Students in Philadelphia’s school system graduate at a rate just barely above 60%. The drop-out crisis has a profound effect on the city and on its youth. buildOn works with schools and local service partners to address this crisis, one student at a time. buildOn runs afterschool youth service programs in 5 Philadelphia high schools throughout the city, 4 of which have 50 person programs. Students strive to address Philly’s specific needs with their outreach. So far in 2014, buildOn students have contributed more than 300 service hours to the Gift of Life Family House, a home away from home for family members, patients awaiting life-saving transplants, and organ transplant recipients. buildOn students routinely go and prepare meals (or bake bread/cookies) for families staying at the Gift of Life Family House. Students also meet once a week to promote organ donation all leading up to the annual Donor Dash which takes place during spring break.
We're approaching the holiday season fast and, while we have made great progress so far, now is the time to really push for change!
Our students are working hard to commit to the afterschool community service hours in our Philadelphia chapters, and we would love to help them continue. Don't have a gift for someone yet? Make a donation to our After-School Youth Empowerment Program in Philadelphia in someone's honor!
The Philadelphia chapter has started a new initiative: the Breaking grounds project. buildOn Breaking Grounds Coffee is a new initiative to raise money to bring education to those in the developing world who currently have no school. The coffee is Fairly Traded, meaning that the farmers that grow it are receiving a higher price than usual for their crop. $2.10 cents of every bag sold goes directly to the farmers and $6.55 goes to building schools! By purchasing Breaking Grounds Coffee, buyers are not only will receive delicious coffee but they are also supporting farmers in Nicaragua while brining educational opportunities to children, parents and grandparents in the developing world!!
This cause is truly an honorable one - helping students stay in school and give back and better their own communities - and there are many ways to contribute.
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