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.
- 225 students currently engaged
- 36,927 service hours to date
- 650 students currently engaged
- 342,959 service hours to date
- 113 schools built
- 18,645 students enrolled in school
- 850 students currently engaged
- 492,440 service hours to date
- 1,100 students currently engaged
- 365,134 service hours to date
- 19 schools built
- 2,611 students enrolled in school
- 183 schools built
- 45,945 students enrolled in school
- 386 schools built
- 57,022 students enrolled in school
- 348 schools built
- 41,416 students enrolled in school
- 288 schools built
- 36,644 students enrolled in school
- 550 students currently engaged
- 337,542 service hours to date
- 229 schools built
- 32,942 students enrolled in school
- 1,700 students currently engaged
- 633,673 service hours to date
- U.S. locations
- Global locations
Hours served by U.S. students
Students active in buildOn service programs
of buildOn students graduate high school
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.
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.