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Top 10 Finalist in the #GoogleImpactChallenge 

The #GoogleImpactChallenge is over and the results are in! We finished in the Top 10 out of nearly 1,000 applicants and won $250,000. In addition, we won working space at the Impact Hub and a seat at Google's conference bringing together the best minds in the social impact sector. We consider the attention generated by the #GoogleImpactChallenge, and the fact that BUILD finished in the top 1% of all applicants, as testaments to the work we do every day. Thank you for voting and sharing messages with friends, family and colleagues. Your support means so much to our students, staff and the BUILD family as a whole.


Every year in the United States, half a million young people drop out of high school. Most of these young people drop out because they’re disengaged and don't find their education relevant. Knowing this, BUILD addresses the crisis with a four-year, hands-on entrepreneurship training and college preparation program that makes school engaging and relevant—and consequently motivates students to succeed.

It’s working. To date, 99 percent of BUILD seniors have graduated from high school and 95 percent have been accepted to college. Read more about our successful youth entrepreneurship and college readiness program.

But before you explore our site—please register first!


 “Over the years, we have invested in many amazing start-ups and I believe BUILD has been one of our finest. I am very proud that we were seed funders, and we continue to support BUILD’s work in education."

- Pitch Johnson, Supporter          

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"At the end of the school year, my students were able to stand up, be confident and put together a solid presentation about their business...It is so refreshing to open students’ eyes and get them to a new future."

- Alissa, BUILD mentor

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Watch this video to see Cristhian's transformation into a successful youth entrepreneur and leader, and learn about BUILD's innovative model for stopping our nationwide dropout crisis.


Cristhian's BUILD Story from BUILD on Vimeo.

Save the Date: March 7, 2015
Charity Navigator - 4 Star Charity
Bay Area Impact Challenge - Top 10 Finalist


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Clinton Global Initiative 2013
CGI America (CGIA) convenes leaders to turn ideas into action. CGI America Commitments to Action represent bold new ways that CGI commitment makers address challenges in the United States—implemented through new methods of partnership and designed to maximize impact. Commitments can be small or large, global or local. No matter the size or scope, commitments help CGI America commitment makers translate practical goals into meaningful and measurable results.


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