BUILD Awarded Acceptance Into Stand Together’s Elite Social Entrepreneurship Catalyst Program

BUILD is proud to announce it has been selected to participate in Stand Together’s Catalyst Program, joining the growing national network of more than 100 high-performing organizations that are transforming communities across the country and helping people break the cycle of poverty.

A highly selective six-month management training and mentorship program, Stand Together’s Catalyst Program brings together the nation’s most effective, community-based nonprofits to support, strengthen and scale their impact. Organizations typically fall within one or more issue-area portfolios, such as: Addiction and Mental Health; Financial Empowerment and Entrepreneurship; Housing and Homelessness; In-Prison, Re-Entry and Second Chances; Workforce Development; and Youth and Education.

Organizations invited to join Stand Together’s Catalyst Program have a unique opportunity to improve organizational health and multiply the change they’re driving in their communities through business management coaching; skills-based volunteer support; and connection to national networks of both peer nonprofit leaders and influential philanthropists and business leaders. At the core of the program is the Market-Based Management philosophy, which has been successfully implemented by Koch Industries for decades, to become one of the most profitable enterprises in the country.

BUILD equips students from under-resourced high schools with entrepreneurial and interpersonal skills that enable them to thrive in the 21st-century job market. Over the course of a four-year program, students work in teams and–supported by mentors–design and launch real businesses, while receiving ongoing college and career counseling and support. By empowering high school students with these experiential learning opportunities, BUILD seeks to help them overcome the racial and economic inequality impacting their communities, neighborhoods and families.

In addition to BUILD, organizations participating in the Catalyst Program as part of Cohort Seven include:


Cohort Seven of the 2019 Catalyst Program will kick off on February 4, 2019 in Arlington, VA. For more information on Stand Together’s Catalyst Network and how to get involved, visit


Stand Together is a social change organization committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by supporting the creative solutions of individuals and communities around the country. Founded in 2016, Stand Together draws from a talented pool of social entrepreneurs and committed individuals to select, invest, build and develop community-based, for-purpose organizations with a demonstrated ability to transform lives. Stand Together strengthens communities by investing in social change-makers that can break barriers for individuals in poverty so that they can realize their full potential. For more information visit:


BUILD uses entrepreneurship and experiential learning to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and equip them for high school, college and career success. BUILD’s four-year program guides high school students through the process of designing and launching real businesses, and gives them the 21st-century skills and the academic support they need to succeed in college and careers. Founded in 1999, BUILD serves students in Boston, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco/Oakland and other communities.


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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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