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‘Let this boy make it’ BUILD Highlighted in the Washington Post

By Daniel Perez | June 28, 2018

From his hospital bed, the eighth-grader was already plotting how to kill the kid who had put him there. It had been a month since…

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Area groups look to cover West Side with positivity

By Daniel Perez | June 28, 2018

AUSTIN WEEKLY NEWS: A local nonprofit is looking to blanket a portion of the West Side with positivity next month when it hosts its Summer…

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Hoops in the Hood Officially Kicks Off with Summer of Opportunity Event

By Daniel Perez | June 28, 2018

Hoops in the Hood is about to have its biggest summer ever. The sports-based community safety initiative by LISC Chicago creates safe spaces for youth…

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Chicago Anti-Gang Activists Say Facebook Is Used For Harm In Feuds

By Daniel Perez | June 12, 2018

Gangs can do a lot of harm to a community. They’re a big factor in the gun violence problem in Chicago. Newsy’s Jay Strubberg interviewed…

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Jovan Peace Garden in Austin built with help of ABC7, Disney volunteers

By Daniel Perez | June 12, 2018

CHICAGO (WLS) — Employees from Disney and ABC7 came together for a global week of volunteer service. Several ABC7 colleagues are volunteering Thursday help build…

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TEENS SHARE INSPIRING STORIES, WIN SCHOLARSHIPS

By neonadmin | May 16, 2018

They have overcome all sorts of challenges – parents divorcing, a father going to prison, multiple moves, bad grades, trouble paying rent and problems with…

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THROUGH BUILD CHICAGO, YOUTH IMPACTED BY GANG LIFE FIND AN ALLY

By neonadmin | May 16, 2018

By Brianna Bilter, Christopher Vazquez and Ben Schachter for MEDILL March 14, 2018 Max Cerda was only 16 years old when he watched two members…

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BUILD’S ‘BLACK TABLE’ HIGHLIGHTED IN THE CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

By neonadmin | May 16, 2018

Read the Sun-Times article here Nearly 20 of the area’s most influential and successful African American leaders spent the afternoon sharing their experiences and tips…

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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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