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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 tradition promoting peace and community. There were roughly 200 participants, most of whom were teens from the community. All of them donned orange, all part…


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 incidents of fighting and 61% of those in gangs left them or are in the process of leaving them within the last year. And 14%…


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 Brazilian dance and hip-hop performances, the event is for all ages.  The Invest in Peace Memorial Day Weekend event, hosted by the The Broader Urban Involvement…


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 Involvement & Leadership Development). Through after school activities, summer camps, mental health care, educational support and a sense of community, BUILD reaches over 6,500 youth…


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 youth discuss the intersection of gun violence and teens. Watch the full show here.


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 Park with 48 homicides and nearby community areas not far behind. Local organizations are focusing on those areas in an effort to work directly with…


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 Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development. ABC7 Chicago’s Jasmine Minor emceed Monday’s luncheon. Obstacles fell to the wayside, and dreams became possible at the eighth…


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 our new facility at 1750 N Kimball Ave! Watch the full segment from Fox 32’s Youtube page here.


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 of unity.   Organizers say the message behind the gathering was too important to cancel.   “In Chicago, the cold weather doesn’t stop us,” said regional manager…


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 value mentoring and BUILD’s prevention work. Watch the full interview on the WGN9 website by clicking here.


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 result. Read the full article from The Trace here.


‘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 the story.


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