buildOn Boston

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.

Join us at Boston's 2024 Citywide Service Day!

Join us for a special day of service in Boston with buildOn students, alumni, and community partners.

When: Thursday, June 27, 2024 9 AM – 12:30 PM

Where: Jeremiah Burke High School, 60 Washington St, Boston, MA 02121

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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.

Direct Service
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.


Meet Sendy, buildOn Boston Alum

Sendy Lamour outside CASH school

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.

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Have questions?

Please contact William Holbrook at for additional information about buildOn Boston.