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.  


Upcoming Events

Browse 2 Events in December 2016

Friday 6:00PM, 2016 | 5100 W. Harrison St., Chicago
Are you interested in volunteering at BUILD? We welcome all volunteers to attend our Volunteer Orientation Day! Orientation will help you learn more about BUILD, our mission and the impact we make in our community. Orientations typically last about an hour and will cover all of the topics and policies that are important to you, the volunteer, and BUILD. Please contact our volunteer department at 773-227-2880 or e-mail: Read More ›
Tuesday 9:00AM, 2016
On the first day of Winter Camp BUILD staff gave to me, a fun time and lots of cool things to do.” Register early to reserve your spot! Hours are 9am-5pm and runs through the 5th of January. Read More ›
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