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 August 2016

Thursday 10:00AM, 2016 | 5100 W. Harrison St.
The BUILD Summer Arts Bootcamp provides an intensive emersion into the various art forms and combines them into a single showcase at the end of the eight weeks. Youth may choose from one of the three art forms – Steel Drums, Visual Arts, Theatrics - and can participate in the Friday Community Arts days. Spend your summer learning new arts and being creative! Read More ›
Friday 4:00PM, 2016 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Every Friday BUILD will close down one block in the Humboldt Park and Austin communities to host three on three basketball games in the middle of the block. BUILD creates a block party feel by BBQ'ing, providing activities, face painting and engaging the residents of the block in a fun, safe, summer evening. Hoops in the Hood, a summer-long program that helps youth stay active and away from gang violence. This summer's 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! For additional info please contact Heriberto Calixto at Read More ›
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