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buildOn’s Youth Service Program develops a deep culture of service within Chicago schools and increases civic and academic engagement among students.

Throughout Chicago, hundreds of thousands of high school students are at risk of dropping out of school and engaging in unsafe activities. The city’s epidemic of gun violence makes finding solutions more urgent than ever. buildOn’s Afterschool Program develops a deep culture of service within Chicago schools to increase civic and academic engagement among youth.

Drop-out rates have remained staggeringly high in Chicago for decades. According to studies by the University of Chicago, only half of the city’s high school students have received diplomas over the last three decades.

buildOn runs programs in 13 high schools, many of them situated in Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods, like Englewood, Garfield Park, and Gage Park. Students in these programs are striving to revive their troubled districts by volunteering at senior centers, preparing meals for homebound seniors, and restoring local parks, among other initiatives.

Chicago Service Impact

Just a few of Chicago students’ recent service projects.

Our programs impact thousands of Chicago students.

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    “buildOn has provided me with the knowledge that it’s okay to be a different person, it’s shown me that it’s not just men of color who struggle with being streotyped. I can rise above the low expectations that people have of me.”

    Michael Madkins, Prosser Career Academy

Where we work in Chicago – 2013-14 School Year

We’re making a difference in some of Chicago’s most challenged schools:

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Contact Paul Boye
Illinois Regional Manager
312.441.6718  paul.boye@buildon.org
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312.441.7108  michelle.mirzoian@buildon.org

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