For over 46 years, BUILD has worked in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods to stem the violence that takes away the positive potential – and, far too often, the very lives – of our youth. In 1969, BUILD started working with fewer than 200 gang-affiliated teens in one neighborhood and today BUILD serves nearly 3,000 youth annually, offering targeted services to enhance our impact in four priority communities - Austin, East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park and Logan Square - while continuing to provide support in other Chicago neighborhoods and throughout Cook County. 

BUILD’s programs are designed to meet both the immediate problem of preventing at-risk youth from joining gangs as well as working with gang-involved youth to develop alternatives to this destructive lifestyle. Our service population also includes youth who have come in contact with the justice system to prevent and/or provide alternatives to detention and assist with successful re-entry into their communities. 


Throughout the year BUILD is packed with all kinds of events and things to do! Download the calendar of events by clicking on the image! 



Upcoming Events

Browse 2 Events in February 2016

Wednesday 4:00PM, 2016 | 5100 W. Harrison St. Chicago, IL 60644
Want to understand your school subjects better? Not satisfied with your grade? Be part of an exciting, BUILD tutoring program. The BUILD Tutoring Center workshops are a free tutoring program for 7th through 12th grade students. TUTORING IN SCIENCE . READING . ENGLISH . SOCIAL STUDIES . MATH The BUILD Tutoring Center workshops will take place on Wednesdays beginning November 18, 2015 through June 22, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at BUILD Headquarters in the Youth Center. BUILD Education Outreach Specialist, volunteers from local colleges, universities and the community will lead the program. ALL NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS MUST REGISTER! Contact Ebonee Shaw at for additional information on workshops and registration. Remember to stay up to date on educational opportunities, scholarships, college fairs, and college tours on BUILD's Educational Corner! Read More ›
Friday 5:00PM, 2016 | BUILD Headquarters 5100 W. Harrison St. Chicago, IL 60644 | BUILD Headquarters
Put on your dancing shoes and join BUILD as we host a Valentine’s Day Dance from 5pm–9pm, for ages 14-18. Food, contests and prizes are sure to delight you and your special someone! Tickets can be purchased at the door at BUILD, 5100 W. Harrison for $5.00/person. For more information contact Angella Smith at Read More ›
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