your voice.
Through these experiences, the goal is for students to see themselves as change agents, entrepreneurs, and innovators ready to tackle any problem they are passionate about, whether during the program or beyond.
School or community-based organization to provide $50 – $100 of seed money to each student team.
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