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buildOn serves communities most affected by poverty and violence in Chicago, developing a culture of service and educational advancement among the city’s youth.

Chicago’s epidemic of gun violence has made national headlines in recent years, and buildOn’s Service Learning Program engages students from some of the neighborhoods most affected by violence. Students are empowered to lift up their communities by advocating and educating against violence, volunteering at homeless shelters and soup kitchens, and mentoring the next generation of engaged citizens.

Chicago Service Impact

buildOn students are transforming their city through service.

Meet some of the Chicago students we're empowering to serve.

  • “buildOn has given me a chance to embrace who I am. It has filled me with compassion and empathy for others. It has focused my energy on being in the service of those around me.”

    Sheyla Ocampo, buildOn Chicago Alum
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Where we work in Chicago

We’re making a difference in some of Chicago’s most challenged schools:

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How You Can Help

Empower buildOn students to serve the Chicago community

Serve with Us in Chicago

buildOn provides a variety fully immersive experiences that allow your organization to mentor and serve with Chicago youth, share your skills, and make a positive impact in your community.

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Donate to Chicago Programs

Your donation can help a Chicago student become a leader in his urban community. A gift of just $36 provides a Chicago student with a week of impactful buildOn Service Learning Programs.

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Learn more about our programs
Contact Kimberly Townsend
Program Director, Chicago
Volunteer or support our programs
Contact Ryan Nishimoto
Community Engagement Manager, Midwest

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