Bay Area

BUILD Bay Area serves more than 800 students. In BUILD Bay Area’s Class of 2016, 97% graduated from high school and 96% were accepted to at least one post-secondary opportunity.

BUILD Bay Area’s Class of 2017 received more than 400 college acceptance letters. Boston University, University of Puget Sound, and all 9 UCs are some of the schools that will welcome BUILDers to their campuses.


Key Statistics

  • 842

    Students Served

  • 112

    Student Businesses

  • 98%

    Students Accepted to a Post Secondary Institution

BUILD: Bay Area

BUILD is a four-year college readiness program whose mission is to use entrepreneurship-based, experiential learning to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and equip them for high school, college, and career success.

During the 2014-2015 program year, 80% of Bay Area students are low-income and qualify for free or reduced lunch, 92% are ethnicity under-represented in higher education, and 79% would be from the first generation in their family to graduate from college. Many students also had low middle school GPAs, state test scores, and attendance rates – three early predictors of dropping out of high school that may disqualify our students from other college access programs.

By helping students develop and run their own small businesses, BUILD supplements traditional school with real-world business experiences and critical skill-building for the future. BUILD Bay Area currently serves over 840 students in Oakland and the Peninsula.

  • Oakland
  • Peninsula

School Partners

Oakland Schools

  • Coliseum College Prep Academy
  • Envision Academy
  • Golden State College Preparatory Academy
  • Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy
  • MetWest High School
  • Oakland Technical High School

Peninsula Schools

  • East Palo Alto Academy
  • Downtown College Prep – El Primero
  • Downtown College Prep – Alum Rock
  • Sequoia High School
  • Woodside High School

Local Advisory Board

  • Maz Sharafi, Board Chair, Head of Marketing, WhatsApp
  • Louis Chang, Sector Head, Criterion Capital Management
  • Michael Farb, Chief Revenue Officer, Blue Star Sports
  • Lynda Galligan, Partner, Goodwin Procter
  • Alana Karen, Service Delivery Director, Google Fiber, Google
  • Ralph Kindred, Strategy & Innovation Leader, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Todson Page, Partner, PwC
  • Cynthia Ringo, Senior Partner, DBL Partners
  • Ralph Schmitt, President and CEO, OCZ Technology
  • Cindy Worthington, Vice President Business Development, Wells Fargo
  • Denise Yamamoto, Nonprofit Consultant