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Through buildOn’s six Service Learning Programs in Detroit, students are inspiring each other to transform their schools, neighborhoods and communities through service and education.

Despite continuing improvements, Detroit still has among the highest rates of violent crime and lowest graduation rates in the United States. But buildOn students in Detroit are working hard to change the outlook for their city. By tutoring and mentoring young children at local elementary schools, breaking down generational barriers by engaging with the elderly at senior centers and cooking meals at homeless shelters and soup kitchens, buildOn students are making sure that they are serving everyone in their city. Through our programs, Detroit students have contributed more than 275,000 hours of service to their communities and are giving more service to their city every week.

Detroit Service Impact

buildOn students are transforming their city through service.

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

  • brittany

    “If kids are growing up in a bad environment, they feel like nobody cares and everybody is coming apart. Serving shows them that all people can help and shows that there’s still people here that are doing good.”

    Brittney Dobbins, Osborn College Preparatory Academy
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    “I wanted to do service to spread more positive actions and influence my community… I feel like through buildOn I found that circle of positivity that I’ve been looking for.”

    Taju Williams – Osborn College Preparatory Academy

  • Rayia_Detroit

    “Urban teens believe that we can make a difference here at home and in developing countries. buildOn helps us realize that we are not that different from suburban teens or from someone thousands of miles away. We learn to love ourselves and our community, and to never give up even when all odds are against us.”

    Rayia Gaddy, buildOn Alum

Where we work in Detroit

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

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Your donation can help a Detroit student become a leader in her urban community. Just $36 provides a Detroit student with a week of buildOn service learning programs.

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Program Director, Detroit

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