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Since 1969, BUILD has focused our efforts and resources on Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods in order to change the status quo that has already taken too many young lives. We accomplish our mission through violence prevention/intervention, youth development, and coalition building. Over the years, we have taken the best elements of our program experience and created THE BUILD MODEL.

THE BUILD MODEL -- Prevention, Intervention, and BUILDing Futures (college/career prep & youth leadership development) -- provides best-practice services that enable youth to reduce risk-taking behaviors, develop personal competencies, and strengthen their commitment to education and community service. BUILD offers positive alternatives to the gangs, violence and drugs that surround youth, assisting them to transition from being “at risk” to “at hope” by providing coordinated services that assess youths’ needs, identify their assets, and involve them in our programs and refer them to our community partners. Our services range from one-time violence interventions to intensive, ongoing work with youth. All interactions are geared to empower youth to take charge of their own lives, their own futures!

 

The Core youth that participated in all three BUILD’s programs (PreventionIntervention and BUILDing Futures) achieved the following academic goals for FY15'

 

BUILD Model (All Programs)

•       79% of youth have reported increased knowledge on conflict resolution and anger management

•       78% of youth have demonstrated an improvement in academic performance

•       95% of youth have been promoted to the next grade level

       92% of youth have graduated and obtained a high school diploma or GED

•       84% of college-ready youth have applied to postsecondary programs, financial aid, and scholarships

•       45% of college-ready youth have enrolled in a postsecondary program

•       78% of youth have reported a decrease in aggressive behavior

 

Prevention

  • 70% of youth have avoided discipline in school, including detentions, suspensions and expulsions
  • 97% of Elementary aged youth (non-eighth graders) have been promoted to the next grade
  • 91% of eighth graders graduated elementary school
  • 99% of youth in Prevention have avoided gang affiliation
  • 99% of youth in Prevention avoided involvement with the Justice System or Law Enforcement
  • 96% of youth in Prevention avoided use of addictive substances
  • 80% of you have avoided negative interpersonal relationships including gang affiliation, aggressive behavior or negative friends.
  • 86% of youth participated in extracurricular activities or afterschool programs
  • 61% of youth in Prevention have demonstrated an improvement in academic performance
  • 15% decrease in the number of youth exhibiting aggressive behavior

 

Intervention

  • 97% of youth have avoided gang involvement or have broken ties
  • 91% of youth in Intervention avoided use of addictive substances
  • 91% of youth in Intervention avoided involvement with the Justice System or Law Enforcement
  • 86% of youth in Intervention have demonstrated an improvement in academic performance
  • 93% of High School aged youth (non-seniors) have been promoted to the next grade
  • 41% of High School seniors graduated
  • 35% decrease of youth in Intervention receiving detentions
  • 53% decrease of youth in Intervention receiving suspensions
  • 86% decrease in the number of youth in Intervention being expelled from school
  • 50% decrease in the number of youth exhibiting aggressive behavior
  • 38% decrease in the number of youth exhibiting aggressive behavior on a weekly basis
  • 26% increase in the number of youth participating in extracurricular activities or afterschool programs
  • 71% increase in the number of youth volunteering or participating in community service

 

BUILDing Futures

  • 75% of youth in BUILDing Futures avoided discipline in school, including detentions, suspensions and expulsions
  • 92% of youth in BUILDing Futures have avoided gang involvement or have broken gang affiliation ties
  • 92% of youth in BUILDing Futures have avoided use of addictive substances
  • 96% of youth have avoided involvement with the Justice System or Law Enforcement
  • 97% of youth in BUILDing Futures have demonstrated an improvement in academic performance
  • 99% of High School aged youth (non-seniors) have been promoted to the next grade
  • 89% of Seniors in BUILDing Futures graduated high school
  • 92% of college-aged youth in BUILDing Futures applied to college
  • 89% of college-aged youth in BUILDing Futures were accepted into college
  • 59% decrease in the number of youth in BUILDing Futures receiving detentions
  • 88% decrease in the number of youth in BUILDing Futures receiving suspensions
  • 90% decrease in the number of youth in BUILDing Futures who failed classes
  • 57% decrease in the number of youth exhibiting aggressive behavior

 

Program Outcomes:

  • Social mobility
  • Post-secondary success
  • Civic activism
  • Youth empowerment
  • Increased pro-social behaviors
  • Deterred/decreased negative behaviors

 

 In FY13, BUILD served 3,000 youth with effective, high-impact programs that created outstanding results.