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BUILDING HOPE, BUILDING LIVES, BUILDING FUTURES
 

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

Browse 2 Events in January 2015

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Feb
2015
Monday 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CST), 2015 | 5100 W. Harrison Chicago, IL 60644 | BUILD Headquarters, 5100 W. Harrison St. Chicago, IL
The SPARCS program aims to help traumatized adolescents find that spark of light within themselves and build on their strengths and resilience. The very definition of the word “spark” is (1) to set into motion, (2) to rouse to action, and (3) hidden abilities capable of growth and development. SPARCS aims to identify adolescents’ strengths & ability to make better choices for their lives by helping them to identify what gives their lives purpose and meaning, to cultivate healthy relationships, and spur on healing. The SPARCS model is a phase-oriented treatment with the first priority being to equip adolescents with tools for coping with current and future stressors that are impacted by painful events from the past. Read More ›
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Feb
2015
Sunday 7:00PM, 2015 | Joe's Bar on Weed St. 940 West Weed Street Chicago, IL 60622 | Joe's Bar on Weed St. 940 West Weed Street Chicago, IL 60622
Join us for a fun filled evening of comedy, drinks, and an amazing lineup of comedians at the famous Joe's Bar on Weed Street! Enjoy the many laughs while contributing to a great cause – Helping BUILD better futures for our youth! 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. Learn more about BUILD by visiting us at www.buildchicago.org We look forward to having a great time with you and your friends! Read More ›
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