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 September 2016

Thursday 7:00PM, 2016 | Soldier Field | Soldier Field
BUILD is excited to announce our first Run/Walk with our partners at Strides for Peace. This event is a milestone for BUILD, as we look to engage staff, supporters and our community. The Strides for Peace Run & Walk will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2016, with the event kicking off at 7:00pm at Soldier Field. All ages, and abilities are welcome to register to run or walk in an evening that will shine a spotlight on all of BUILD's and Strides for Peace's positive impacts on youth in Chicago. Read More ›
Saturday 10:00AM, 2016 | 5100 W. Harrison St. | 5100 W. Harrison St.
The BUILD College 101 Conference is a conference that brings together leaders in education and workforce development across Chicago to engage with youth interested in strengthening support for pre-college and youth development programming, and college access. The core of the conference is the promotion of academic excellence, access to higher education, and diversity; the strengthening of substantive partnerships between BUILD and school systems within the midwest; and the development of new community outreach initiatives that prepare students for academic excellence in post-secondary education and strengthen the pathways to college. Interactive workshops on topics such as college and scholarship searching, navigating the admissions application process, FAFSA completion, getting acclimated to college and the keys to academic success. Read More ›
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