February 19, 2013
I interned with buildOn in the summer of 2011, after having been introduced to the organization through friends who were both alumni of buildOn's programs in high-school and members of buildOn University Chapters. I were also lucky to meet their head of International Programs in Nepal in 2010 while he was visiting some of their programs in the country. The organization is a dynamic one, that focus on the impact of education on youth but also on adults. Their focus on at-risk youth in the US, supporting them in their education and helping them to serve their community, fosters a sense of activism and responsibility that I believe is essential for everyone and for the greater good. Connecting this work to their actions abroad through treks for teenagers is a wonderful way to expose them to the world and ensure that they keep an open and curious mind for the rest of their lives. These teenagers then become young adults that keep engaging with the issues of inequalities, extreme poverty, the protection of the environment, etc. in their studies and beyond.
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