What We Do

BUILD’s mission is to use entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth from under-resourced communities and propel them to high school, college & career success.

The Problem

Each year, more than 500,000 students drop out of high school. Countless others remain disengaged in school, leaving too many students unprepared for success in the 21st Century.
The Cost to Society: $145 Billion Lifetime cost of each year of dropouts.
  • Unemployment


    • High school dropouts are not qualified for 90% of U.S. jobs
    • Dropouts have 2X rate of unemployment
  • Poverty


    • They earn $250K less than a high school graduate
    • They earn $1M less than a college graduate
  • Incarceration


    • High school dropouts commit 75% of crimes

The Solution

BUILD will enhance the education of students by leveraging our expertise in entrepreneurship and experiential learning to decrease drop-out rates and increase student engagement and learning, leading more students to finish high school prepared for future success.

  • High School Completion

    High School Completion

  • College Enrollment + Graduation

    College Enrollment + Graduation

  • Career Readiness

    Career Readiness

Once we have scaled our direct-service model to over 12x its current size, BUILD will use this programmatic success as a proof point, engaging and training community partners and school districts to adopt our pedagogical approach as a permanent feature of their curricular programs, thereby reducing the drop-out rate and improving the educational engagement of one million students each year.

Learn More

Read our Strategic Plan

BUILD’s Impact

We believe that entrepreneurship is a powerful vehicle to deliver a superior experiential education.  Our impact to date supports this thesis.

Measuring Our Impact

BUILD (Average 2012-2017)
National Average for Target Demographic (2012-2016)
National Average overall (2012-2015)
High School Graduation Rate
College Enrollment
4-Year College Enrollment


*Not currently available

1 nces.ed.gov

2 nscresearchcenter.org/hsbenchmarks