The Bay Area


Students Engaged Monthly


Total Service Hours

buildOn runs Service Learning Programs in five high schools in the Bay Area, empowering students to take action in their own communities and become forces of positive change through community service.

Even by the standards of the nation’s inner-city environments, many public schools in the Bay Area have suffered from dramatic graduation rate downturns in the last 5 years: in Oakland, for example, the high school graduation rate is only 62.78%. By engaging Bay Area youth in buildOn’s Service Learning Programs, students are gaining the skills to succeed personally and change their communities from within. Service projects set to restore the Bay’s problem areas include ongoing tutoring for young children at local schools and libraries, environmental outreach and conservation at community parks, and cooking meals and sorting food donations at soup kitchens and homeless shelters throughout San Francisco and Oakland.

Bay Area Service Impact

buildOn students are transforming their cities through service.

Our programs impact thousands of Bay Area students.

  • mykel

    “I joined buildOn to keep me from hanging out on the streets and getting into trouble in my neighborhood in San Francisco. Now I choose to volunteer as a way to express my passions and make a difference in the world.”

    Mykel Sisk, International Studies Academy
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  • ben-sf

    “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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  • Jorge-Gomez-Testimonial

    “I realized I was not helping build just another school, but I was helping build a school in the name of this man, my dad, my mom, my uncles and everyone else who was not allow to finish or go to school at all.”

    Jorge Gomez, buildOn Student

Where we work in the Bay Area

We’re making a difference in some of the Bay Area’s most challenged schools:

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

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