BUILD Executive Director interviews with The Crime Report

Chicago Violence Toll Tied to Poor Neighborhoods In an analysis of Chicago crime data, Axios reports that while the city’s homicide rate is not the highest in the U.S., Chicago has consistently had more total killings than any other U.S. city, with 27 people killed since the beginning of the month. Racial segregation, wealth inequality, gangs and…

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Blues Lights the Night in Hubbard Park with BUILD

“Betcha didn’t know hiphop came from the blues,” said the 60 year old bluesman to the school-age rapper Saturday in Hubbard Park. “No, I didn’t know, ” said the boy, who had just showed his talent for rhymes and responses. “You know now.” Generations did not seem so far apart as people of various ages…

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BUILD hosts Town hall to discuss creation of community court in Austin

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin hosted a town hall meeting Monday to gather community input on the creation of a community court in Austin. About 40 residents, local leaders, judges and several others discussed the functions of a community court and the logistics of how one could be established in the neighborhood at BUILD Chicago’s offices, 5100 W.…

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‘Let this boy make it’ BUILD Highlighted in the Washington Post

From his hospital bed, the eighth-grader was already plotting how to kill the kid who had put him there. It had been a month since Latee Smith’s 15th birthday and a week since a bullet blew a hole through his right hip, tearing into muscle and bone and leaving him bleeding on a sidewalk, terrified…

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Area groups look to cover West Side with positivity

AUSTIN WEEKLY NEWS: A local nonprofit is looking to blanket a portion of the West Side with positivity next month when it hosts its Summer of Opportunity on Aug. 17. The nonprofit BUILD Chicago (short for Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development), which focuses on gang intervention, youth development and violence prevention, recently partnered with…

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Hoops in the Hood Officially Kicks Off with Summer of Opportunity Event

Hoops in the Hood is about to have its biggest summer ever. The sports-based community safety initiative by LISC Chicago creates safe spaces for youth to interact and build positive relationships with peers and caring adults while making visible use of public spaces and fostering a sense of community. Over the last 12 years, it has positively impacted thousands…

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Chicago Anti-Gang Activists Say Facebook Is Used For Harm In Feuds

Gangs can do a lot of harm to a community. They’re a big factor in the gun violence problem in Chicago. Newsy’s Jay Strubberg interviewed two intervention specialists with BUILD Chicago. The group tries to stop young people from joining gangs by giving them resources to lead a better life. See Video Clip Here:

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Jovan Peace Garden in Austin built with help of ABC7, Disney volunteers

CHICAGO (WLS) — Employees from Disney and ABC7 came together for a global week of volunteer service. Several ABC7 colleagues are volunteering Thursday help build the Jovan Peace Garden at Build INC youth center in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood. The garden is named for the son of a Build INC staff member who died from the…

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