buildOn U.S.

Youth Empowered by Service

Through our Service Learning Programs, students in some of America’s most under-resourced high schools are empowered to take on the most pressing issues in their communities through direct action. By helping seniors, the unhoused, and younger kids, buildOn students learn to lead by first learning how to serve.


Building Constructive Leaders

The world is changing. And what it means to be a leader is changing, too. That’s why buildOn empowers youth from some of America’s most under-resourced high schools to build solidarity through service and make the world a better place for all. We call this Constructive Leadership. buildOn students are taught to lead, first by learning to serve, unleashing courage, resilience, empathy and a passion for the possible, to build solidarity.

Where We Work

buildOn’s Service Learning Programs engage students from 28 underserved high schools, in six cities throughout the United States.

Bridgeport, CT

By serving meals at shelters for unhoused veterans, tutoring younger kids, and organizing food and clothing drives, buildOn students are addressing Bridgeport’s most pressing issues.

The Facts

650

students currently engaged

342959

service hours to date

I know what it’s like to not have a lot, and I know people are appreciative when you give them help. It means a lot to them. That’s it. That’s why I love doing buildOn.

Jean Laurena / buildOn Alumnus – Bridgeport, CT

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Jon Mucciolo
Development Manager, CT/NY

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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.

 

Our U.S. Impact

2.4million

Hours served by U.S. students

7033

Students active in buildOn service programs

98%

of buildOn students graduate high school