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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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West Side group hosts summer camp, offers kids safe space—AustinTalks, Austin Weekly News

By Benjy Wax | August 26, 2020

By Zach Cunning AustinTalks BUILD Chicago has been hosting a summer camp in Austin for youth from kindergarten to 8th with enrichment activities, peace circles, basketball and volleyball – and a small farm with some very friendly chickens. Daniel Brown, a middle schooler who’s been participating in BUILD programs for…

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Young Aspiring Chicago Filmmakers Organize Worldscene Virtual Film Festival – ABC7

By Benjy Wax | June 2, 2020

By Hosea Sanders ABC7 Chicago CHICAGO (WLS) — Young filmmakers from around the world are sharing their work through a virtual film festival. The event has been put together by some local kids who are, themselves, aspiring filmmakers from inner-city Chicago. Worldscene Film Festival will feature eight films from five…

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WorldScene Film Festival Features Free Short Films From Around The World — And It Was Curated By West Side Teens

By Benjy Wax | June 2, 2020

By Pascal Sabino Block Club Chicago AUSTIN — A virtual film festival developed by young people on the West Side will showcase eight short films from around the world, including one film written and produced by the local teens. The jury and creators of the WorldScene Film Festival are participants…

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BUILD’s Virtual Film Festival featured on WGN Morning News

By Benjy Wax | June 2, 2020

Thank you Larry Potash, WGN TV, Chicago Department of Family and Support Services and our partners at International Children’s Media Center for supporting such an inspiring series of films. Watch the spot at: https://www.facebook.com/LarryPotash/videos/549592485929767/

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A DIY Mother’s Day Gift is The Most Thoughtful Way to Say “I Love You”

By Daniel Perez | May 14, 2020

This year’s Mother’s Day was quite different for all of us. BUILD’s Intervention Specialist and Restoring Individuals through Supportive Environments (R.I.S.E.) mentor Pablo Galvez thought long and hard about how to keep the Mother’s day tradition that he and his group would host for moms every year. See the video here! What Pablo…

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BUILD Is Still Working Hard to Uplift High-Risk Youth In Chicago During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Daniel Perez | April 29, 2020

BUILD has been lifting up youth in Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods since 1969. It started with street violence intervention and gang detachments, but has now expanded to after-school programs; academic and college counseling; art, music, and sports leagues; community outreach; and mental health care. BUILD youth were teens and tweens growing up…

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IN BUILD, CHICAGO YOUTH FIND AN ALTERNATIVE TO GANG VIOLENCE

By Daniel Perez | April 29, 2020

By Shreya BansalMedill Reports CHICAGO — It’s the day before Thanksgiving and a group of young and old men have come out to play football as a part of their “turkey bowl.” When a police car passes by, the officers wave and smile at the players. One of the older…

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Important Update From BUILD, Inc.

By Daniel Perez | March 14, 2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues,  BUILD has always put the safety of our youth and our communities first, and this drives all our decisions. As a community institution, it’s also our responsibility to think bigger, and be part of collective, state-wide action to slow down the spread of COVID-19 as it…

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Important Update from BUILD Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

By Daniel Perez | March 11, 2020

BUILD has always put the safety of our youth and our communities first, and this drives all our decisions. In the case of the CPS strike, for example, we opened our doors and extended our hours to give *all* youth a safe place to go during that time. Today, we…

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