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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.

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MLK Day of Service

By Daniel Perez | January 22, 2019

It was a bitter cold day in Chicago on January 21, and though many had the day off of work and school, over 100 youth…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Haku

By Daniel Perez | January 9, 2019

At BUILD, we are grateful to those who generously donate their time and efforts to help us create better communities. The service our volunteers provide…

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Trees of Hope Spread Holiday Spirit

By Daniel Perez | December 19, 2018

It’s the holiday season and all through the city, bright and colorful decorations illuminate the streets. At BUILD, we are spreading the holiday spirit with…

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BUILD highlighted on WGN’s “Chicago’s Merry Own”

By Daniel Perez | December 4, 2018

WGN’s “Chicago’s Merry Own” segment recently featured BUILD community social worker Olivia Santiago! Watch the video here as Olivia shares her experience at BUILD’s holiday…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Alex

By Daniel Perez | November 29, 2018

BUILD was not the organization Alex Rasky had in mind when he began searching for volunteer opportunities in 2016. He was seeking an opportunity that…

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BUILD Wins Obama Foundation My Brother’s Keeper Grant

By Daniel Perez | November 16, 2018

BUILD is honored and grateful to have been awarded a prestigious Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Community Challenge Seed Grant – one of five grants in Chicago and 19…

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BUILDing Strong Young Women

By Daniel Perez | September 25, 2018

“It’s not safe like it used to be,” Keshayla said of growing up in of Chicago. “It’s like everybody’s just dying and getting killed.” At…

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BUILD Chicago’s Female Mentoring Program Highlighted in NBC 5’s “Making a Difference” Series

By Daniel Perez | August 29, 2018

“Local Program Helps Empower Teens To Escape Community Violence” BUILD Chicago is an organization that helps empower at-risk youth in the Chicago area, helping thousands…

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BUILD Wins $1 Million Grant from MacArthur Foundation

By Daniel Perez | August 27, 2018

BUILD is proud to be part of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation‘s $26 million strategy. Thriving communities require strong, resilient, generative, and…

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Decrease in Austin homicides credited to community involvement

By Daniel Perez | August 22, 2018

Once it was a hot spot for gun violence and drug trafficking, but now Hubbard Park is teeming with drum circles, barbecues and community bonding. What’s happening…

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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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Amid one of Chicago’s coldest days, warmth in unity at MLK Day event on West Side

By Daniel Perez | January 15, 2024

CHICAGO — Despite freezing temperatures, hundreds of kids participated in workshops and indoor activities Monday on the city’s West Side, all part of a day…

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BUILDing Boys 2 Men: Providing Mentorship and Counseling to Local Youth

By Daniel Perez | January 12, 2024

BUILDers Howard Brown and Richard Grundy, who work with youth in our BUILDing Boys 2 Men program, visited the set of Daytime Chicago to talk about the…

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