Give Back: Coach High School Students from Under-Resourced Communities in EntrepreneurshipGive Back: Coach High School Students from Under-Resourced Communities in Entrepreneurship

BUILD ( is a national non-profit that uses entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth from under-resourced communities and propel them to high school, college, and career success. BUILD serves nearly 2,000 high school students across the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington DC, and New York City.

The Regional Executive Director of BUILD in the San Francisco Bay Area is Ryan Oliver (Harvard AB ’98 HGSE ’99). Ryan invites Harvard Club members to serve as business coaches supporting ninth grade students from East Oakland’s Golden State Prep Academy as they prepare for BUILD’s city-wide Business Plan Competition. At the competition, students will sell real original products, present their business pitches, and reflect on their learning and growth from their first year in BUILD. It is exciting and inspiring!

The location is Golden State Prep Academy, 1009 66th Ave, Oakland, CA 9462. (An 11-minute walk from Coliseum BART station. Limited street parking is also available.)

Dates and Times:
Wednesday, March 11, 11:15am-2:00pm
Thursday, March 12, 11:00am-1:30pm
Wednesday, March 18, 11:15am-2:00pm
Thursday, March 19, 11:00am-1:30pm
Please use this form to sign up.
We have room for up to five volunteers per session, so space will be limited. No business or entrepreneurship background required--just an ability to communicate and problem-solve, plus a desire to positively impact the life of a BUILD student.
If possible, please sign up for at least two sessions. Experience shows that students and volunteers get the most value from repeat visits.  
For questions please contact BUILD Community Engagement Manager, Marisol Burgueno, at