The Donna Dudley Peace Project started back in the mid-80s as a softball league to attract gang involved youth to play against each other and form healthier, more accepting relationships with rival gang members.  After a year off due to the pandemic, the BUILD Peace League is back! And this summer it will continue to…

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Austin Has the Mic is a youth media partnership between BUILD, Austin Coming Together and Westside Health Authority. The aim of partnership is to use digital media platforms and podcasting to reclaim the narrative of the west side, and empower youth participants and community members with a platform to tell the positive stories that larger news outlets too often neglect. Check out the…

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Max Cerda spent over six years at BUILD working on the streets with at-risk young people, developing relationships, building trust and mentoring them to leave the gangs and make better choices. He invested countless hours of heartfelt effort immersed in what is essentially a lifesaving mission. Now he is leaving BUILD to embark on another chapter…

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In Chicago, another beneficiary of MBKA’s support is BUILD Inc. As one of Chicago’s leading gang intervention, violence prevention, and youth development organizations, BUILD (which stands for Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development) engages at-risk youth in schools and on the streets in order to help them fulfill their educational and career potential, as well as contribute…

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BUILD has always been about helping young people feel safe in schools. We are proud to be working alongside The ARK of St. Sabina, Mikva Challenge, Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE) and Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI) on finding better solutions for all Chicago Public Schools kids. Read more about our partnership…

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BUILD is proud to join Comcast and other community partners throughout the city to create safe places where youth can connect, learn and get the chance to succeed in school. Comcast announced BUILD this month as one of the initial 5 sites to establish WiFi-connected “Lift Zones” in Chicago. The telecomm company plans to provide robust WiFi connectivity at Lift Zone…

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By Sharon Hoyer StreetsBlog Chicago There’s a growing movement in Chicago towards large group bike rides in Black neighborhoods on the South and West sides with the goal of promoting public safety, wellness, and community unity. The Austin Peace Ride, which took place on Saturday morning in gorgeous weather, was a great example of that phenomenon. About 60 riders…

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