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 June 2017

Monday 6:00PM, 2017 | Moore Park , 5085 W. Adams. Chicago, Illinois 60644
DONNA DUDLEY PEACE LEAGUE - This Project assists gang members and other at-risk youth in crisis to reduce illegal, anti-social and violent activities, through the use of sports, which ultimately helps to increase their self-esteem, commitment to education and positive behavior. Donna Dudley, long-time BUILD supporter, former staff and Board member, has long advocated for safe spaces to bring youth from all factions together in a friendly, yet competitive game of softball. Her belief that all young people, regardless of affiliation should be able to enjoy sports together is at the heart of this softball tournament. Call today For more information or to register a team for a $250 tournament fee. Read More ›
Wednesday 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CDT), 2017 | 5100 W. Harrison St., Chicago
Our list of summer activities and programs has something for everyone! Summer programming at BUILD include writing, art, music, performing arts, science, outdoor adventure, science, math and technology, community service, trips and more! Read More ›
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