buildOn's Mission: The mission of buildOn is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education. We empower urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world.
At the IA: Every year students from the International Academy travel to an illiteracy-plagued country to assist in the construction of the school. In the past three years we have gone to Nicaragua, Haiti, and Malawi, and are most likely going to Guatemala this year.
What we do around the world
We build schools with villages that have historically had no adequate school structure or no school at all. We make a covenant with communities- they help us build and maintain the school, guarantee that equal numbers of boys and girls will be educated, and we provide the necessary funds to promote sustainable, long-term literacy with both adult and child classes.
What we do at home
We promote service and fundraising opportunities to encourage students to place a higher value on their education and contribute meaningfully to both their local and international communities. In fact, buildOn students contributed a total of 1.7 million service hours since 1993. Once sufficient funds for a school are fundraised, student representatives travel to the country, stay with host families, and work alongside villagers in the construction of the school.