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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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New mural at BUILD showcases Austin youth’s passion and determination

By Daniel Perez | October 13, 2023

When young people arrive at BUILD’s South Austin campus, they will see faces resembling theirs on the new mural at the northwest corner of its…

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As migrant populations increase and change, BUILD pivots to cope 

By Daniel Perez | October 6, 2023

An influx of new arrivals in Chicago has driven BUILD Chicago to aid dozens more asylum-seekers sheltered at local police stations.   Last week, around 45…

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Momentum Coffee Opens Fifth Location In Austin

By Daniel Perez | August 30, 2023

AUSTIN — A local Black-owned coffee chain has opened its fifth location in Austin. The newest branch of Momentum Coffee opened last week inside BUILD Inc.’s West…

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Family of 8, including 6 children, live out of a van in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood

By Daniel Perez | August 29, 2023

For many families in the Chicago area, finding a permanent place to live can be a real struggle. Such is the case for Alicia, her…

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Triathlon training program aims to level playing field for young Chicagoans

By Daniel Perez | August 25, 2023

Francisco Arenas, director of intervention for BUILD, partnered with Live Grit Soars this year as a part of a city violence prevention grant focused on…

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Chicago events get kids ready to go back to school as summer winds down

By Daniel Perez | August 14, 2023

CHICAGO (WLS) — Events around the city of Chicago are trying to soften the blow of the end of summer by getting kids excited to go…

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Join movie screening on food justice at West Side farm

By Daniel Perez | July 17, 2023

In “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” film director Shirah Dedman explores the Black food justice movement in a 60-minute documentary. On July 19, a collaborative group…

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Chicagoans call for an end to gun violence on ‘Wear Orange Day’

By Daniel Perez | June 5, 2023

More than 200 people have been shot and killed in Chicago, so far this year. Friday is Wear Orange Day, which supports “National Gun Violence Awareness…

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Chicago’s ‘Wear Orange Peace March’ honors National Gun Violence Awareness Day

By Daniel Perez | June 5, 2023

CHICAGO (CBS) — The color orange is taking over in one Chicago neighborhood.  The Wear Orange Peace March hit the streets in South Austin Friday afternoon.…

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Our Chicago: BUILD Chicago & Think Outside Da Block

By Daniel Perez | June 5, 2023

CHICAGO (WLS) — Since 1969, BUILD Chicago has been working with young people in some of the city’s most challenged neighborhoods. Based on the city’s West…

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