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

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Friday 5:00PM, 2017
BUILD will host a Community Family Night for family members of all ages. Spend your evening with free family activities that include basketball tournaments, dance contests games and prizes. Bingo, arts & crafts and much more! Please call BUILD for location. Read More ›
Tuesday 5:30PM, 2017 | Lagunitas Brewing Company 2607 W 17th St
Buy Tickets! Drink Beer! Do Good! On June 20th, join us at Lagunitas Brewery TapRoom and do more good! Learn about how to join our associate board, become a volunteer, and learn more about our alumni club. Games, auctions and prizes available! Read More ›
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