News & Events


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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“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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Former gang member discusses why young people turn to gangs

September 17, 2021

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…

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BUILDing Futures Youth Attend Legal Boot Camp

August 9, 2021

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…

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BUILD in the NEWS: The Importance of Intervention when it Comes to Preventing Youth Violence

June 24, 2021

BUILD Director of Community Engagement, Juan Villalobos discussed the importance of intervention in preventing youth violence after two neighborhood shootings over the weekend. Watch HERE.

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BUILD Responds to President Biden’s Plan to Tackle Gun Violence in Chicago.

June 24, 2021
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Watch BUILD’s CEO Adam Alonso on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight”

June 22, 2021
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Cubs Charities Grant Supports BUILD Peace Softball League.

June 4, 2021

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…

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