Boston Youth Empowered by Service
Through our Service Learning Programs, students in some of the most under-resourced high schools in Boston are empowered to take on the most pressing issues in their communities through direct action. By helping seniors, the unhoused, and younger kids, buildOn Boston students learn to lead by first learning how to serve.
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About buildOn Boston
For nearly 20 years, buildOn has been embedded in the fabric of Boston. buildOn has an unrelenting commitment to Boston students. We are rising to the challenge to continue our important work by engaging students in free service learning programming in five Boston high schools – Community Academy for Science & Health, Fenway High School, and Jeremiah E. Burke High School.
Our Impact in Boston
Boston students currently engaged
services hours contributed by Boston students to date
of buildOn students graduate high school
of buildOn students go on to college
Our Service Methodology
Service is at the core of our mission. Students in buildOn’s programs contribute meaningful service to their communities on a weekly basis—helping the unhoused, senior citizens, and younger children in need.
From serving meals in soup kitchens, to tutoring elementary school students, and spending quality time with senior citizens, buildOn’s Service Learning Programs connect students directly to their community members who are most in need. Seventy-five percent of all buildOn service activities are dedicated to direct, people-to-people service.
“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 it 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 never feel like volunteering with buildOn is a chore, but rather a fresh experience.”
Meet Sendy, buildOn Boston Alum
My experience with buildOn –– from serving my Boston community to building schools in Malawi and Senegal –– has taught me that every act of service, no matter how small, can be the seed that grows into something much bigger, much more powerful than ourselves.
10 years later, Sendy Lamour is a buildOn Boston Board Member and a student in the Doctor of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine/Osteopathy department at the University of New England.Read More
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