Annual Report 2022
Transforming Communities Through Service & Education
At buildOn, we recognize the vital role that education and service play in shaping the future of communities from Burkina Faso to The Bronx. With each hour of service, each classroom constructed, and each individual educated, members of the buildOn movement are building a brighter future for themselves and their communities. To learn more about the profound effect our programs are having both in the U.S. and globally, check out their respective impact reports below!
A Year in Photos
A Return to In-Person Programming
Like the rest of the world, buildOn’s programs were deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. School closures caused a shift towards virtual learning, while health restrictions and risks brought international travel to a halt. And yet, we never gave up. Students participated in virtual service projects in the U.S., while our Global team found ways to safely construct schools in rural communities in desperate need of educational infrastructure. As the world began to re-open in 2022, we were able to return to in-person programming both in the U.S. and in our eight partner countries. Service learning projects in our partner high schools in the U.S. provided young people with much needed opportunities for connection and community, while our Trek program provided buildOn supporters with the chance to work side-by-side in solidarity with community members to build the schools they funded.
buildOn's Impact in 2022
Adult Literacy Programs
Last year, we engaged 6,713 students in completing nearly 50,000 hours of service-learning in their communities—a 13.5% increase over the previous school year. Across all of our regions, buildOn students are doing more service in class, after school, and on weekends. They’re serving at food pantries and soup kitchens, planting urban gardens, and campaigning for environmental justice. The service these compassionate youth are leading is making a profound difference not only in their schools and communities, but in their own lives as well.
Pictured: In Boston, buildOn students partnered with Heading Home, a local organization that provides emergency shelter and transitional housing to community members experiencing poverty and homelessness. The students crafted winter warming baskets, which included delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies and messages of encouragement, and delivered them to the residents at Heading Home’s shelters.
“My favorite service project was baking cookies for Heading Home’s Transitional Shelter because it was fun, helped the community feel connected and it also helped us learn a practical skill: baking. I learned that it never hurts to give back, even if you don’t have much. Try to give back as much as you can, because the feeling you get from service is unlike any other. A little can go a long way.”
“I joined buildOn in April 2022 because I wanted to make a difference in the community that I live in and meet new people. I think that buildOn students are making a difference by providing for and helping those in need—making those people feel wanted and not forgotten.”
“I never would have thought of joining a program like this, but I’m really, really happy that I did because I met some amazing people and I feel like my communication skills are just a lot stronger now. I’m also a more confident person, I’ve noticed. I feel like I can help anybody. I love buildOn. I think it’s a great program and I hope we continue to have it at our high school because it’s really important.”
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