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 February 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 ›
Saturday 4:00PM, 2017 | 5100 W. Harrison St., Chicago
BUILD’s art show will examine the implications of love and hate through an urban lens. Come for an evening of great art featuring youth and aspiring community artists. Tickets are $30 and include appetizers, wine and refreshments. Read More ›
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