For over 46 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 August 2015

Wednesday 6:00PM, 2015 | Moore Park , 5085 W. Adams. Chicago, Illinois 60644 | 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. Read More ›
Friday 3:00PM, 2015 | Simons Park(1640 N. Drake) | Simons Park(1640 N. Drake)
Hoops in the Hood, a summer-long program that helps youth stay active and away from gang violence. This summer 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! Read More ›
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