News & Events


“Summer of Opportunity” Street Festival Unites Austin

August 21, 2018

BUILD’s second annual Summer of Opportunity street festival was a great success as more than 2,500 Austin residents, community leaders, anti-violence groups and community organizations came together for an exciting…

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BUILD highlighted on WGN’s “Chicago’s Merry Own”

December 4, 2018

WGN’s “Chicago’s Merry Own” segment recently featured BUILD community social worker Olivia Santiago! Watch the video here as Olivia shares her experience at BUILD’s holiday gathering where we are able…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Alex

November 29, 2018

BUILD was not the organization Alex Rasky had in mind when he began searching for volunteer opportunities in 2016. He was seeking an opportunity that would allow him to ply…

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BUILD Wins Obama Foundation My Brother’s Keeper Grant

November 16, 2018

BUILD is honored and grateful to have been awarded a prestigious Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Community Challenge Seed Grant – one of five grants in Chicago and 19 nationwide. Our Apprentice Mentor Program (AMP) will train…

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BUILDing Strong Young Women

September 25, 2018

“It’s not safe like it used to be,” Keshayla said of growing up in of Chicago. “It’s like everybody’s just dying and getting killed.” At 19, she has experienced the…

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BUILD Chicago’s Female Mentoring Program Highlighted in NBC 5’s “Making a Difference” Series

August 29, 2018

“Local Program Helps Empower Teens To Escape Community Violence” BUILD Chicago is an organization that helps empower at-risk youth in the Chicago area, helping thousands of teens escape the violence…

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BUILD Wins $1 Million Grant from MacArthur Foundation

August 27, 2018

BUILD is proud to be part of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation‘s $26 million strategy. Thriving communities require strong, resilient, generative, and compassionate organizations that are tackling…

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Decrease in Austin homicides credited to community involvement

August 22, 2018

Once it was a hot spot for gun violence and drug trafficking, but now Hubbard Park is teeming with drum circles, barbecues and community bonding. What’s happening at Hubbard Park is happening…

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No Summer Sliding at BUILD

August 20, 2018

When the final bell of the school year rings, some kids flip the switch and power down their brains until autumn – the dreaded “summer slide” sets in. Nine months…

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BUILD Celebrates 40th Annual Peace League All-Star Game

August 20, 2018

It was a hot day at the ballpark on August 2 when BUILD celebrated its 40th edition of the Peace League Softball All-Star Game. The tradition lived on at Little…

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