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Jim Ziolkowski Speaking Events

UPCOMING EVENTS October 7, 2017 R&F Conference MGM Grand, Las Vegas Description: Jim Ziolkowski will be giving the keynote speech in partnership with the Prescription for Change Organization on the main stage at the Rodan + Fields Convention for 15,000 consultants. This event is private. PAST EVENTS June 26, 2017 Chicago Team Conference Chicago, IL […]

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What Next After Sandy Hook?

Like almost everyone, I have been praying for the victims and their families since I first heard the news about the horrible tragedy in Newtown. As a father of two little boys, Jack (eight years old) and Quinn (five), I’m heartbroken and in a state of complete shock about how something like this could happen. […]

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buildOn Students Celebrate 20 Years by Taking to the Streets

On Saturday, October 15th, buildOn students from all six of our US regions – Oakland/San Francisco, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, New York, and Southwest Connecticut – celebrated our organization’s 20th anniversary by engaging with the public in awareness service. Each city’s team interpreted the milestone in their own way, and used performance, rallying, posters, and more […]

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CEO/Founder Jim Ziolkowski in Huffington Post:”Service is the Fabric of our Nation”

Responding to a alarming number of recently proposed cuts to our national service programs, buildOn CEO and Founder Jim Ziolkowski turned in a passionate op-ed to the Huffington Post this morning. “Even with the tough financial choices facing our nation, I believe service is worth saving,” he writes. “Not because my own organization, buildOn, is […]

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The Little Things That Make a Big Difference:buildOn @ the National Conference on Service and Volunteering

By Abby Hurst, Vice President of U.S. Programs buildOn presented a session at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service this year about engaging and mobilizing youth. Our CEO and founder Jim Ziolkowski gave a speech that illustrated the impact our afterschool youth service program has on participants–our students broaden their perspectives, go on to […]

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buildOn CEO and Founder Jim Ziolkowski Discusses Greg Mortenson and Youth Engagement in the Huffington Post

We’re very excited to announce that our founder and CEO Jim Ziolkowski will be contributing occasional op-ed pieces to Huffington Post Impact, an editorial section of HuffPo concerning social issues and non-profits. In his first essay, Jim takes a look at the recent Greg Mortenson controversy from his perspective as an international development non-profit executive, […]

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Nepal Journals, February 2011: Ram’s Story

“I am proud to be a member of the Leadership Committee because now I have an opportunity to help my community build a school. Once educated, no one will ever be able to enslave us again.” – Ram Dulari Chaudhary “ When Ram was a baby, her family’s home and land were seized. They were […]

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Nepal Journals, February 2011: buildOn’s 400th School

“I was once asked to sign a piece of paper but I didn’t know how to write my name. I wept.” – Ram Dulari Chaudhary Twenty years ago, we began our effort to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. We established our first programs for urban youth in […]

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What They Have in Common:

Over the last 24 hours we have heard the stories of more than forty children who survived the earthquake in Port Au Prince and have sought refuge in communities where we are now building schools.  As we listened to each child, it became apparent that their stories had many common threads. I would like to […]

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