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.  


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Upcoming Events

Browse 2 Events in April 2017

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 ›
Monday 9:00AM, 2017 | 5100 W. Harrison St., Chicago
Are you a senior in high school that is going to graduate this month? Have you already been accepted into a community college or university? Do you need help paying your college expenses? If you answered yes to these questions, then apply today for the BUILD Scholarship. This is a competitive process and applications must be complete and have all the necessary attachments. Applications are available Online at For more information contact Ebonee Shaw at The application process closes July 8th. Read More ›
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