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Watch BUILD’s CEO Adam Alonso on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight”

By Daniel Perez | June 22, 2021
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Cubs Charities Grant Supports BUILD Peace Softball League.

By Daniel Perez | June 4, 2021

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…

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BUILD’s Chief Program Officer Featured on ABC7’s “Our Chicago” Series

By Benjy Wax | June 2, 2021

Chief Program Officer, Andres Alvear, talks with ABC7 Chicago’s Judy Hsu about what BUILD is doing to stop the violence in our communities and create safe and meaningful summer opportunities for our young people. Watch the segment here.

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Austin Has the Mic! Youth Reporters Share Community Stories

By Daniel Perez | April 26, 2021

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…

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Max Cerda Appointed to the IDOC Prisoner Review Board

By Benjy Wax | April 8, 2021

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…

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In the Fight for Black and Brown Lives, the Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Has Answered the Call

By Daniel Perez | February 9, 2021

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…

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BUILD Chicago helping CPS find alternative method to police in schools

By Daniel Perez | February 9, 2021

Juan Villalobos of BUILD Chicago talks about what they’re doing to integrate alternative methods of policing in Chicago Public Schools. See the interview here:

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BUILD Joins Partner Organizations to Design Safety Alternatives for CPS

By Benjy Wax | January 31, 2021

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.…

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Comcast Selects BUILD As One Of Five Initial “Lift Zone” Chicago Partners

By Benjy Wax | September 25, 2020

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…

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The Austin Peace Ride puts “eyes and feet on the street” to promote safety and positivity—StreetsBlog Chicago

By Benjy Wax | September 24, 2020

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…

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BUILD’s Rosa Rios recognized by the Chicago Blackhawks “Community Heroes” Spotlight Series

By Benjy Wax | September 16, 2020

The Blackhawks and Mesirow Financial salute Rosa Rios for her commitment to helping youth and families suffering from gang-related crises.

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BUILD’s 2020 SUMMER SHOWCASE

By Benjy Wax | August 26, 2020

This summer, in collaboration with One Summer Chicago and After School Matters, BUILD hired over 200 teens into good-paying, virtual summer jobs. Youth were engaged in programs covering civic engagement, gardening, cooking, jewelry-making and entrepreneurship, performing arts, digital media, and journalism. We may not have been allowed to come together…

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