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Education is a basic human right

Yet those who need education the most – children living in poverty – are the least likely to attend and complete school.

In the U.S., 890,000 high school students drop out before graduating.

That’s a student dropping out of high school every 35 seconds.

Worldwide, nearly 750 million people are unable to read or write.

What We Do

We build a better future for America’s youth while building schools in some of the world’s economically poorest countries.

Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. We empower U.S. youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries on the planet.

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Watch buildOn on the TODAY Show

NBC’s TODAY Show shares how service and education are transforming lives in U.S. cities and developing countries.

It’s Working

buildOn students are creating lasting change for themselves,
their communities and our world.

  • U.S. Impact


  • Global Impact



Students engaged in buildOn programs


Of buildOn students graduate high school

2.3 million

Volunteer service hours contributed by students


Schools built in developing countries


Children and adults attend buildOn schools every day

3.1 million

Volunteer work days contributed by community members

Hear stories of students we’ve empowered

How You Can Help

Make a difference in your community and across the globe.

Build a School

Form a team of friends, fundraise, and travel to a developing country to build a school with a local community.

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Serve with Us

Join our ONE buildOn Service Project and serve in solidarity with buildOn students and communities from your home.

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Volunteer Your Voice

Share buildOn with your social network and add your voice to the movement to end poverty and illiteracy in our world.

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