Former gang member discusses why young people turn to gangs

Carlos Vega is a former gang member who served 14 years in prison. Since he turned his life around, he’s been on mission to stop other young people from going down the same path. Vega is an intervention navigator for BUILD Chicago. The nonprofit, based on the West Side, focuses on high-risk youth. Vega said…

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BUILDing Futures Youth Attend Legal Boot Camp

This summer the young people in BUILD’s Building Futures Program are participating in a law internship and legal boot camp with Ropes & Gray LLP.  So far, they have been introduced to corporate legal, injunction hearings, panel discussions, and a speaker series. In addition to learning how to use their skills and the law to solve problems,…

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Cubs Charities Grant Supports BUILD Peace Softball League.

The Donna Dudley Peace Project started back in the mid-80s as a softball league to attract gang involved youth to play against each other and form healthier, more accepting relationships with rival gang members.  After a year off due to the pandemic, the BUILD Peace League is back! And this summer it will continue to…

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Austin Has the Mic! Youth Reporters Share Community Stories

Austin Has the Mic is a youth media partnership between BUILD, Austin Coming Together and Westside Health Authority. The aim of partnership is to use digital media platforms and podcasting to reclaim the narrative of the west side, and empower youth participants and community members with a platform to tell the positive stories that larger news outlets too often neglect. Check out the…

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In the Fight for Black and Brown Lives, the Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Has Answered the Call

In Chicago, another beneficiary of MBKA’s support is BUILD Inc. As one of Chicago’s leading gang intervention, violence prevention, and youth development organizations, BUILD (which stands for Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development) engages at-risk youth in schools and on the streets in order to help them fulfill their educational and career potential, as well as contribute…

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A DIY Mother’s Day Gift is The Most Thoughtful Way to Say “I Love You”

This year’s Mother’s Day was quite different for all of us. BUILD’s Intervention Specialist and Restoring Individuals through Supportive Environments (R.I.S.E.) mentor Pablo Galvez thought long and hard about how to keep the Mother’s day tradition that he and his group would host for moms every year. See the video here! What Pablo decided to do to keep…

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