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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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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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Chicago Shooting Survivors, In Their Own Words

By Daniel Perez | December 15, 2023

BUILD partnered with The Trace and help create a safe space for people who have experienced gun violence tell their stories. This collection is the…

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‘Giving Tuesday’ offers refresher after spend-heavy holidays

By Daniel Perez | December 1, 2023

After a weekend dedicated to “shop-til-you-drop” ethos, “Giving Tuesday” offers residents a chance to do something good in their communities, and NBC’s Kye Martin has…

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BMO and United Way partner up to support West Side students for Giving Tuesday

By Daniel Perez | November 28, 2023

CHICAGO – Hundreds of BMO employees gave their time and energy on Giving Tuesday, packing thousands of snack bags that will be distributed to school kids on Chicago’s…

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Bears, Amazon host youth organizations at Halas Hall

By Daniel Perez | November 9, 2023

Ahead of Thursday night’s game against the Panthers, the Bears partnered with Amazon to host over 40 students from two youth organizations – Youth Guidance’s…

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McDonald’s Relaunches Grant Program to Benefit Chicago-Based Youth Organizations

By Daniel Perez | November 9, 2023

In 2023, McDonald’s is deepening its commitment to 18 of the organizations ensuring that these partners have the resources to build skills and capacities of…

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Building Futures: How BUILD Chicago is Helping Austin’s Young People Thrive

By Daniel Perez | November 3, 2023

Located across the street from Austin’s Michelle Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School, BUILD Chicago’s new campus is open for youth from Chicago’s West Side as…

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Lundbeck US Charitable Fund Donates $1 Million to Two Chicagoland Organizations Improving Community Access to Health Care

By Daniel Perez | October 25, 2023

CommunityHealth and BUILD will use the funding to expand health care access, including mental and behavioral health care, for low-income adults and vulnerable youth DEERFIELD,…

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New Austin Mural Builds On Nonprofit’s Mission To Prevent Youth Violence

By Daniel Perez | October 16, 2023

AUSTIN — A West Side youth center unveiled a new mural last week and invited children in its program to create their own art project…

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