At buildOn we run afterschool youth service programs that mobilize urban teens to lift up their communities and change the world through intensive local community service and by building schools in some of the poorest countries on the planet. We are a movement of students, educators and communities. We believe in the power of partnerships that passionately act for the common good. Through our after school programs, teens inspire people across neighborhoods, across cities, and across continents to reach and think beyond their realm of possibility.
Our programs unlock the potential of under-resourced communities around the globe. The urban teens and villagers we work with are rebuilding our world by forming a new generation of social leaders. They are our future teachers, business leaders, activists and artists. They are the ones who believe that enough acts of kindness can set the wheels of change in motion.
Students in our Afterschool Youth Development Programs learn about the concerns facing their local and global communities and then contribute intensive service to help solve these issues. On a weekly basis buildOn program members feed the homeless, tutor elementary school children, pay visits to senior citizens, and so much more – all contributing to the success of their neighborhoods. These same teens are building schools in developing countries across the globe by raising money for construction materials and by traveling and working side-by-side with villagers on construction sites. Learn More
buildOn’s Global School Construction Program provides rural communities in developing nations across the globe with access to education. We are breaking ground on a new school every four days with the help of our U.S. afterschool program members, donors and parents who have provided more than 900,000 volunteer work days to build schools for their children. Through a methodology that puts gender equality at the forefront and villagers in control, we are providing not only schools, but the knowledge and the power to change entire communities. Learn More