I had the pleasure of meeting with Barbara Bellissimo of BUILD recently. I identify with BUILD's mission of helping teen-agers learn how to start a business because I was fortunate enough to grow up in an entrepreneurial household and could bounce any business question off of my mother at dinner. I've seen how great it feels to take ownership of something, to build something from the ground up and it's one of the great confidence and character builders available to us.
BUILD provides the infrastructure that allows "at risk" kids to experience these challenges and joys. The difference in high school grades, graduation rates and college attendance between average kids in these schools and the kids who enroll in BUILD is off the charts. If you are looking for something to volunteer at, please reach out to Barbarra at BUILD.