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 our calendar of events by clicking here!


Upcoming Events

Browse 2 Events in October 2015

Thursday 7:30PM, 2015 | Vin Chicago, 1350 Old Skokie Valley Road . Highland park, IL
Join us for BUILD's Fall Wine Tasting Event on Thursday, November 5th, from 7:30pm - 9:00pm at Vin Chicago located at 11350 Old Skokie Valley Road . Highland park, IL Read More ›
Friday 5:45PM, 2016 | Soldier Field United Club, 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, IL 60605 | Soldier Field United Club, 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
We invite you to join us this year at BUILD’s Annual Dinner! We will be honoring the hard work of thousands of Chicago’s youth who, thanks to BUILD, are moving from despair to hope, and from dropping out of school to becoming young leaders. We would be so grateful for your leadership gift and presence at this very special event. You can join hundreds of enthusiastic guests who will gather at the United Club at Soldier Field to hear from BUILD’s youth about the challenges they are overcoming, the successes they are achieving, and their game plans for BUILDing bright futures. This great event will give you confidence that, despite the violence on Chicago’s streets, our youth are surviving and thriving, as they fulfill their dreams and raise our hopes for a peaceful, progressive Chicago! Read More ›
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