Building a Brighter Future for Chicago’s Youth with BUILD, Inc.

In many communities across the US, youth violence and gang recruitment are an epidemic — driving young people toward aggressive behavior and participation in risky, violent and often illegal activities. BUILD, Inc. — or Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development — is working to change this. Founded in 1969, the nationally respected gang intervention, violence prevention and…

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How Gun Violence Affects Chicago’s Youth

BUILD mentor Dominque ‘Domo’ Young appeared on Chicago Tonight with youth leader Indya Pinkard from Communities United and Strengthening Chicago’s Youth Communications and Community Outreach Manager Dion Mcgill, to discuss how gun violence affects the mental health of Chicago’s Youth. Learn more and watch their discussion at https://news.wttw.com/2022/06/07/how-gun-violence-affects-chicago-s-youth

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Community members protest against gun violence

Kaylah Ester, a student at Michele Clark Prep Magnet High School, marched Friday with at least 100 others to protest gun violence that occurs in Austin and throughout Chicago’s West Side. “It’s important because I feel children should have a future,” Kaylah said. So far this year, 48 shootings have been reported in Austin’s 15th Police…

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Outside the Loop Radio: Mobile Mental Health

Mental wellness is vitally important for all of us, especially our youth. Not everyone, however, has access to counseling or therapy services. BUILD Chicago is a community organization based in the Austin neighborhood and they have created the Mobile Mental Health Program. This program brings mental health services to Chicago neighborhoods, and it is quite…

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On The West Side, New Youth Hub Will Offer Space To Learn, Create And Grow: ‘Without Opportunity, A Community Can Lose Hope’

The new “youth and community hub” will allow BUILD to grow its programs for kids and teens that are “engaging them in community, bringing them in the sports and arts and music and food, providing mentors and safe spaces,” said Adam Alonso, the CEO of BUILD. Read the full article at https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/08/13/south-austin-youth-hub-breaks-ground-build/

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Austin’s youth resource center embarks on a huge expansion

In 2016, when gun violence was rising across the city and Austin was near the top of the list of most violent neighborhoods, BUILD Chicago board members realized they needed to create “a hub for kids,” with services in the neighborhoods most affected. A teen center and a wellness room for therapy services was created…

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African American leaders share stories of inspiration

BUILD Chicago will celebrate Black History Month this week with its annual The Black Table event. The virtual event – which runs from Monday, Feb. 21 through Friday, Feb. 25 – features African American leaders who will be sharing stories and reflections about their experiences, careers and how they hope to inspire young people. Read more…

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