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Join movie screening on food justice at West Side farm

By Daniel Perez | July 17, 2023

In “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” film director Shirah Dedman explores the Black food justice movement in a 60-minute documentary. On July 19, a collaborative group of community-based partners and organizations under the flag of Austin Eats brings a free screening of the film to the Austin neighborhood.   The film connects…

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Chicagoans call for an end to gun violence on ‘Wear Orange Day’

By Daniel Perez | June 5, 2023

More than 200 people have been shot and killed in Chicago, so far this year. Friday is Wear Orange Day, which supports “National Gun Violence Awareness Day.” It started after the senseless death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton in 2013. Since then, “Wear Orange Day” has happened on her birthday — June…

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Chicago’s ‘Wear Orange Peace March’ honors National Gun Violence Awareness Day

By Daniel Perez | June 5, 2023

CHICAGO (CBS) — The color orange is taking over in one Chicago neighborhood.  The Wear Orange Peace March hit the streets in South Austin Friday afternoon. Neighbors and elected officials rallied in honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed by gang members in 2013. Her death helped…

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Our Chicago: BUILD Chicago & Think Outside Da Block

By Daniel Perez | June 5, 2023

CHICAGO (WLS) — Since 1969, BUILD Chicago has been working with young people in some of the city’s most challenged neighborhoods. Based on the city’s West Side, BUILD is a gang intervention, violence prevention and youth development organization. “We’re always in the business of finding out what our young people need…

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From Accessible Gathering Spaces to Educational Opportunities, Young Chicagoans Share Their Hopes for Brandon Johnson’s Administration

By Daniel Perez | May 16, 2023

The future of Chicago will be in the hands of Brandon Johnson.  Between choosing the city’s next police superintendent, a growing migrant crisis and concerns about crime as summer approaches, he has a long list of priorities before he even takes office.  For young people in the city, the start…

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Mayor Lightfoot gives farewell address at BUILD Headquarters

By Daniel Perez | May 10, 2023

On Monday, May 8, Mayor Lori Lightfoot gave her farewell address at BUILD Headquarters, where she reflected on her impactful leadership over the past years. BUILD was honored to host this event and thank Mayor Lightfoot for her dedication to Chicago’s West Side. Check out news coverage of the event:…

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Columbia helps create state-of-the-art music studio on the West Side of city

By Daniel Perez | March 28, 2023

A renaissance is starting on the West Side of Chicago, and Columbia College Chicago is invested in making that happen. BUILD Chicago is a nonprofit organization based in Austin thathas been providing violence intervention and prevention programs for West Side youth for over 50 years. They unveiled a new $24…

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BUILD Chicago opens home-away-from-home for West Side youth

By Daniel Perez | March 27, 2023

The youth on Chicago’s West Side just got a new home away from home — at 57,000 square feet, it spans a city block and offers just about everything but a pool. There’s a gym, music studio, computer lab and a garden and greenhouses. It has washers, dryers and private…

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BUILD’s Home Coming: A New Youth and Community Hub in Austin

By Daniel Perez | March 27, 2023

CFF began a partnership with BUILD in 2020, and they quickly became integral to our place-based grantmaking focused on the Austin neighborhood. The culture of collaboration at BUILD runs deep. Staff are so adept at partnering with other organizations to create rich learning experiences for young people–whether that be Museum of Science and…

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BUILD’s annual ‘Black Table’ event connects Chicago youth with Black leaders

By Daniel Perez | March 23, 2023

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — On a Monday afternoon in February 2023, something special occurred inside the Walnut Room at the Macy’s on State Street. It was the annual Black Table event, which West Side nonprofit Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development (BUILD) began hosting in 2017. Inside the wood-paneled room with…

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See the Newly-Built Community Center Many Hope Will be a Game-Changer for South Austin Neighborhood

By Daniel Perez | March 3, 2023

Watch NBC 5’s follow-up story on our new campus. Last November, Sandra Torres stopped by BUILD to tour our new home while still under construction. Now that we have finally opened our doors to the public, we were so excited to show her and her team all we have to…

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In Chicago, BUILD Wants Its New Headquarters to Be a Community Hub for Young People

By Daniel Perez | March 3, 2023

In 1995, Adam Alonso met a 15-year-old who changed his life. Alonso was working at Casa Central, an afterschool program operating out of a church basement. The teen came looking for a pastor, but there wasn’t one available. As the young man walked away, Alonso felt moved to call out and…

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