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 May 2018

Thursday 6:00PM, 2018 | Grant Park, Upper Hutchinson Field, 200 E. Balbo Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605.
Join BUILD Chicago's team in the Strides for Peace Race Against Gun Violence! As a Race Against Gun Violence Community Partner, we receive 100% of all contributions designated to BUILD. Register now, choose BUILD as your charity beneficiary, and share your personal fundraising page with friends and family! Race options include an 8k, 5k, and 2 mile walk - there is a race for every age and level. The race will be held at Grant Park, Upper Hutchinson Field, 200 E. Balbo Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605. Read More ›
Friday 10:00AM, 2018 | Corner of Madison & Cicero, Chicago, IL
The City of Chicago is facing some very challenging times in navigating the issue of youth violence. Our elected leaders, along with many of our community organizations, are working together to address the ongoing, and senseless tragedies. As part of that commitment, we are working alongside many community agencies and corporate partners on a free community event called, Summer of Opportunity, set for Friday June 22nd. Read More ›
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