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BUILD Celebrates 40th Annual Peace League All-Star Game

By Daniel Perez | August 20, 2018

It was a hot day at the ballpark on August 2 when BUILD celebrated its 40th edition of the Peace League Softball All-Star Game. The tradition lived on at Little Cubs Field in Humboldt Park this year and served as the culmination of BUILD’s summer long softball league, known as…

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BUILD Executive Director interviews with The Crime Report

By Daniel Perez | August 15, 2018

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…

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BUILD’s Executive Director, Adam Alonso brings fresh ideas to reach Chicago’s youth through sports

By Daniel Perez | August 7, 2018

At age 24, Adam Alonso realized his calling. It was a chance encounter in 1995. Alonso was working at Casa Central, which used the basement of Vida Nueva church near Kelvyn Park. One day, a 15-year-old showed up to the church looking for the pastor. He wasn’t there. Alonso was.…

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BUILD’s Summer Peace League Featured in the More in Common Show

By Daniel Perez | July 25, 2018

In one of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods, ex-gang members and police officers now play friendly games of softball together in this summer’s Peace League by BUILD Chicago. “It brings us closer to each other.”   Watch entire video here

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Blues Lights the Night in Hubbard Park with BUILD

By Daniel Perez | July 25, 2018

“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…

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

By Daniel Perez | July 25, 2018

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…

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

By Daniel Perez | June 28, 2018

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…

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Area groups look to cover West Side with positivity

By Daniel Perez | June 28, 2018

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…

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

By Daniel Perez | June 28, 2018

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,…

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

By Daniel Perez | June 12, 2018

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.…

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

By Daniel Perez | June 12, 2018

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…

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TEENS SHARE INSPIRING STORIES, WIN SCHOLARSHIPS

By neonadmin | May 16, 2018

They have overcome all sorts of challenges – parents divorcing, a father going to prison, multiple moves, bad grades, trouble paying rent and problems with peers. But that’s not what stood out on a recent Thursday night at the headquarters of BUILD, a nonprofit that works with young people in Austin…

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