36 Hours

Walk in the Shoes of Youth Transforming Their Communities

36 Hours is a personal and immersive experience that allows business and community leaders to travel to a buildOn neighborhood and “walk in the shoes” of our U.S. students through a student-led immersion experience.

In this program, each participant is paired directly with a buildOn student and together they study the challenges facing America’s most underserved neighborhoods. Participants will speak with teachers and school administrators about issues facing our students, map out and tour the communities with buildOn youth, and most importantly, they will serve alongside students as they create the change they wish to see.

Get an inside look at the 36 Hours experience

Our friends from Rodan + Fields joined buildOn on Chicago’s West Side in the Spring of 2016 and produced this inspiring video of their experience.

36 Hours Sample Agenda

Day One

  • Arrive in the afternoon and meet your buildOn Student Ambassador who will be paired with you throughout the experience.
  • Understand the challenges and and benefits of the community through a student-led tour.
  • Serve side-by-side with students and learn how students are leading change.
  • Enjoy a welcome dinner with your Student Ambassador and reflect on your first day.
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Day Two

  • Learn about the local education system through a student-led tour of their high school.
  • Hear personal stories directly from students through a panel discussion.
  • Have an open conversation with teachers and administrators about the challenges facing urban schools over lunch.
  • Serve, once more, with your student ambassador in their community.
  • End your experience with a farewell dinner and personal reflection with your student ambassador.

What our students and partners are saying about 36 Hours

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    “How have buildOn students changed me? I think it’s just having a deeper understanding of what their life’s been like. I feel like these buildOn students could actually start to change the world.”

    Janine Weber, Rodan + Fields Vice President, Canada

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