Coronavirus Update:

While crisis response and intervention teams will still answer calls, all regular programming is currently suspended through March 29th and our staff will be working remotely.







BUILD Supports Invest South West Initiative

By Daniel Perez | February 9, 2020

There was a lot of focus, excitement and intense conversation recently as organizations in Austin, Humboldt Park and North Lawndale came together to hear more…

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Celebrating The Life Of Martin Luther King Jr.

By Daniel Perez | January 23, 2020

BUILD staff, youth, neighborhood residents, the Chicago Police Department and several volunteers from Starbucks and Playworks came together on January 20 in celebration of the life…

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Can’t beat the Holiday Rush (University Medical Center)!

By Daniel Perez | December 17, 2019

As long as anyone can remember, the Finance Team at Rush University Medical Center have had an amazing annual tradition: an internal holiday giving drive…

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Fall Harvest Fest At BUILD

By Daniel Perez | October 22, 2019

Fall is such a beautiful time of year in Chicago, but it seemingly goes by in the blink of an eye. On October 19, we…

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BUILD Announces Kirsten Mallik as New Chief Development Officer

By Daniel Perez | September 23, 2019

Kirsten Mallik comes to BUILD with over fifteen years of experience supporting non-profit organizations, from communications and messaging to annual, major gift, and capital campaign…

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BUILD Celebrates Donor Appreciation Week

By Daniel Perez | September 13, 2019

This past week, we took time to honor and thank the people who make the mission of BUILD possible: our donors. Throughout Donor Appreciation Week,…

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Grapes for Good Wine Event

By Daniel Perez | September 11, 2019

We hope to see you at our 2019 Grapes For Good fundraiser at The Pillar Loft on October 24th. The tasting will support BUILD’s growth…

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“The Iris” Urban Agriculture Program Blossoms at BUILD

By Daniel Perez | September 10, 2019

Some young people spend their summers hanging out at the pool. Some head off to sleepaway camp. And some choose to immerse their sun soaked…

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BUILD CEO Named One of StreetWise’s 20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans for 2019

By Daniel Perez | August 12, 2019

BUILD Chicago is exceptionally proud to announce that CEO Adam Alonso has been named one of 2019’s 20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans by StreetWise magazine. “Since his arrival…

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Jovan Jones Peace Garden Dedication

By Daniel Perez | August 7, 2019

We want to thank our friends at Digmattix for generously donating their time, effort, and resources to make BUILD’s community garden even more spectacular. Not…

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Austin residents march, calling ‘peace up, guns down’ 

By Daniel Perez | June 21, 2024

Chants calling for peace filled Austin earlier this month during the Invest in Peace – March & Community Pop-up event organized by BUILD.   The march…

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Our Chicago: Keeping Children Safe & Youth Joblessness

By Daniel Perez | June 18, 2024

CHICAGO (WLS) — For 55 years Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development, known as BUILD, has dedicated its time to youth in Chicago. The West Side…

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Teens march to shine a light on National Gun Violence Awareness Day

By Daniel Perez | June 5, 2024

CHICAGO (CBS) — In Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, hundreds of people of all ages hit the streets. They’re marching to commemorate National Gun Violence Awareness Day, an annual…

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BUILD’s 4th conference shows impact of restorative justice

By Daniel Perez | June 4, 2024

BUILD’s programs have had a dramatic impact on the 2,100 youth it serves, data from the agency showed. Of them, 84% have stopped or reduced…

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Memorial Day celebrations come to Austin

By Daniel Perez | May 24, 2024

Memorial Day celebrations are coming to Austin this weekend with a three-day weekend event at BUILD’s Austin headquarters. From tug-of-war competitions and face painting, to…

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Bears accept Corporate Community BUILDer award at BUILD gala

By Daniel Perez | May 6, 2024

Since 2012, the Bears have fostered a strong partnership with one of Chicago’s leading gang intervention, violence prevention and youth development organizations, BUILD (Broader Urban…

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Anti-Violence Groups Look to Empower Chicago’s Youth to Become Leaders

By Daniel Perez | April 24, 2024

In the April 23 broadcast of Chicago Tonight’s “A Safer City” series, teens working to change the narrative around gun violence and local organizations empowering…

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Chicago Community Groups Look to Build Support Systems as Part of Violence Reduction Efforts

By Daniel Perez | March 11, 2024

More than 80% of Chicago’s homicides in 2023 were on the South and West sides, according to city data. A deeper look shows West Garfield…

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BUILD hosts annual Black Table luncheon

By Daniel Perez | February 19, 2024

CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago students got the chance to network with top professionals during the annual “BUILD the Black Table” event Monday. BUILD stands for…

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BUILD Chicago opens new office in Humboldt Park

By Daniel Perez | January 17, 2024

Martin Anguiano, Director of Community Engagement at BUILD, appeared on Fox 32 Chicago to discuss our services and plans for the Humboldt Park community with…

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