Oakland Holiday Sales Bazaar Celebrates Youth Innovation

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BUILD, a successful national organization using entrepreneurship to propel disengaged, low-income youth through high school to college success, will hold its seventh annual Holiday Sales Bazaar December 9 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley. More than 150 youth entrepreneurs representing 37 microenterprises will sell their wares at the event.

Students at BUILD's 2010 Oakland Holiday Sales Bazaar

All of the products shoppers will see on display are created, designed and manufactured by BUILD’s high school students.

BUILD, a successful national organization using entrepreneurship to propel disengaged, low-income youth through high school to college success, will hold its seventh annual Holiday Sales Bazaar December 9 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley. More than 150 youth entrepreneurs representing 37 microenterprises will sell their wares at the event.

“All of the products shoppers will see on display were created, designed and manufactured by BUILD’s high school students,” said Adriana Garcia, one of two Oakland site directors. “BUILD’s program is not a simulation. Our students—as CEOs and CFOs—operate their own small businesses and bank accounts.”

The Holiday Sales Bazaar is the year’s first big selling event, and the enthusiasm and energy are high.

“I was so nervous at last year’s Bazaar,” said Maria H., CEO of Appletizing, an all-female team selling handmade chocolate-covered apples on a stick. “But I’m really looking forward to the second one. We sold out last year so we’re bringing extra this time.”

The Holiday Sales Bazaar is an ideal place to get up close and personal with our impressive young entrepreneurs AND find a unique holiday gift. The event is free, family-friendly and open to the public.

What: Annual Youth Entrepreneurship Holiday Sales Bazaar
When: 5:30 p.m. on Fri., December 9
Where: David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley
More info: http://www.build.org

Interviews with and photographs of students and the event available upon request!

ABOUT BUILD:

BUILD is a 4-year college access program that helps at-risk youth launch their own businesses. Students develop their own concepts, write business plans, pitch to funders, and launch real business ventures. Entrepreneurship is the hook—but college is the goal. Over the past eleven years, 100% of BUILD seniors have been accepted to college, with 91% accepted to 4 year colleges and universities. BUILD currently operates three sites in the San Francisco Bay Area, one site in Boston and one in Washington D.C. The Oakland program serves more than 400 students at seven high schools in the Oakland Unified School District: Oakland Technical High School, Skyline High School, Castlemont High School, Emery Secondary School, California College Preparatory Academy, Coliseum College Preparatory Academy and Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy.

CONTACTS:

Stacey Palevsky Lewis
(650) 319-8337
spalevsky(at)build(dot)org

Erin Brannan
(510) 271-6090
ebrannan(at)build(dot)org

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