BUILD believes the power of student ideas in action drives youth to reach their fullest potential in school and beyond. That’s why the BUILD Program helps our students develop their own business ideas, write business plans, pitch to funders and launch real businesses. As they reap the rewards—from keeping their profits to gaining self-confidence—they clearly see the connection between the classroom and career success. And because we know they can and should attend college, students also receive individualized academic support and advising for their school-work and college planning. Entrepreneurship is the hook, but college is the goal.
BUILD Metro DC also operates the region’s largest youth business incubator, where more than 25 teams operate their enterprises. Every afternoon, our students are provided individualized academic support plus business coaching. BUILD Metro DC engages mentors, volunteers, and tutors who annually offer over 4,000 hours of service to our young entrepreneurs.
BUILD at Eastern
BUILD is a four-year program that students are selected into through an application process during the eighth grade enrollment process and coursework begins in the ninth grade as a class and then becomes an after school commitment in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades.
In addition the DCPS graduation requirements, BUILD students are expected to:
- Commit to the BUILD program for four years (ninth grade as a class, tenth through twelfth grades after school)
- Stay afterschool one day each week until 6:30 p.m. to meet with business mentor and develop your own business.
- Participate in a family orientation prior to acceptance into the program.
- Attend evening and weekend events as required to learn about other businesses and to market and sell your products.
How do I apply to BUILD?
Click here to access the application BUILD Student Application 2014-15
Both students within Eastern’s neighborhood boundary and outside of Eastern’s boundary can apply and be considered for admission into BUILD. All application materials should be faxed, hand-delivered, mailed or sent via email to:
Eastern Senior High School
c/o Janel Young
1700 East Capitol St. NE
Washington, DC 20003
Fax: (202) 698-4800
When is the application deadline and when will I hear back about my status?
BUILD has rolling admissions with a priority deadline of February 3, 2014. The earlier you submit your application, the sooner you know whether or not you are accepted. We may still consider your application after the priority deadline, but there are no guarantees that space will still be available. You will receive a response within four weeks of your submission date.
Contact: Ms. Janel Young, School Counselor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 698-4500.