Bridgeport, CT


Students Engaged Monthly


Total Service Hours

buildOn runs service learning programs in 3 Bridgeport high schools and engages hundreds of students in the area.

High school students in cities like Bridgeport face some of the highest crime rates in the country. Though drop-out rates are comparatively better than those of other inner-city areas, one in five Bridgeport freshmen are expected to drop out before they graduate. On-going service includes projects like volunteering at shelters and half-way houses for the homeless and returning veterans, as well as participating in food and clothing drives for those in need.

Bridgeport Service Impact

buildOn students are making an impact serving Bridgeport

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

  • Aida

    “I never thought that I can start my life over and make new friends (after my family left Syria), but I did – especially in buildOn. I feel like I belong somewhere…”

    Aida Hennawi, Central High School
    Read Aida's Story

  • Genesis_Testimonial

    “For over a year I visited a senior home in Bridgeport CT, every Tuesday and Thursday. I chose to volunteer with seniors because I feel that often people neglect the elderly. When I see the smiles on the seniors faces because they are excited to see me, it brings a smile to my face and makes me feel proud.”

    Genesis Aquino, Central High School

Where we work in Bridgeport

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

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Your donation can help an inner-city Bridgeport student become a leader in her community. Just $20 provides a Bridgeport student with a week of buildOn service learning programs.

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Contact Amina Brown
Program Director, Bridgeport
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