About Us

buildOn’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy
and low expectations through service and education


With your support we are breaking the cycle every day through afterschool service programs in some of the nation’s toughest high schools and by building schools in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Afterschool Service

Building Schools

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buildOn’s afterschool youth service programs 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 afterschool programs, teens inspire people across neighborhoods, across cities, and across continents to reach and think beyond their realm of possibility.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 almost 1,000,000 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

“buildOn was really something that impacted my life in high school for the greater good. It helped me when I went off to college; it gave me that endurance to just keep fighting. To keep moving on.”

- Amanda Perez, buildOn Alumna

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