Who we are

BUILD NYC is the youth empowerment organization that prepares students for the real world through entrepreneurship because it is all about learning by doing.

Our Story

BUILD NYC is an entrepreneurship program for underserved high school students that teaches them how to become the CEO of their own lives. By guiding students through the process of launching a real business, we help them develop skills that prepare them for college and career success. Our ultimate goal is to promote social equity and create a more diverse workforce for the future.

STUDENTS

BUILD NYC students become "builders" as they learn to create businesses, grow their confidence and learn how to lead.

MENTORS

We connect our students to a powerful network of mentors and employers who support them through high school and college and into successful and rewarding careers.

COMMUNITY

A vibrant community of support partners, caring educators and dedicated volunteers helps our students realize their full potential.

GROWING IMPACT

75%

of students demonstrate gains in critical social and emotional skills such as communication, collaboration and problem-solving.

83%

Complete the 9th grade with enough grades to academically advance to the 10th grade.

99%

of BUILD students graduate HS on time.

IGNITING POTENTIAL BEFORE IT IS LOST

Our school partners fight high school graduation rates as low as 50-60%. BUILD students achieve at higher rates than their peers.

Featured Partners