BUILD's First Gen Design Challenge

Youth-driven solutions to help first gen students improve their mental wellness.

Because I am the first in my family to go to college, I feel

What if instead, you could feel empowered and in control?

Discover how to start a business and make a difference.

Through this challenge, you will answer this key question:

How might we help first-generation students improve their mental wellness in order to manage the stresses of college life?

We believe in the power of your ideas and your ability to solve real problems.

First generation students may find it difficult to feel included socially and academically due to different cultures of home and college. Join over 15,000 youth to help find solutions and BUILD a better future for all.

Types of Solutions


A product is anything you make and sell


A service is providing help to fill a need


A campaign is an action to achieve a political or social goal

Your Idea Here

How This Challenge Works

  • Empathize

    Walk in your client's shoes

  • Define

    State your client's needs and problems

  • Ideate

    Dream up solutions to your client's challenge

  • Prototype

    Make a model of your solution to show

  • Test

    Try out your solution with others

  • Pitch

    Present your idea for cash prizes and bragging rights

Are you ready to BUILD?

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Now is the time!

We need you more than ever because your ideas and inventions will create the future.

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