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.
On behalf the entire BUILD community, we would like to sincerely thank everyone who attended and supported our 50th Anniversary Dinner Celebration. Nearly 800 guests joined us to recognize special honorees, former BUILDers who have been influential in BUILD's development and support the amazing youth who shared their personal journeys and their incredible stories of success.
To our friends and colleagues who joined us, supported us, assisted us and celebrated with us in person and in spirit, we thank you for making this the most successful gala ever and the beginning of our exciting journey to the next 50 years!
Grateful for youth trailblazers. Grateful for BUILD. Grateful for you. This holiday season, our 'Attitude of Gratitude' campaign is highlighting the people who have made BUILD a beacon of hope since 1969. As we prepare to celebrate 50 years of impact, BUILD Radio is capturing their stories. We are grateful for Jose Cebellero, Michael Johnson and Felipe Ortiz, who were youth participants during BUILD's infancy and later joined the team as adults. They are living proof that success is always possible. They shared their stories about gang life in the 1970's, the ways BUILD helped "erase invisible borders" in their neighborhoods, and the different ways BUILD helped them grow. Listen to the full interview here! Listen to this amazing trio of BUILDers on our “50 Years of Stories” podcast series.