For over 45 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 more than 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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Thursday 7:00PM, 2014
BUILD’s Annual Holiday Adopt-A-Family program provides gifts and warm clothing during the holiday season to Chicago families in need. BUILD provides dynamic after-school and summer programs for children in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods; the organization aims to get these kids off the streets by providing an alternative to the gang violence that is so prevalent throughout our city. Read More ›
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