BUILD Students Visit Google

One Way to Inspire Students to Stay in School

“I don’t think I need to go to college,” said Honeya, a BUILD student, to her mentors.

Mentors Ashley and Pallavi were alarmed. BUILD uses entrepreneurship and experiential learning to motivate students and help them graduate high school and get accepted to college. This is the mission that Ashley and Pallavi signed up for. So when some of their students were giving up on the idea of college, they knew they needed to do something special.

BUILD Students Visit Google
Students from ReJean visit the Google offices with their mentors, Pallavi and Ashley to get a dose of inspiration and motivation to stay in school so they can have a future at a company like Google..

They decided to arrange a couple of field trips for their team, ReJean. The student-run business makes handbags and clutches out of recycled denim. The first trip was a selling event at Deloitte. Rejean was a hit. In fact, they sold out their entire inventory. The second trip was a visit to Google in Cambridge.

“Visiting Google gave me motivation for school,” Honeya said after the visit. “That’s how I now see myself in five years: Working at a company like Google.”

The girls were impressed with the fire pole that goes from the 5th floor to the 4th, the massage schedule, and at how the offices were fun and welcoming—not at all what they expected.

BUILD provides students with many corporate visits during their four years in the program, as well as college tours, including a week-long out-of-state tour. The goal is to broaden the horizons of students, most of whom are low-income students of color, and first generation to attend college. The heart of the program are the mentors. And mentors like Pallavi and Ashley, who go the extra mile to inspire and motivate their students, are the kind of dedicated volunteers that make BUILD successful.

At the end of the Google visit, Honeya turned to her Google host and said, “In a couple of years I will be applying to be an intern. Remember my face.”

The students of Rejean sell purses made out of upcycled materials.


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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


- 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​

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