Building Futures: How BUILD Chicago is Helping Austin’s Young People Thrive

Located across the street from Austin’s Michelle Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School, BUILD Chicago’s new campus is open for youth from Chicago’s West Side as a place to explore interests, make friends, and simply be kids.

BUILD staff and supporters were warmly joined by community members, local elected officials, and other partners to celebrate the new space, a first-of-its-kind in South Austin, “This [building] is the realization of your investment and your belief that all youth deserve to thrive,” said CEO Adam Alonso.

Complete with several features, including a full-sized gym, art and music studios, and the “Soul Center,” the heart of BUILD’s community mental health programs, the new 51,000-square-foot campus serves as a home base for staff members and their violence prevention work, which allows BUILD to expand their capacity and programming in the Austin community. 

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