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buildOn is not a charity, it’s a movement.

We empower urban youth to transform their neighborhoods and world through intensive community service. Globally, we’re constructing hundreds of schools throughout the developing world.

We build hope. We buildOn.

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The buildOn movement is made up of passionate people from all walks of life who are committed to the belief that service and education can end poverty in our world.

With your support we are breaking the cycle every day through youth service programs in some of the nation’s toughest high schools and by building schools in some of the world’s poorest villages.

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U.S. Programs

buildOn’s youth service 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 seven US regions: Chicago, Detroit, New York, the Bay Area, Philadelphia, Boston and Connecticut.

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International Programs

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 600 schools in seven countries: Burkina Faso, Haiti, Mali, Malawi, Nepal, Nicaragua and Senegal.

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