36 Hours

Great Leaders are Built. Not Born.

At buildOn, we believe that leadership is about building others up. It’s about putting people first and learning to lead by first learning how to serve. Our students, community members, and partners are living this philosophy every day, as they serve in their own communities and build schools in the villages that need them most. They know that there is a new path to leadership, and it starts with service. At buildOn, we call this Constructive Leadership.

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, Illiteracy, and Low Expectations

Constructive Leadership inspires solidarity and unleashes our courage, resilience, empathy, passion for the possible, and it can only be ignited through service! Our buildOn supporters can begin leading the change in their communities by getting directly involved our immersion program, 36 Hours.

What is 36 Hours?

36 Hours is a deeply personal and inspiring immersion experience created for buildOn supporters to travel to a buildOn partner high school and serve in solidarity with our students.

Participants partner with a buildOn Student Ambassador to learn directly about life in their community on school and neighborhood tours. Together students and 36 Hours participants explore the issues facing students today and address these challenges directly through service.

Learn to Lead by Serving Others First

As part of 36 Hours you will:

Get an inside look at the 36 Hours experience

Our friends from Rodan + Fields joined buildOn on Chicago’s West Side in the Spring of 2016 and produced this inspiring video of their experience.

36 Hours Sample Agenda

Day One

    • Arrive in the afternoon and meet your buildOn Student Ambassador who will be paired with you throughout the experience.
    • Understand the challenges and and benefits of the community through a student-led tour.
    • Serve side-by-side with students and learn how students are leading change.
    • Enjoy a welcome dinner with your Student Ambassador and reflect on your first day.

Day Two

  • Learn about the local education system through a student-led tour of their high school.
  • Hear personal stories directly from students through a panel discussion.
  • Have an open conversation with teachers and administrators about the challenges facing urban schools over lunch.
  • Serve, once more, with your student ambassador in their community.
  • End your experience with a farewell dinner and personal reflection with your student ambassador.

What our students and partners are saying about 36 Hours

  • “How have buildOn students changed me? I think it’s just having a deeper understanding of what their life’s been like. I feel like these buildOn students could actually start to change the world.”

    Janine Weber, Rodan + Fields Vice President, Canada

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