News & Events


Comcast Selects BUILD As One Of Five Initial “Lift Zone” Chicago Partners

September 25, 2020

BUILD is proud to join Comcast and other community partners throughout the city to create safe places where youth can connect, learn and get the chance to succeed in school.…

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The Austin Peace Ride puts “eyes and feet on the street” to promote safety and positivity—StreetsBlog Chicago

September 24, 2020

By Sharon Hoyer StreetsBlog Chicago There’s a growing movement in Chicago towards large group bike rides in Black neighborhoods on the South and West sides with the goal of promoting public safety, wellness, and…

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BUILD’s Rosa Rios recognized by the Chicago Blackhawks “Community Heroes” Spotlight Series

September 16, 2020

The Blackhawks and Mesirow Financial salute Rosa Rios for her commitment to helping youth and families suffering from gang-related crises.

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BUILD’s 2020 SUMMER SHOWCASE

August 26, 2020

This summer, in collaboration with One Summer Chicago and After School Matters, BUILD hired over 200 teens into good-paying, virtual summer jobs. Youth were engaged in programs covering civic engagement,…

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West Side group hosts summer camp, offers kids safe space—AustinTalks, Austin Weekly News

August 26, 2020

By Zach Cunning AustinTalks BUILD Chicago has been hosting a summer camp in Austin for youth from kindergarten to 8th with enrichment activities, peace circles, basketball and volleyball – and…

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Young Aspiring Chicago Filmmakers Organize Worldscene Virtual Film Festival – ABC7

June 2, 2020

By Hosea Sanders ABC7 Chicago CHICAGO (WLS) — Young filmmakers from around the world are sharing their work through a virtual film festival. The event has been put together by…

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WorldScene Film Festival Features Free Short Films From Around The World — And It Was Curated By West Side Teens

June 2, 2020

By Pascal Sabino Block Club Chicago AUSTIN — A virtual film festival developed by young people on the West Side will showcase eight short films from around the world, including…

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BUILD’s Virtual Film Festival featured on WGN Morning News

June 2, 2020

Thank you Larry Potash, WGN TV, Chicago Department of Family and Support Services and our partners at International Children’s Media Center for supporting such an inspiring series of films. Watch the spot at: https://www.facebook.com/LarryPotash/videos/549592485929767/

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“The Iris” Urban Agriculture Program Blossoms at BUILD

September 10, 2019

Some young people spend their summers hanging out at the pool. Some head off to sleepaway camp. And some choose to immerse their sun soaked days in learning a lost…

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BUILD CEO Named One of StreetWise’s 20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans for 2019

August 12, 2019

BUILD Chicago is exceptionally proud to announce that CEO Adam Alonso has been named one of 2019’s 20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans by StreetWise magazine. “Since his arrival at BUILD in March 2015, Adam…

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