• buildOn partners with MPA to provide weekly volunteer opportunities for students, collaborate with teachers, and send students on international trips to build schools in developing countries.


    Their mission is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service. Through community service students develop leadership skills and learn to be change makers in their own community.


    We pass out food to the unhoused, we mentor children, we garden and give back to our land, we hang out with the elderly and we participate in community events.


    Additionally, students explore challenges and stereotypes of women in technical jobs, systems of oppression for incarcerated folks, and take action all while in the classroom.


    Abroad, our students live in host families, discover other cultures, and give their sweat and time to building the foundation of a school, all for free. 


  • To learn more about the BuildOn organization, visit

  • Weekly Schedule:
    • Tuesday we do Homework help at the Elementary School
    • Wednesday we go with Middle School students to Planting Justice
    • Thursday we help in the elementary school garden
    • Every Saturday we volunteer at a different project in Oakland!
  • Jamen Suter-Donaldson is the buildOn coordinator at MPA. Jamen travels with the students to each service project. You can find him at school in the Future Center, recruiting students for service projects, or in the virtual world at or 510-463-1782


    Bree Wilkinson is the Program Director for buildOn Oakland. Before this she was the buildOn coordinator at MPA. Here she is with two MPA seniors helping out Fairyland by giving prizes and treats to children.




    You can contact her at