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buildOn provides Service Learning Programs in four Oakland high schools, empowering students to transform their communities and become forces of positive change.

The San Francisco Bay Area has seen rapid growth over the last two decades, but many communities and schools continue to be left behind. In Oakland, the high school graduation rate for 2016 was just 63%. buildOn is partnering with high schools in East and Central Oakland to increase student engagement — academically and in the community. Oakland service projects include tutoring for younger children, park restoration, and cooking meals at soup kitchens and homeless shelters.

Oakland Service Impact

buildOn students are transforming their cities through service.

Our programs impact thousands of Oakland students.

  • “By making sandwiches and passing them out to the homeless, by serving at food pantries and soup kitchens, I am able to help the people on the street that others ignore.”

    Flecshaney Jackson – Oakland, CA
    Flecshaney's Service Story

  • “I do service because I got tired of waiting for the change, I wanted to be the change.”

    Benjamin Pablo, Oakland High School
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Where we work in the Oakland

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

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How You Can Help

Empower buildOn students to serve the Oakland community

Serve with Us in Oakland

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

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Donate to Oakland Programs

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

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Learn more about our programs
Contact Valarie Duran
Program Director, Oakland
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Development, West Coast

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