BUILD Mentor Application

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Thank you for your interest in BUILD!  We are very excited that you are interested in mentoring our young entrepreneurs.  Please take a few minutes to complete the questions below.  We will use this information to determine where your background and experience will be the best fit for our students. Once we receive your application, we will be in contact to set up a short phone interview and request additional background information. Thank you for your time!

Contact Information

Personal Information

Employment Information

Other examples: "Retired", "Self-Employed, "Unemployed"

Education Information

Location, Time & Availability Information

Availability during the week

Mentors meet with their student teams once a week during the academic year (September-May) at a BUILD incubator or high school, Monday through Thursday. Specific times vary by location.

Mentoring preference is subject to school availability.

Most mentoring offerings are during the week and during school hours, mentor offerings during after school hours are subject to availability.
General Information


References: Please list the names and phone #s of two people you would like to use as references who are able to speak to your ability to make this commitment and relate to and work with teenagers. It is recommended that you provide one professional reference and one personal reference and that you've known them for at least a year.

Background Check

Individuals with a history of criminal offense, felony or misdemeanor which include DUIs (within the last 7 years), any convicted crime against persons (violent/assault), sex offenses or convictions for youth abuse and neglect will be ineligible to volunteer as a mentor.

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Code of Conduct



Businesses United in Investing, Lending and Development (BUILD), has a legal and moral obligation to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and school partners. 

Because of the personal nature of mentoring BUILD students, special care must be taken to ensure appropriate boundaries and behavior to prevent even the appearance of any impropriety.  Please carefully read statements below, and sign below to confirm your understanding and acceptance of BUILD’s expectations of all mentors. ALL MENTORS: 

1. Must complete LiveScan fingerprinting (or whichever background checks are required by state law).

2. Must never use alcohol or drugs in the presence of BUILD mentees.

3. Must respect the privacy/confidentiality and personal boundaries of their mentees & mentees' families. This includes refraining from tagging mentees and/or using last names on social media.

4. Must inform BUILD staff in advance of scheduling any retreat or outing with students.

5. Must maintain liability insurance (min. state liability required) on their car during their commitment as a mentor.

6. Are the only individuals allowed to operate their car when the mentees are riding in it.

7. Must always ensure that when mentees ride in the car with them that they wear seatbelts in the car.

8. Must discuss any suspicion of abuse or neglect of any mentee with BUILD staff immediately.

9. Must never participate in an overnight visit with any mentee(s) unless it is for a BUILD event with BUILD staff present.

10, Understand that BUILD will pursue prosecution with local authorities to the full extend of the law any inappropriate behavior, such as sexual relationship. abuse, or molestation. 

Background Check Release


As part of BUILD’s efforts to protect the participants in our programs, we require all adults involved to go through a formal screening and review process.  This screening includes a formal application, finger printing, an interview, etc.  Below, we define our guidelines for acceptance of a mentor if he/she has any legal infractions.


Individuals with a history of criminal offense, felony or misdemeanor which include DUIs (within the last 7 years), any convicted crime against persons (violent/assault), sex offenses or convictions for youth abuse and neglect will be ineligible to volunteer as a mentor.

Volunteer Services & Agreement

I agree to undertake certain activities as a volunteer for Businesses United in Investing, Lending and Development, a non-profit organization located at P.O. Box 3316 Redwood City, CA 94064  ("BUILD") and therefore agree to the following terms and conditions:

Volunteer Relationship: I will perform volunteer services for BUILD as approved and scheduled by the Executive Director. In exchange for my volunteer services, I may receive, at the discretion of BUILD, meals, transportation, and/or temporary lodging. Any meals, transportation, lodging, or reimbursement for incidental expenses that I receive from BUILD are incidental to my volunteer status and solely for purposes of my aid and sustenance. My services here-under are purely voluntary, and neither BUILD nor I intend to create any employment, consultant or independent contractor relationship now or at any time in the future.

No Right to Employment Benefits:  I will not receive any pay, health and welfare benefits, or other privileges of employment for performing the above volunteer services.  I acknowledge and affirm that I am not eligible for worker’s compensation benefits in case of any injury or illness that results from the volunteer work nor am I eligible for unemployment compensation benefits once the volunteer relationship ends.

Termination of Volunteer Relationship Either BUILD or I may terminate the volunteer relationship at any time, with or without prior notice. 

Waiver:  I understand that on account of my participation as a volunteer for BUILD, I may be exposed to some foreseen and unforeseen risks.  I knowingly accept such risks and, fully understanding such risks, nonetheless wish to participate as a volunteer for BUILD.  Therefore, on my own behalf and on behalf of my heirs, representatives, administrators and assigns, and to the extent permitted by law, I hereby forever waive and release any and all claims, demands, causes of action, suits and rights I, or anyone else on my behalf, might have against BUILD, its officers, directors and/or employees. Further, I agree that I will not, nor will I allow anyone else acting on my behalf, bring or maintain any lawsuit or other action against BUILD, its officers, directors and/or employees for any claim that I might have arising out of my participation in any activities sponsored by, sanctioned by or approved by BUILD, its officers, directors and/or employees. 

Governing Law:  This document is intended to be as broad as is permissible under the law of the State of California and this agreement shall be interpreted under the laws of the State of California. If any portion of this agreement is invalid, it is agreed that the remaining provisions shall continue in full force and effect.

Photo Release: I hereby grant BUILD permission to use my likeness in photograph(s)/video in any and all of its publications and in any and all other media, whether now known or hereby existing, controlled by BUILD, in perpetuity, and for other use by BUILD. I will make no monetary or other claim against BUILD for the use of the photograph(s)/video.

Driver's License/Insurance Collection: BUILD will make copies and store all driver's licenses and insurance on file for any volunteer who wishes to to drive students at any point during the year. Please note that volunteers are not obligated to transport students.


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