This holiday season, empower urban youth who are giving every day to transform themselves, their communities and our world through service.


Giving helps students like Sheyla transform their communities through local service and change the world by building schools in economically impoverished countries.


What buildOn Youth Are Giving Every Day:

  • buildOn students serve at homeless shelters, soup kitchens and take to the streets to feed their neighbors in need.
  • buildOn students serve with younger children from their neighborhoods, acting as after-school tutors and positive role models.
  • Spending time with seniors is just one of the ways buildOn students spread compassion in their communities.
  • buildOn students are helping to improve the lives of kids and adults with disabilities through service.
  • buildOn students have helped construct more than 800 schools in seven of the world’s economically poorest countries.

Your HOLIDAY Gift Empowers:

Academic Achievement

93% of buildOn students not only graduate, they go on to college

Stronger Communities

Youth become forces of change in their communities

Limitless Possibilities

Students see anything is possible with grit and compassion

Why buildOn Students Serve Their Communities:

  • “I have learned to share my knowledge and lend my hand to others. Being part of buildOn gives you that push and motivation to continue and strive in school and outside of school.”

    Dayanna Mazo – Central High School, Bridgeport, CT

  • “I wanted to do service to spread more positive actions and influence my community… I feel like through buildOn I found that circle of positivity that I’ve been looking for.”

    Taju Williams – Osborn College Preparatory Academy

  • “I do service because I got tired of waiting for the change, I wanted to be the change.”

    Benjamin Pablo, Oakland High School
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Thank you buildOn supporters Britta & Denis Nayden for matching donations to buildOn U.S. Programs through 12/31/15!


For 11 consecutive years, buildOn has earned a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator.

Only 1% of the charities rated by Charity Navigator have received at least 11 consecutive 4-star evaluations.

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