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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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TEENS SHARE INSPIRING STORIES, WIN SCHOLARSHIPS

May 16, 2018

They have overcome all sorts of challenges – parents divorcing, a father going to prison, multiple moves, bad grades, trouble paying rent and problems with peers. But that’s not what…

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THROUGH BUILD CHICAGO, YOUTH IMPACTED BY GANG LIFE FIND AN ALLY

May 16, 2018

By Brianna Bilter, Christopher Vazquez and Ben Schachter for MEDILL March 14, 2018 Max Cerda was only 16 years old when he watched two members of his rival gang fire…

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BUILD’S ‘BLACK TABLE’ HIGHLIGHTED IN THE CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

May 16, 2018

Read the Sun-Times article here Nearly 20 of the area’s most influential and successful African American leaders spent the afternoon sharing their experiences and tips for success with promising High…

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