Providing students with the tools to impact change – Free digital curriculum for social entrepreneurship education

BUILDing a new generation of entrepreneurial leaders and changemakers

BUILD.org has more than 20 years of experience bringing critical entrepreneurship education to students accross the country. Using the five-step Human-Centered Design Thinking framework, youth learn how to innovate and design solutions grounded in empathy and focused on racial equity to impact society’s most pressing challenges.

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How to do the challenge

  • Sign up for a 2-hour training

    Join BUILD’s, engaging professional development training for full digital curriculum access

  • Receive a certificate on how to lead Human-Centered Design for youth

    BUILD’s Design Challenge can be delivered in as little as 10 hours or be used as a launchpad for additional lessons and curricula that can span an entire semester.

  • Launch the content in class

    BUILD’s Design Challenge can be delivered in as little as 10 hours or be used as a launchpad for additional lessons and curricula that can span an entire semester.

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Challenge Partners

Our curriculum is free and accessible to students and educators across the country thanks to the generosity of our challenge partners.

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Join the Challenge

Join a BUILD Design Challenge to teach students how to think like entrepreneurs and develop businesses that solve the most pressing issues in their community.

 

Educator

Register for BUILD’S Design Challenge Educator Training.

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Volunteer

Volunteer to support an educator and coach students through the design challenge.

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Student

Download your design book for the challenge.

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“BUILD’s Design Challenge is the entryway to entrepreneurship. It builds confidence by challenging our youth to think outside the box, helping them see themselves as change-makers who can impact the lives of others and in their own lives.”                             – Educator at Immigrants Rising

What do educators say about the challenge

Justin Gomez

Educator

“The length and engagement techniques were super helpful! Thank you all!!!”

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Gretina Aaron

Educator

“Connect with students with creativity while building confidence for their successes.”

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Natasha Ram

Volunteer/Coach

“Build gave me confidence and belief. I learned to believe in my journey and my ability to succeed.”

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What do students say about the challenge

Justin Gomez

Educator

“The length and engagement techniques were super helpful! Thank you all!!!”

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Gretina Aaron

Educator

“Connect with students with creativity while building confidence for their successes.”

Read More

Natasha Ram

Volunteer/Coach

“Build gave me confidence and belief. I learned to believe in my journey and my ability to succeed.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

BUILD’S 2021-2022 Design Challenge empowers young people to create youth-driven solutions while focusing on safety, wellness, and economic freedom.

What is BUILD's Design Challenge?

This Design Challenge empowers students to take action as they work to develop innovative solutions for their communities. Students are guided through the entire Design Thinking process on our new digital platform. The Challenge is delivered by a trained educator. BUILD provides all training and materials for students and schools.

The content was created to empower youth nationwide and give them a sense of self-agency. They explore stories of diverse people living in our communities then work collaboratively in teams to propose innovative solutions.

The design thinking journey takes students through the following process:

  • Empathize – Walk in a client’s shoes and document the experience
  • Define – State your client’s needs and problems
  • Ideate – Dream up solutions to your client’s challenges
  • Prototype – Create a model of your solution
  • Test – Try your solution with others
  • Pitch – Present your idea for potential cash prizes and bragging rights

What technology and equipment does my school need to run a BUILD'S Design Challenge?

  • Students will need a computer or mobile device that has internet access
  • This experience will use the following sites/platforms: BUILD.org, Google Docs, Padlet, YouTube, Vimeo, EditMate
  • For distance learning, you can use any video platform you like for the Challenge – Zoom, GoToMeetings, etc.

 

Who can run a Build Design Challenge?

Anyone who works with our youth! Teachers or facilitators are invited to complete a 2-hour training. This training is required so you understand the flow, best practices and how to ensure students feel safe, excited, and ready to dive into the challenge.

We invite parents, nonprofits, after-school programs and community leaders to join with their youth! We invite students from all districts, all states. All facilitators will attend and complete BUILD’s training session before you can access the full material.

When can I start?

Today, tomorrow or whenever you are ready! The course is online and therefore you can start on a rolling basis. Teachers or facilitators are invited to complete a 2-hour training. This training is required so you understand the flow, best practices and how to ensure students feel safe, excited and ready to dive into the challenge.