BUILDING HOPE, BUILDING LIVES, BUILDING FUTURES
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 August 2016

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Aug
2016
Friday 4:00PM, 2016 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Every Friday BUILD will close down one block in the Humboldt Park and Austin communities to host three on three basketball games in the middle of the block. BUILD creates a block party feel by BBQ'ing, providing activities, face painting and engaging the residents of the block in a fun, safe, summer evening. Hoops in the Hood, a summer-long program that helps youth stay active and away from gang violence. This summer's basketball league brings together residents and youth in their communities while promoting social responsibility, teamwork and community building. Follow BUILD as we travel through several Chicago neighborhoods this summer! For additional info please contact Heriberto Calixto at heribertocalixto@buildchicago.org Read More ›
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Aug
2016
Friday 12:00PM, 2016 | 5100 W. Harrison Chicago, IL 60644
Summer 2016 has been an awesome time for our BUILD youth and we want to extend an invitation for you to celebrate their successes by attending our “End of Summer Bash” on Friday, August 26th from 12:00 – 5:00 PM, at BUILD, located at 5100 West Harrison. The End of Summer Bash will take place at BUILD headquarters and feature games, inflatables, a climbing wall, open mic performances and much more. We are extremely proud of the hard work BUILD's youth demonstrated this past summer and their continued engagement in positive youth development. Please join us as BUILD staff, youth, elected officials and key stakeholders join together to celebrate another great year. Please join us to see some of the results of this summer’s projects, have a bite to eat, and meet some of the talented young people who were so successful in staying off the streets and keeping involved in positive things. Feel free to just drop in if you’re passing by. Read More ›
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