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

We empower U.S. urban youth to transform their neighborhoods and the world through intensive community service. Globally, we’re constructing a new school every three days in some of the economically poorest countries around the 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 of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through youth service programs in many of America’s most under-resourced 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 under-resourced urban areas to lift up their communities through intensive local service. We run programs at 50 high schools in six US regions: Chicago, Detroit, New York, the Bay Area, Philadelphia, and Connecticut.

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International Programs

buildOn works in some of the economically 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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