Our Work

Together, we’re breaking the cycle

Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education. We mobilize U.S. students to transform their communities through service learning and change the world by building schools in developing countries


Where We Work

From America’s most underserved urban high schools to the world’s economically poorest countries, we build hope and opportunity where it’s needed most.

Detroit

  • 1,100 students currently engaged
  • 365,134 service hours to date
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Chicago

  • 850 students currently engaged
  • 492,440 service hours to date
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The Bronx

  • 1,700 students currently engaged
  • 633,673 service hours to date
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Bridgeport, CT

  • 650 students currently engaged
  • 342,959 service hours to date
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Boston

  • 225 students currently engaged
  • 36,927 service hours to date
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Senegal

  • 216 schools built
  • 31,148 students enrolled in school
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Nicaragua

  • 250 schools built
  • 13,000 students enrolled in school
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Nepal

  • 268 schools built
  • 35,594 students enrolled in school
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Mali

  • 347 schools built
  • 41,299 students enrolled in school
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Malawi

  • 367 schools built
  • 53,651 students enrolled in school
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Guatemala

  • 17 schools built
  • 2,336 students enrolled in school
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Burkina Faso

  • 108 schools built
  • 17,820 students enrolled in school
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Oakland

  • 550 students currently engaged
  • 337,542 service hours to date
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Haiti

  • 178 schools built
  • 44,439 students enrolled in school
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  • U.S. locations
  • Global locations

Our Impact

2.3million

Hours served by U.S. students

4847

Students active in buildOn service programs

98%

of buildOn students graduate high school

Our Programs

We empower U.S. youth as they transform their communities, our world, and themselves by serving their neighborhoods and building schools in the economically poorest countries on the planet.

buildOn U.S.

Our Service Learning Programs help U.S. youth identify the issues impacting their communities, and provide opportunities for them to take action and create lasting change. 

24

high schools

6

U.S. cities

WHERE WE SERVE

  • Boston, MA
  • Bridgeport, CT
  • Bronx, NY
  • Chicago, IL
  • Detroit, MI
  • Oakland, CA

buildOn Global

Our Global Education Programs empower people in the world’s economically poorest countries to take the lead in bringing education to their communities by building schools with us.

1781

primary schools

8

Developing Countries

WHERE WE SERVE

  • Burkina Faso
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Senegal

Service is at the heart of everything we do. From America’s underserved urban neighborhoods to the world’s economically poorest rural villages, we empower people to take on the most pressing issues in their communities through direct action. It’s not about what we do for the students and families we serve with, but what they do for their communities, our world, and themselves.

We believe that the people closest to challenges of poverty and illiteracy are best positioned to address these issues. In the U.S., this means empowering youth to investigate the biggest concerns facing their communities and providing opportunities for them to take action. Globally, we don’t build schools for communities, we build schools with communities, putting local residents in leadership roles and employing a construction model that centers on collaborative service.

Our Partners Make Our Work Possible

In order to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations, our partner’s support is essential.

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