News & Events


BUILD Executive Director interviews with The Crime Report

August 15, 2018

Chicago Violence Toll Tied to Poor Neighborhoods In an analysis of Chicago crime data, Axios reports that while the city’s homicide rate is not the highest in the U.S., Chicago has consistently…

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BUILD’s Executive Director, Adam Alonso brings fresh ideas to reach Chicago’s youth through sports

August 7, 2018

At age 24, Adam Alonso realized his calling. It was a chance encounter in 1995. Alonso was working at Casa Central, which used the basement of Vida Nueva church near…

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BUILD’s Summer Peace League Featured in the More in Common Show

July 25, 2018

In one of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods, ex-gang members and police officers now play friendly games of softball together in this summer’s Peace League by BUILD Chicago. “It brings us closer…

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Blues Lights the Night in Hubbard Park with BUILD

July 25, 2018

“Betcha didn’t know hiphop came from the blues,” said the 60 year old bluesman to the school-age rapper Saturday in Hubbard Park. “No, I didn’t know, ” said the boy,…

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BUILD hosts Town hall to discuss creation of community court in Austin

July 25, 2018

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin hosted a town hall meeting Monday to gather community input on the creation of a community court in Austin. About 40 residents, local leaders, judges and…

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‘Let this boy make it’ BUILD Highlighted in the Washington Post

June 28, 2018

From his hospital bed, the eighth-grader was already plotting how to kill the kid who had put him there. It had been a month since Latee Smith’s 15th birthday and…

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Area groups look to cover West Side with positivity

June 28, 2018

AUSTIN WEEKLY NEWS: A local nonprofit is looking to blanket a portion of the West Side with positivity next month when it hosts its Summer of Opportunity on Aug. 17.…

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Hoops in the Hood Officially Kicks Off with Summer of Opportunity Event

June 28, 2018

Hoops in the Hood is about to have its biggest summer ever. The sports-based community safety initiative by LISC Chicago creates safe spaces for youth to interact and build positive…

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Chicago Anti-Gang Activists Say Facebook Is Used For Harm In Feuds

June 12, 2018

Gangs can do a lot of harm to a community. They’re a big factor in the gun violence problem in Chicago. Newsy’s Jay Strubberg interviewed two intervention specialists with BUILD…

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Jovan Peace Garden in Austin built with help of ABC7, Disney volunteers

June 12, 2018

CHICAGO (WLS) — Employees from Disney and ABC7 came together for a global week of volunteer service. Several ABC7 colleagues are volunteering Thursday help build the Jovan Peace Garden at…

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A Bike Ride For Peace

08/25/2018