Dayona Capies wants to start a childcare business. Giovanni Duarte would like to design fashion now. Both are 2016 DC high school graduates. Larisse Young is a rising junior at Capital Center Public Charter School. She would like to have her own dance studio. Young people with energy and ideas to starting something live in every zip code. Often, they go unidentified or are underdeveloped. The Strengths Lab has a goal to partner with the city to develop 1000 young entrepreneurial leaders in the next few years.

This summer thirteen Washington Builder interns are practicing a startup business. They were selected from hundreds of applicants. They spend time learning with entrepreneurs and strengths experts who support their business challenge. August 4th, the team launches their business with a fashion show. They have competitively designed t-shirts to reflect the issues and purposes which are important to them.

  • Michael Khizgilov
    Michael Khizgilov
  • Shihan Li
    Shihan Li
  • Christian Thomas
    Christian Thomas
  • Chekemah Coleman
    Chekemah Coleman
  • Jaiho’ Masam
    Jaiho’ Masam
  • Larisse Young
    Larisse Young
  • N’Kozia Knight
    N’Kozia Knight
  • Leideen Escobar -Hernandez
    Leideen Escobar -Hernandez
  • Keduse Tsegaye
    Keduse Tsegaye
  • Dayona Capies
    Dayona Capies
  • Dayona Capies:
    Dayona Capies:
  • Hannah Brown
    Hannah Brown

The 2016 Washington Builders are students from high schools and universities across the city and region:

Hannah Brown: St. John’s College High School
Dayona Capies: KIPP DC and Goucher College
Giovanni Duarte: Washington Math Science and Technology and Virginia State University
Leideen Escobar -Hernandez: Capital City Public Charter School, UDC, and University of William and Mary
Shihan Li: Walt Whitman High School
N’Kozia Knight: School Without Walls
Jaiho’ Masam: Cardozo High School
Chekemah Coleman: Delaware State University
Larisse Young: Capital Center Public Charter School
Ayinde Motirayo: Washington Latin High School
Christian Thomas: McKinley Tech High School
Keduse Tsegaye: McKinley Tech High School
Michael Khizgilov: Richard Montgomery High School and University of Maryland