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February 2008 NEWS Inside this issue BUILD-ing the Dream in Washington, DC Holiday Sales 2 Bazaars BUILD is pleased to announce ethnicity that is under- population. A closer look at the opening of its Washing- represented in higher educa- DCÊs public high schools re- Staff Spotlight: 3 ton, DC site. The office, which tion, be the first generation to veals that almost all schools Ajuah Helton officially opened on Monday, attend college in their family, are seriously under- October 29, 2007, is located have a median family income performing, with between Student Spotlight: 4 at 701 Pennsylvania Ave. Freddy Z. NW in the law offices of BUILD Board of 4 Mintz, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky Directors & Popeo, PC. Greetings from 5 BUILDÊs expansion to the DC our CEO area is born of our three-tiered Ways to Support 5 vision to address the devastat- ing education disparity in the BUILD US, to change the face of Leave a Legacy 6 higher education and, ulti- mately, to radically transform Donor Honor Roll 6 impoverished communities nationwide from the inside out. BUILD goes to Washington! Every child should have ac- in the lower-middle or low twenty-five to fifty percent per- Upcoming Events: cess to quality learning oppor- category, and have not par- forming below-average on tunities · as this will result in ticipated in more than two state assessments in math and BUILD Youth Business greatly improving their academic preparation/ reading and a drop-out rate of Plan Competitions: chances in school and life. enrichment classes. fifty-eight percent or higher. BUILDÊs in-school and after- Peninsula: May 10, school programs target stu- Similar to the under-resourced Despite the current condition 2008 at Stanford dents whose current opportuni- BUILD service areas of San of DC public schools, „our Graduate School of ties for educational advance- Mateo and Alameda Counties goal is to serve 100 students ment are extremely limited. To in California, DC public from under-performing schools Business participate in the BUILD pro- schools are characterized by in the District in the 2008- grams, students must meet a separation of plentiful re- 2009 academic school year,‰ Oakland: May 31, three of the following five cri- sources in close proximity to, said Ajuah Helton, BUILDÊs 2008 at UC Berkeley teria: live in under-resourced but currently unavailable to East Coast Regional Program Haas School of community with under- the large under-resourced Director. (continued on page 2) Business performing schools, be of an Page 2 BUILD NEWS Continued: BUILD-ing Greetings from our CEO the Dream in Washington, DC Ms. Helton began her career with ship programs at UC BerkeleyÊs Haas ogy from Clark Atlanta University. BUILD in 2001 as an entrepreneur- School of Business and at The Enter- ship instructor. Though she relocated prise Center in Philadelphia, where BUILDÊs Chief Executive Officer and to Philadelphia in 2002 to pursue she was later promoted to Chief of Founder, Suzanne McKechnie Klahr, graduate studies in education, Ajuah Staff. adds, „I am thrilled to expand our stayed connected with BUILD as an services to the students in Washing- advisor, mentor educator and facilita- Ajuah is a Certified Entrepreneurship ton, DC. With AjuahÊs background in tor, and served as interim Director of Instructor through the National Foun- education and entrepreneurship, I Education in 2004. Ajuah has since dation for Teaching Entrepreneurship know BUILD DC will be a huge suc- rejoined the organization to spear- (NFTE). She is also an alumna of cess!‰ head BUILDÊs expansion to Washing- Teach For America and taught two ton DC. Prior to re-joining BUILD, years in the Greater New Orleans Ajuah managed youth entrepreneur- area. Ajuah holds a BA in psychol- Holiday Sales Bazaar: Becoming a Tradition Over the last five years, BUILD has This past December, both BUILD sites nesses, and also an alumni-run busi- held Holiday Sales Bazaars to show- held a Holiday Sales Bazaar. On ness. At their heart, the Holiday Sales case our studentsÊ entrepreneurial December 12th, seventeen student-run spirit and to prepare them for busi- businesses gathered in Oakland at ness in a real-life market setting. In the Lake Merritt United Methodist addition, Holiday Sales Bazaars Church for BUILD OaklandÊs Inaugu- expose our students, their incubated ral Holiday Sales Bazaar. For the businesses, and BUILD to the commu- Peninsula site, it was our fifth annual Holiday Sales Ba- zaar in East Palo Alto. We sought to build a positive partnership with the brand new East Palo Alto YMCA so that we could house our annual event at their beau- tiful location. Even Venancio S. working with a customer though space op- tions are extremely Bazaars are a celebration of our com- limited in East Palo munityÊs students and the community Student business team „Herstory Now‰ Alto for an event of itself. By the end of both evenings, this scale, we student businesses collected over nities that we serve. Business teams wanted to stay true to our community $6,500 in revenue. And both events began their preparation in August by continuing to keep this event in our went off without a hitch, with many and for the E2 teams (sophomore city. community members in attendance. year) it was the first time they were Students were thrilled to pitch their selling their products to the public. We featured 20 student-run busi- businesses and make sales. www.build.org Page 3 Staff Spotlight: Ajuah Helton Life is a succession of lessons which alive, not just as an academic con- hard-earned life experiences to enter- must be lived to be understood. struct or thematic unit, but as a way prises that bettered their skills, future - Ralph Waldo Emerson for students to marshal skills and re- outlooks and self-efficacy, not to men- tion their economic positions. I also It took working with four different saw the outcome of four years of con- entrepreneurship-education organiza- tiguous service to cohorts of high- tions and six years before I realized potential young people 100% col- exactly what makes BUILD different lege acceptance. and when I came to that realization, I came back home to BUILD. None of the other entrepreneurship organizations with which I worked After college, I taught in New Or- achieved the same results, especially leans with Teach For America in with the high-need students BUILD 1998, then returned home to the Bay cherishes. So after graduate school, I Area in search of any type of work in came back and am thrilled to help non-profit, education or youth devel- launch BUILD on the East Coast, be- opment, as long as the target group ginning in Washington, DC in 2008. was high school students. I soon Ajuah Helton, BUILD East Coast Life truly is a succession of lessons found myself managing a Saturday Regional Program Director which must be lived to be understood! entrepreneurship-education program through a local university. I enjoyed sources to earn real money. BUILD the work and my colleagues, though I was also clear and transparent about BPC 2008! wasnÊt fully convinced that entrepre- entrepreneurship serving as a vehicle Wondering who the next enthusiastic neurship as a programmatic theme to propel students toward higher edu- visionary, positive thinker, decision was any more powerful than art, cation, not a destination, even though maker in Silicon Valley will be? Then dance, music or science. program participants were uniformly mark your calendars and plan to at- more under-resourced than at my tend BUILDÊs annual Business Plan The program was successful in meet- „day job.‰ Most importantly, BUILD Competition in May, 2008 hosted by ing its goals, but I soon recognized was led by a visionary leader looking the Stanford Graduate School of Busi- that about 50% of each yearÊs enrol- to change the face of higher educa- lees attended private school. Al- tion, which was a mission I could truly though such a group may still be un- embrace. der-resourced and need additional support to be successful, my gut told Even as I left BUILD to pursue gradu- me then (and tells me now) that there ate studies in Philadelphia and went were more needy students I could be on to work with two other entrepre- serving. Additionally, the program neurship-education organizations, I served 9th-11th graders, but did not never really left. I facilitated work- shepherd students through their all- shops, volunteered at the Business 2007Ês winning team, Young Hype important senior years. Plan Competitions and attended re- ness and UC Berkeley Haas School of treats, all the time becoming more Business. BUILD freshmen students will I joined BUILD as a part-time entrepre- and more convinced that entrepre- present their innovative ideas to a neurship instructor a year later to neurship is different from other pro- panel of distinguished judges for an save money to transition to graduate grammatic themes like art or music. opportunity to be guaranteed en- school. Immediately, it felt different. With BUILD, I saw first-hand young trance into the nationÊs largest youth With BUILD, entrepreneurship came entrepreneursÊ ability to apply their business incubator. Page 4 BUILD NEWS Student Spotlight: Freddy Z. My name is Freddy. I am 17 years I initially viewed my education as my show my family the change I wanted old and a senior at Woodside High to see in them by exceeding academi- School. When I was younger, I felt cally. inferior because of my Latino heri- tage, and the fact that I look different Unlike many Latinos my age·who from many of the kids I go to school ended up in gangs or dropping out with. As I walked to school, I got of high school·I stayed determined called names that took a toll on my and devoted. I didnÊt want to suc- self-esteem. cumb to the violence and drug abuse enveloping East Palo Alto. I reached I also took a lot of responsibility when out and applied to programs that I was younger, because I felt like I would help academically, and would had to be the man of the house. Alco- also help me attain my goal of going hol transformed my father into a to college. stranger. I understood that being the man of the house is not an easy task, I heard about BUILD my freshman and that the alcohol helped him deal Freddy Z., preparing to speak at a BUILD event year, and the idea of learning to run with the stress just like his father. But I a business fascinated me. I became knew I did not want this lifestyle for ticket out of home; I could no longer CEO of Flame Styles, a candle-lamp my family, especially my younger bear living with a dysfunctional fam- making business that manufactures siblings. ily. Instead, I found out that I could custom and decorative candle-lamps. My business team members and I presented our business plan to more BUILD Board of Directors than 100 people at the Stanford Affi Ansari Thomas J. Ivey Graduate School of Business, and Senior Vice President Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, won second place! Comerica Bank Meagher & Flom LLP Being CEO of my own company, I was faced with lots of decisions such John R. Berthold Robert Katz as how many candle-lamps we were CEO President going to produce, what designs we The Altos Group, Inc. Robert L. Katz and Associates were going to use, and how to incor- porate philanthropy. My BUILD ex- R. James Ellis Suzanne McKechnie Klahr perience taught me the true value of Lecturer in Management, Stanford CEO and Founder , BUILD communication and teamwork. Graduate School of Business Jean Kovacs While doing gardening work with my Eldridge Gray Senior VP, Corporate Marketing father, I learned the true value of Managing Director, and Strategic Alliances, Sterling hard work through the blisters on my Goldman, Sachs & Co. Commerce hands. And although it might be hard to change the world, I hope to plant Emiko Higashi Francisca Miranda the seed of hope in my family and my Deputy Superintendent, Sequoia community. Managing Director, Tomon Part- ners, LLC Union High School District www.build.org Page 5 Greetings from our CEO Dear Friends: Our most exciting change in 2007 few months partnering with schools was the opening of our BUILD office and other organizations. Our goal is I hope that you had a wonderful holi- in Washington, DC, in November! to serve 100 students from under- day. At BUILD, we are looking for- BUILD DC currently occupies office performing schools in the District in ward to the year ahead and reflect- the 2008-2009 academic year. ing on all that happened in 2007. Last year was a very exciting and As exciting as our expansion and busy one for BUILD. changes have been, the fundamentals of BUILD do not change. Our core In 2007, we served 400 students at values of entrepreneurship, teamwork 11 high schools an all-time high. and a relentless pursuit to serve over- For the first time in BUILDÊs history, looked young people who have so we held two separate Business Plan much potential are as strong as ever! Competitions at StanfordÊs Gradu- We thank you for your belief in our ate School of Business, as well as at students and look forward to having BerkeleyÊs Haas School of Business - you as part of the BUILD family in to accommodate the needs of the Suzanne McKechnie Klahr 2008. growing BUILD Oakland site. We also held two Holiday Sales Bazaars space provided by the law firm of Happy New Year! - at the East Palo Alto YMCA, and at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & OaklandÊs Lake Merritt United Meth- Popeo. Ajuah Helton, East Coast Re- Warmly, odist Church attended by hundreds gional Program Director, is spear- of people who came to shop and heading BUILDÊs expansion to the support our youth. East Coast and will spend the next A Sweet Way to Help Ways to Support BUILD Michelle Bordin started her candy- Students in low-income under-served • Become a corporate sponsor making business out of a desire to communities have the same potential • Give through employer-matched share her delicious traditional family as young people in other communi- giving recipe with the world. She aptly ties. The difference comes in the named her business Droga·Italian • Give a stock gift level of support they receive, both for „drug‰. Her addictively yummy • Volunteer your time emotionally and financially. rocky road candy is being sold at a handful of Oakland area food stores Your generosity can provide oppor- If you would like to donate by phone and can be special-ordered on her tunities for those most in need. or want learn more about supporting website. BUILD, please contact Barbara Bellis- Lucky for BUILD, Michelle is not only There are many ways to donate: simo, Director of Development, at thinking about her own profit, but email@example.com or phone also about giving back to the commu- • Make an online donation with 650-688-5754. nity: 1% of all her proceeds are be- your credit card ing donated to BUILD! • Include BUILD in your estate Financial contributions to BUILD are plan 100% tax-deductible, as allowed by Check out MichelleÊs sweet tempta- law. tions at www.goodaddiction.com. • Honor someone special Page 6 BUILD NEWS Leave a Legacy BUILD Wish List Have you considered including BUILD Technology • Ergonomic chairs in your estate planning? A bequest is • • Projector Four drawer file cabinets a wonderful way to perpetuate your support for BUILD and to extend your • Copiers with certain specifi- Staff Development influence into the future. A bequest cations • Staff Development Training can be a provision in your will, or it • Scanner • Diversity Training can be made by adding a codicil to Office Supplies Students an existing will. • Fire-proof safes • White Button Down Shirts You may also designate your bequest • Copy paper (Male and Female) to be used for specific programs or • Resume paper • Black Slacks (new) purposes (e.g., Oakland E1 Program, • Static-free chair mats • Snacks Peninsula Academic Incubator, or Headquarters General Operating). A bequest to BUILD can significantly reduce the taxable portion of your estate. Please contact your attorney and/or financial professional for spe- cifics about including a bequest to BUILD in your estate planning. For more information about making a bequest, gift of appreciated stock or other planned gift to BUILD, please contact Barbara Bellissimo, Director of Development at 650-688-5754 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Your support will help us make a difference Thank You for Supporting BUILD! BUILD INVESTORS Koret Foundation Series B Investors With your help, BUILD is changing Merrill Lynch & Co. Foundation ($10,000 - $24,999) the face of higher education by pro- The Carroll and Milton Petrie viding real-world entrepreneurial ex- Foundation All Stars Helping Kids perience that empowers youth from The Stuart Foundation Glikbarg Family Foundation under-resourced communities to excel The E. Richard Jones Family in education, lead in their communi- Mezzanine Investors Foundation ties and succeed professionally. The ($25,000 - $49,999) Silicon Valley Community Foundation following is a list of all donors who Stanford Graduate School of Business invested between July 1, 2007 and Tipping Point Community Foundation The Women's Foundation of December 31, 2007. Maynard and Irene Webb Charitable California Foundation Van Dillen Partners, Inc. IPO Investors Yahoo! Employee Foundation John R. Berthold ($50,000 or more) Jean Kovacs H. Irving and Sukey Grousbeck Pat House Franklin and Catherine Johnson Thomas and Karen Ivey Foundation Kinsey Family Foundation www.build.org Page 7 Continued: Thank You for Supporting BUILD! Dorothy Lazier Anonymous Matthew Abrahams Bruce Sandys Affi Ansari Annika Alford and Dimas Jimenez Shellye Archambeau and Scotty Scott Anonymous (3) Series A Investors Barbara and Michael Bellissimo Che Banjoko ($2,500 - $9,999) Rob and Yolanda Berry Donna Batchelor Toby Brookes Jennifer and Charles Beeler Clorox Company Foundation Fund William Brownell and Kimberly Emily Boglioli eBay Foundation Pesavento Doug and Shanti Brien Ford Family Foundation Lisa and Scott Dettmer Toni Brien Hewlett-Packard Company Paul Holland Patricia Brown iPass Stan Karp Ed and Anna Brugge Rudney Associates Pete Kazanjy John Caner and George Beier Scandling Family Foundation James Keene David Cappillo The Thibault Foundation Alison Kibrick and Constantin Arlene Elizabeth Cathey Thrive Foundation for Youth Delivanis Robert and Susan Chastain Jodi and Thomas Cassutt David Klahr and Pamela Weiss Grace and David Chyuwei Bob and Mickey Dench Philip Kurjan Thomas C Cole Bob Katz Dorothy Lazier Ramona Cole Janet Larson Jim and Ellen Lussier Joan and Jay Colen Kenneth Novack Shirley and William McIntyre Founda- Eve Penny Cowen Mary Jane and Carl Panattoni (in tion (in honor of Nancy Albertini) Ginny and Dave Davison honor of Nancy Albertini) Fran and Jackie Meaney Margaret Durbin (in honor of Palo Brian Reynard Morgan Family Fund (in honor of Alto Medical Foundation Man- Miriam Rivera and Clinton Korver Nancy Albertini) aged Care Department) Bruce and Marie Rosenblatt Hiren Shah Yohance Edwards Susan Speicher Beth and Russell Siegelman Rosa Estrada Larry and Suzanne Spitters Spight Family Foundation Hillary and Lou Fernandes Bobbi and Morton Topfer (in honor of Brian and Kelly Swette (in honor of George Fisher Nancy Albertini) Nancy Albertini) David Flamm and Margaret Gideon Yu Volckmann Family Foundation Stevenson Mona and Ed Zander Family Founda- Ted and Michele Wang Donald and Jennette Fowler tion (in honor of Nancy Albertini) Andrea Zulberti Kevin and Laura Francis Andrew and Barbara Fremder Seed Stage Investors Bootstrappers Barbara Fried and Joseph Bankman ($1,000 - $2,499) (up to $999) Anil Gangolli Pat Gemma Asset Management Company Applied Materials Sue Gibbons General Catalyst Group BlackBag Technologies Iris Bond Management, LLC California Bank & Trust Leon C. and Jennifer K. Glover Goldman, Sachs & Co Clorox Company Foundation Fund Arthur and Carol Graham Morrison & Foerster LLP (on behalf of Northern California Grantmakers Mary Gullixson Clorox Legal Department) Opportunity Capital Corporation Steve and Diana Halprin Powerbuilders, Inc. The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships David and Ann Hanabusa Ajay and Kathryn Agarwal For New Americans Celia and Terry Harms Nancy Albertini and Steve Metzger WDHB, Inc. William Shea Heath and Lori Sevcik Continued: Thank You for Supporting BUILD! Herb and Susan Hinstorff Mark Parnes and Diane Ford Geoff Eisenberg BUILD Pam and Howard Hirsch Molly Pisula Jim and Jenna Ellis 1600 Adams Drive Marilyn A. Hohbach Julia and David Popowitz Eldridge and Kirsten Gray Menlo Park, CA 94025 Adam and Heather Hopkins Peggy and Jonathan Propp Paul Holland Joseph Hurd Elizabeth Prycl Thomas and Karen Ivey Phone: 650.688.5840 Bob Katz Kevin and Judith Ivey Kate and Peter Rathmann Fax: 650.688.5847 Dorothy Lazier Peggy and Don Jones Stephan and Linda Ray Lawrence T. Kane Reg and Karen Reilly Nancy Albertini and Steve BUILD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to Charles and Roberta Katz Deborah and Peter Rieman Metzger provide real-world entrepreneu- Linda Keegan (in honor of Nancy Larry Petersen rial experience that empowers John and Debbie Thibault Robert Keith and Marisa Albertini) youth from under-resourced com- munities to excel in education, Bueno Helen Ross lead in their communities and Josh and Suzanne McKechnie Lorraine and Stuart Rumley succeed professionally. We are Klahr Heidi Sanel and Kevin Danie headquartered in Menlo Park, CA, and have sites in Palo Alto, Patricia Klahr Joel and Laine Schipper CA, Oakland, CA and Barbara and Michael Fritzi Schoen (in honor of Washington, DC. 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