WHAT IS buildOn?

buildOn is an organization that seeks to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education.


Service-learning is a form of experience-based education in which students learn content as they engage in activities that address community needs.  Service-learning differs from community service or volunteerism in two major ways: 1) The service activity is integrated with curriculum and content, and 2) Students engage in structured reflection of their service experiences and apply their learning in real-life activities. An effective service-learning project helps students learn and develop through participation in organized service that meets the needs of their communities.

Belita Nguluwe


Senior Service Learning 

Program Coordinator 

Dariela Colon


Service Learning 

Program Coordinator 


Students have a variety of opportunities to engage in service.

Weekly program meetings

Program meetings occur once a week, during students’ lunch period.  Program meetings are a great space to connect with other buildOn students and learn about upcoming service opportunities.


Ongoing after-school service projects

Ongoing service projects take place once a week and typically last anywhere between 1-3 hours.  Ongoing service projects are a great opportunity to network and build relationships with community partners as well as other volunteers.


Saturday service projects

Saturday service projects vary every week and are a great way to address a variety of challenges affecting the community.  As with ongoing service projects, Saturday service opportunities, are a great way to learn about community partners and network with them.



Trek is a part of our global program.  Students who are selected to participate on Trek have the opportunity to travel to one of our partner countries; Nicaragua, Haiti, Malawi, Senegal, or Nepal, to help build the foundation of a school.  Students are not only able to participate in the construction of a school but they engage in rich cultural exchange for 10-12 days. During this time, students build relationships with their team and with community members.

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 Longwood Preparatory Academy

965 Longwood Ave, Bronx, NY 10459 


Phone : (718) 860-1242