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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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“Summer of Opportunity” Street Festival Unites Austin

By Daniel Perez | August 21, 2018

BUILD’s second annual Summer of Opportunity street festival was a great success as more than 2,500 Austin residents, community leaders, anti-violence groups and community organizations…

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No Summer Sliding at BUILD

By Daniel Perez | August 20, 2018

When the final bell of the school year rings, some kids flip the switch and power down their brains until autumn – the dreaded “summer…

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BUILD Celebrates 40th Annual Peace League All-Star Game

By Daniel Perez | August 20, 2018

It was a hot day at the ballpark on August 2 when BUILD celebrated its 40th edition of the Peace League Softball All-Star Game. The…

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BUILD Executive Director interviews with The Crime Report

By Daniel Perez | August 15, 2018

Chicago Violence Toll Tied to Poor Neighborhoods In an analysis of Chicago crime data, Axios reports that while the city’s homicide rate is not the highest in…

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BUILD’s Executive Director, Adam Alonso brings fresh ideas to reach Chicago’s youth through sports

By Daniel Perez | August 7, 2018

At age 24, Adam Alonso realized his calling. It was a chance encounter in 1995. Alonso was working at Casa Central, which used the basement…

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BUILD’s Summer Peace League Featured in the More in Common Show

By Daniel Perez | July 25, 2018

In one of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods, ex-gang members and police officers now play friendly games of softball together in this summer’s Peace League by BUILD…

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Blues Lights the Night in Hubbard Park with BUILD

By Daniel Perez | July 25, 2018

“Betcha didn’t know hiphop came from the blues,” said the 60 year old bluesman to the school-age rapper Saturday in Hubbard Park. “No, I didn’t…

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BUILD hosts Town hall to discuss creation of community court in Austin

By Daniel Perez | July 25, 2018

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin hosted a town hall meeting Monday to gather community input on the creation of a community court in Austin. About 40…

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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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