Since 1969, when we first hit the streets in Chicago’s West Town community as a gang intervention organization, our work has touched the lives of more than 100,000 young people.
Over the past five decades, BUILD has evolved in many ways:
- Adding violence prevention programs for younger children;
- Increasing support for college access and career success; and,
- Weaving the arts and healthy living into all of our work.
BUILD’s tradition of leadership continues today with generations of BUILD alumni succeeding in all walks of life, supporting their families, and providing leadership in their own communities.
As BUILD approaches our 50th Anniversary, we have a tremendous need and an exciting opportunity to shape the "BUILD 2.0" that will change countless lives for decades to come.
In the coming year leading up to BUILD's 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration at Navy Pier, we will share our greatest achievements, champion the relevance of BUILD's involvement for future generations, and share stories from staff, youth, and partners stretching across our first 50 years.
OUR SENSE OF HOPE IS CONTAGIOUS. OUR OPPORTUNITIES ARE BOUNDLESS. WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN BUILD ON OUR EXCITING PATH FORWARD.