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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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From Accessible Gathering Spaces to Educational Opportunities, Young Chicagoans Share Their Hopes for Brandon Johnson’s Administration

By Daniel Perez | May 16, 2023

The future of Chicago will be in the hands of Brandon Johnson.  Between choosing the city’s next police superintendent, a growing migrant crisis and concerns…

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Mayor Lightfoot gives farewell address at BUILD Headquarters

By Daniel Perez | May 10, 2023

On Monday, May 8, Mayor Lori Lightfoot gave her farewell address at BUILD Headquarters, where she reflected on her impactful leadership over the past years.…

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Columbia helps create state-of-the-art music studio on the West Side of city

By Daniel Perez | March 28, 2023

A renaissance is starting on the West Side of Chicago, and Columbia College Chicago is invested in making that happen. BUILD Chicago is a nonprofit…

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Austin Coming Together announces updates on multi-million dollar projects

By Daniel Perez | January 26, 2023

Austin Coming Together held its annual summit on Saturday to highlight successes and goals for the final year of the five-year quality-of-life plan. Over 200…

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Changing young West Side lives

By Daniel Perez | January 19, 2023

Oak Parker Alonso heads BUILD, a violence prevention program Although he took a detour from an initial plan to become a doctor, Adam Alonso is…

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Change Agents Podcast: Justice that Heals

By Daniel Perez | January 18, 2023

BUILD’s Peace & Justice Center was recently featured on Season 3 of the Change Agents Podcast. Justice that Heals, a piece about Restorative Justice practices in Chicago.…

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Ryan Poles, Bears Care host Scout School for Chicago students

By Daniel Perez | January 6, 2023

Bears general manager Ryan Poles and Bears Care hosted the organization’s first-ever Scout School Dec. 15, bringing students from BUILD Chicago to Halas Hall to…

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Adam Alonso honored as Bears’ Inspire Change Changemaker

By Daniel Perez | December 27, 2022

As Adam Alonso, CEO of BUILD Chicago, stood out on the turf at Soldier Field during halftime of the frigid Bears-Bills game last Saturday, he…

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New Community Campus Hopes to Bring Gathering Space, Activity Hub to Austin

By Daniel Perez | December 20, 2022

A massive community campus will soon welcome hundreds of kids and families from South and West Side neighborhoods.  It’s a major project the organization Broader Urban Involvement…

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‘It’s a Game Changer’: New Youth Community Center Set to Open on Chicago’s West Side

By Daniel Perez | November 30, 2022

A new youth and community center will soon open its doors on Chicago’s west side. It’s a major project by non-profit organization BUILD that could…

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Annual Turkey Bowl flag football takes over Chicago’s Columbus Park

By Daniel Perez | November 28, 2022

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without football. On Wednesday, some Chicago kids kicked off the holiday with a little friendly competition. The annual Turkey Bowl Flag…

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ABC7 Eyewitness News at 4: BUILD Turkey Bowl

By Daniel Perez | November 28, 2022

Check out ABC7’s Coverage of BUILD’s 8th Annual Turkey Bowl on Eyewitness News at 4pm – November 23, 2022.

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Cook County to invest in violence prevention programs in Austin, Chicago’s West Side

By Daniel Perez | September 9, 2022

Several Chicago’s West Side organizations – including BUILD Chicago, New Moms and Manufacturing Renaissance – will benefit from $75 million in funding from Cook County that will support programs working…

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