BUILD Announces Kirstin Mallik as New Chief Development Officer

Kirsten Mallik comes to BUILD with over fifteen years of experience supporting non-profit organizations, from communications and messaging to annual, major gift, and capital campaign fundraising. She joins an active team of writers, advocates, and fundraisers working to sustain the rapid growth of BUILD’s violence intervention and youth development programs. Prior to joining BUILD, she…

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BUILD Celebrates Donor Appreciation Week

This past week, we took time to honor and thank the people who make the mission of BUILD possible: our donors. Throughout Donor Appreciation Week, we highlighted the support of donors like Alicia and Robert, who discovered BUILD through an online search and decided to get involved. And Sarah, a Chicago native who is a…

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Grapes for Good Wine Event

We hope to see you at our 2019 Grapes For Good fundraiser at The Pillar Loft on October 24th. The tasting will support BUILD’s growth and new innovative programs, including our STEAM and clinical programs! Cost is $50.00 per person. 100% of your donation will support BUILD’s programs for youth! Purchase your tickets today! Learn…

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“The Iris” Urban Agriculture Program Blossoms at BUILD

Some young people spend their summers hanging out at the pool. Some head off to sleepaway camp. And some choose to immerse their sun soaked days in learning a lost art⁠—growing your own food. BUILD’s “The Iris” urban agriculture initiative started off as small garden project, a medium to teach young people a new and…

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BUILD CEO Named One of StreetWise’s 20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans for 2019

BUILD Chicago is exceptionally proud to announce that CEO Adam Alonso has been named one of 2019’s 20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans by StreetWise magazine. “Since his arrival at BUILD in March 2015, Adam has catalyzed dramatic growth of BUILD’s programs, community leadership role, and impact. By rapidly developing and launching new initiatives—including the Block 51 Arts Academy, BUILDing…

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Jovan Jones Peace Garden Dedication

We want to thank our friends at Digmattix for generously donating their time, effort, and resources to make BUILD’s community garden even more spectacular. Not only did they help build the garden out, but they made some amazing additions, like a fire pit and brand new benches.    We were honored to have Digmattix on…

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BUILD Announces Siobhan Sanders as New Board Chair

BUILD’s boards of directors have nominated Siobhan Sanders to become the next board chair, and she officially assumed the position on July 1, 2019. Siobhan Sanders has been a member of BUILD’s board of directors since 2012.  Commenting on her appointment, Ms. Sanders said: “I joined the board because of the kids – I have…

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Summer of Opportunity Brings Austin Together

Our third annual Summer of Opportunity festival was a great success as nearly 3,000 people came out to celebrate the Austin community on June 28 and 29. The energy was palpable all weekend thanks to a parade, live music, food trucks, carnival rides, games, basketball tournaments, and of course, an abundance of opportunity.   We…

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BUILD Participates in Race Against Gun Violence

On June 6, BUILD youth and staff put on their running shoes and headed to Grant Park for the Race Against Gun Violence. Nearly 2,000 people participated in an 8k, 5k, or 2-mile walk in an effort to create awareness about gun violence and bring peace to the city of Chicago. The race was hosted…

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BUILD CEO Speaks Out On Memorial Day Violence

We appreciate WBBM Newsradio for keeping the important discussion of positive summer programs in the headlines. BUILD is focused and ready to ramp up our community engagement in the coming weeks and months to help make this summer fun and safe for all. Listen to BUILD’s CEO Adam Alonso as he speaks with WBBM Radio about…

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