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 July 2017

Friday 3:00PM, 2017
Hoops on the Block is 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 ›
Tuesday 6:00PM, 2017 | Moore Park: 5085 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60644
Join us from 6pm-8pm at Moore Park for our annual community-building campaign that promotes police- community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Read More ›
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