For nearly 50 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. 


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Upcoming Events

Browse 2 Events in September 2016

Wednesday 5:00PM, 2016 | 5100 W. Harrison St.
THIS IS A FREE COMMUNITY EVENT! Join BUILD as we partner up with Slow Roll Chicago for a bike ride on Wednesday September 28, 2016 starting at 5:00pm for an 8 mile event throughout parts of the Austin Community. We will meet at BUILD Headquarters and prepare for our peace ride. ALL ages welcome - bring your bike to ride and you may rent a bike for free - Must register early to secure a free bike rental. Slow Roll Chicago and BUILD Chicago are joining their respective missions in order to promote peace in the Austin community and all communities in Chicago. Read More ›
Thursday 7:00PM, 2016 | Soldier Field | Soldier Field
BUILD is excited to announce our first Run/Walk with our partners at Strides for Peace. This event is a milestone for BUILD, as we look to engage staff, supporters and our community. The Strides for Peace Run & Walk will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2016, with the event kicking off at 7:00pm at Soldier Field. All ages, and abilities are welcome to register to run or walk in an evening that will shine a spotlight on all of BUILD's and Strides for Peace's positive impacts on youth in Chicago. Read More ›
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