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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Reducing Violence Through Community Events

As Memorial Day weekend kicked off, BUILD was out in the Austin community working to reduce the violence. On Friday May 24, BUILD, along with other organizations, held a community pop-up event at Friendship Baptist Church as part of the mayor’s “Our City, Our Safety” initiative. “The spirit and enthusiasm you all are exhibiting here…

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BUILD awarded Project Innovation grant from Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation

We’d like to share some great news! We are proud to announce that BUILD is a winner of The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation’s 2019 Project Innovation Grant Challenge. The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation is granting nearly $2.5 million this year to non-profits that are strengthening communities through innovative solutions. By winning this competitive grant, we hope to…

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50th Annual Gala Was a Night to Remember

It was a record-breaking evening at BUILD’s 50th Annual Gala on Friday May 3 – we raised $1,061,970, the most in the history of the event. The milestone celebration was held at Navy Pier’s Aon Grand Ballroom, and all proceeds will go towards supporting BUILD’s youth programs. During the dinner, BUILD youth dazzled the audience with…

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BUILD’s 9th Annual Public Speaking Contest

We couldn’t be prouder of our young people for sharing their emotional and heartfelt stories of success during our 9th Annual Public Speaking Contest. We awarded over $2,500 in scholarship prizes and the participants will have a speaking opportunity at our 50th Annual Gala on May 3, 2019 at Navy Pier! We would like to…

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BUILDing Futures: College Visits

At BUILD, we understand the importance of an education. We also want our young people to understand the impact that an education can make in their lives. Our education component, BUILDing Futures, helps our youth see themselves as college bound students firsthand when they attend college tours, not only in Illinois, but around the country.…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Lauretta

Our friends at Starbucks recently came out to spend a beautiful Saturday morning volunteering at BUILD. They helped us with some much needed painting, cleaning the grounds where our kids play and prepping our Iris Garden for the spring. For Starbucks Store Manager Lauretta Williams, it was her fourth time volunteering at BUILD.   Lauretta…

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Sharing Wisdom At The Black Cafe

In continuing our celebration of Black History Month, we held our first ever Black Café event on February 18. Building off the momentum from the Black Table just a couple weeks earlier, the Black Café once again gave our youth the chance to engage with successful African American leaders and learn about their different paths…

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Celebrating African-American Success at Black Table 2019

We started Black History Month off strong at BUILD by celebrating our 3rdAnnual Black Table Luncheon. Hosted at ABC7 studios in Chicago, this event gave African-American teens a chance to sit and eat lunch with accomplished African-American leaders and learn about their different paths to success.   The day began with BUILD CEO Adam Alonso…

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MLK Day of Service

It was a bitter cold day in Chicago on January 21, and though many had the day off of work and school, over 100 youth and community members chose to make it a day on at Christ the King College Prep in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   BUILD’s MLK Day of Service…

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