BUILD: Greater Boston
Much has been said and written about the dropout crisis in American cities and among minority students. Millions of tax dollars have been allocated toward improving urban schools. But is anything being done to effectively address this social justice issue?
In Boston, particularly at the lowest-performing schools, something is being done. Five Boston high schools have partnered with BUILD, a non-profit that uses entrepreneurship to help students make the connection between academics and life. BUILD Boston enlists its own staff, BUILD-trained high school teachers, and more than 100 volunteer mentors from the business community to help students create and launch their own real, licensed businesses by the end of their freshman year. As students learn real-life skills, and earn real money, they begin to see the importance of doing well in school.
BUILD works with students for all four high school years, providing life skills training, college tours, and academic coaching. BUILD also offers students many opportunities to connect with the Boston business community to develop and refine their new skills and growing confidence.
Local Advisory Board
- Roy Hirshland (Chairman); President, T3 Advisors
- Amy Villeneuve (Vice Chair); Start-up Advisor and Past President & COO, Amazon Robotics/Kiva Systems
- Adam Beard; Senior Vice President, Jefferies, LLC
- Scott Friend; Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures
- Jeff Glass; CEO, StartingFive Partners
- Frank Graziano; Partner, PwC
- Dennis Kunian; Chairman, The Kunian Group
- Sydney Atkins Mason; Investment Advisor, Goldman, Sachs & Co
- Sarah McMillan; Vice President / Psychologist, McMillan, Howland & Spence
- Christopher Moore; International Relations & Marketing Coordinator, City of Boston
- Jeffrey Newton; Founder & Managing Director, Gemini Investors
Additional Board Members
- Michele Brooks; Asst. Superintendent, Boston Public Schools (Ret.)
- Amy Choi; Vice President, SVB Financial Group
- Jon Frisch; Vice President, T3 Advisors
- Andrew Gates; CEO, Azigo
- Sarah Hodges; VP of People and Places, Pluralsight
- Sasha Hoffman; CEO, Fuzzy Compass
- Curt Hunnewell; Sales Performance Manager, Bank of America
- Jon Lang; Partner, Ernst and Young
- Rizwan Mallal; Co-Founder and VP, Crosscheck Networks, Inc.
- Freddie Martignetti; General Partner, Suffolk Equity Partners
- George Moker; Director of Entrepreneurship Programs and Instructor of Management, Suffolk University
- Rob Parsons; President, Synergy Dining
- Shari Redstone; President, National Amusements and Vice Chair, CBS and Viacom
- Venkat Srinivasan; President, Rage Frameworks, Inc.
- Nancy Sterling; Senior VP, Strategic Communications, Mintz Levin Strategies
- Ed Sullivan Jr.; Partner, KPMG LLP
- William Tita; Professor, Northeastern University
- Richard Vieira; Group Head Technology, BMO Capital Markets