BUILD's Annual Gala:

BUILD the Future

Friday May 5 2023, Navy Pier

Each spring, friends, sponsors, community leaders, and young storytellers all come together to support the fight for a better future.

Join this crucial celebration of the progress we can make together, how we can help Chicago’s most threatened youth feel safe, empowered, and loved. Get inspired by last year’s photos and videos, explore how you can get involved.

Hear BUILD Youth Voices tell their stories

Distinguished Alumni Award: Anthony Bush  

Our first-ever Alumni Honoree, Anthony Bush was told by the FBI he wouldn't live past 16 - now he has a successful career on Washington DC's Capitol Hill in bank policy reform.

Youth Speaker:
Zaire McNeil 

Zaire (17) overcame isolation, fear, and the extreme pressures of home to explore several BUILD programs, develop her own identity, and make plans for the future.

Youth Speaker: Uriel Guzman  

Uriel (20) first joined gangs to support his mother - but after too many brutal losses, he found help and a way out with his mentor Felix.

Thank you to Last Year's Sponsors!