What We Do

buildOn’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education.

We are breaking the cycle every day through service learning programs in some of the nation’s toughest high schools and by building schools in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Breaking the cycle

Hear the stories of buildOn supporters and students who are changing their world.

Where We Work

Our unique service model focuses on education both within the U.S. and internationally.

buildOn U.S.

buildOn Service Learning programs mobilize students in challenging urban areas to lift up their communities through intensive local service. We run service programs at 50 high schools in six US regions: Chicago, Detroit, New York, the Bay Area, Boston and Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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buildOn Global

buildOn works in some of the poorest countries on the planet to build schools in villages that have historically had no adequate school structure.
To date we have built more than 1,196 schools in seven countries: Burkina Faso, Haiti, Mali, Malawi, Nepal, Nicaragua and Senegal.

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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

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