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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Upcoming Events

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Thursday 6:00PM, 2015 | 5100 W. Harrison Chicago, IL 60644 | 5100 W. Harrison Chicago, IL 60644
The event will be held at BUILD headquarters in the City's Austin community, located at 5100 W. Harrison in Chicago. The BUILD Public Speaking event provides at-risk youth with public speaking classes over an eight month period to help them academically and professionally, as well as to boost their self-esteem and self-confidence. Youth, who participated in at least two of these classes, have the opportunity to become a speaker at the contest. The participants of this contest will also have an opportunity to receive a $250, $500 or $1000 College Scholarship as well as an opportunity to speak at this year’s “BUILDing Teams, BUILDing Dreams” Annual Dinner on May 8, at Soldier Field. Come out to listen and celebrate the achievements of these wonderful students!! Please call us at 773-227-2880 if you are interested in attending this FREE event! 5100 West Harrison . Chicago, IL 60644 Read More ›
Friday 5:45PM - 11:00PM (CDT), 2015 | Soldier Field United Club, 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, IL 60605 | Soldier Field United Club, 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
We invite you to join us this year at BUILD’s Annual Dinner: “BUILDing Teams / BUILDing Dreams”. We will be honoring the hard work of thousands of Chicago’s youth who, thanks to BUILD, are moving from despair to hope, and from dropping out of school to becoming young leaders. We would be so grateful for your leadership gift and presence at this very special event. You can join hundreds of enthusiastic guests who will gather at the United Club at Soldier Field to hear from BUILD’s youth about the challenges they are overcoming, the successes they are achieving, and their game plans for BUILDing bright futures. “BUILDing Teams / BUILDing Dreams” will give you confidence that, despite the violence on Chicago’s streets, our youth are surviving and thriving, as they fulfill their dreams and raise our hopes for a peaceful, progressive Chicago! If you have any questions, please contact BUILD at 773.227.2880 Read More ›
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