BUILD Metro DC establishes Tim Garnett Mentor Program Fund in recognition of outgoing Advisory Board Chair Tim Garnett

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Avascent Managing Director Tim Garnett honored for six years of service to BUILD

WASHINGTON, DC – BUILD Metro DC, a non-profit based in Adams Morgan, has established the Tim Garnett Mentor Program Fund in honor of Avascent Managing Director Tim Garnett. BUILD’s mission is to use entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth from under-resourced communities and propel them to high-school, college and career success. BUILD uses a unique experiential learning model that combines entrepreneurship, college and career readiness, and high-touch mentorship to help high risk students stay on track, graduate from high school, enroll in, and persist through higher education, while providing them with the resources and training to start their own businesses and succeed in a future career.

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BUILD Board Members and Avascenturians gather to celebrate the Tim Garnett Mentor Program Fund

At the center of BUILD’s mission is the Mentor Program, where by using a structured group mentoring model, mentors create and maintain strong relationships with their students and help them develop their business ideas, write business plans, pitch to judges, launch a real business, and support them on their college and career paths. Tim Garnett worked with BUILD Metro DC for six years and served as an Advisory Board Chair, and to build on the momentum of the Mentor Program, the Local Advisory Board of BUILD Metro DC has established the Tim Garnett Mentor Program Fund in honor of this service.

The Fund will provide for a $10,000 annual grant to the program. To honor the deep partnership between Avascent and BUILD, Avascent committed to an inaugural gift to the fund. Bryce Jacobs, Regional Executive Director of BUILD Metro DC said, “The Fund acknowledges Tim’s passion for the student-mentor relationship and will build on Tim’s legacy and his deep commitment to BUILD’s mission and the Mentor Program.” Tim Garnett added “I am honored to have been able to help with BUILD’s important work and am humbled by the establishment of this Fund. Mentorship is the true heart of this program, and I am so happy to have a role in supporting mentors for years to come.”


Headquartered in Adams Morgan, BUILD has become a critical feature for the city in engaging students from under-resourced communities through our four-year entrepreneurship, business development, and post-secondary readiness model. In partnership with DCPS and charter schools, we serve 300 students at seven high schools in the District of Columbia this school year. We operate school-based business incubators, in which more than 40 student business teams launch and run their very own startups. You can donate by visiting and designating your gift to the BUILD Metro DC and in the notes write: in honor of Tim Garnett.

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