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Education is a basic human right

Yet those who need education the most – children living in poverty – are the least likely to attend and complete school.

In the United States, 1.2 million high school students drop out before graduating.

That’s a student dropping out of school every 26 seconds.

Worldwide, nearly 900 million people cannot read or write.

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What We Do

We build a better future for America’s youth while building schools in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. We empower urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world.

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It’s Working

buildOn students are creating lasting change in their lives,
their communities and their world.


Students engaged in buildOn programs each month


Of students graduate high school and attend college

2 million

Volunteer service hours contributed by students


Schools built in developing countries


Children and adults attend buildOn schools every day

2.1 million

Volunteer work days contributed by community members

Hear stories of students we’ve supported

How You Can Help

Make a difference in your community and world.

Build a School

Gather friends and family, fundraise, and go to a developing country to build a school.

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Build a Community

Use your passion and creativity to raise awareness of the education crisis and fundraise to end it.

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Volunteer Your Voice

Share the buildOn story with your social network and add your voice to the buildOn movement.

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