Midnight Mingle Social For Our BG2W Participants

BUILD’s female focused program, BG2W, recently hosted their first midnight mingle social. This was the first time that participants from all five cohorts got to meet for a night full of activities. From DIY lip gloss, body scrubs, face masks and bath bombs, to jewelry making, nail painting and an eyebrow bar! They ended the…

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BUILD Supports Invest South West Initiative

There was a lot of focus, excitement and intense conversation recently as organizations in Austin, Humboldt Park and North Lawndale came together to hear more about the Mayor’s plans to bring $750 million to the South and West Sides in Chicago. BUILD was there connecting with city leaders and making art with our community. Learn more about this unprecedented…

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Celebrating The Life Of Martin Luther King Jr.

BUILD staff, youth, neighborhood residents, the Chicago Police Department and several volunteers from Starbucks and Playworks came together on January 20 in celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through service to others. We came together in an effort to reconnect, transform, uplift, and inspire youth, staff, and community. In honor of Dr.…

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Can’t beat the Holiday Rush (University Medical Center)!

As long as anyone can remember, the Finance Team at Rush University Medical Center have had an amazing annual tradition: an internal holiday giving drive that starts nearly at Labor Day and extends all the way through December, featuring weekly fundraisers as varied as chili cook-offs to raffles to food truck days. Each year the…

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Fall Harvest Fest At BUILD

Fall is such a beautiful time of year in Chicago, but it seemingly goes by in the blink of an eye. On October 19, we had a great opportunity to stop and soak it in with members of the community at our Fall Harvest Fest.   Healthy living was the theme of the day with…

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BUILD Announces Kirsten Mallik as New Chief Development Officer

Kirsten Mallik comes to BUILD with over fifteen years of experience supporting non-profit organizations, from communications and messaging to annual, major gift, and capital campaign fundraising. She joins an active team of writers, advocates, and fundraisers working to sustain the rapid growth of BUILD’s violence intervention and youth development programs. Prior to joining BUILD, she…

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BUILD Celebrates Donor Appreciation Week

This past week, we took time to honor and thank the people who make the mission of BUILD possible: our donors. Throughout Donor Appreciation Week, we highlighted the support of donors like Alicia and Robert, who discovered BUILD through an online search and decided to get involved. And Sarah, a Chicago native who is a…

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Grapes for Good Wine Event

We hope to see you at our 2019 Grapes For Good fundraiser at The Pillar Loft on October 24th. The tasting will support BUILD’s growth and new innovative programs, including our STEAM and clinical programs! Cost is $50.00 per person. 100% of your donation will support BUILD’s programs for youth! Purchase your tickets today! Learn…

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“The Iris” Urban Agriculture Program Blossoms at BUILD

Some young people spend their summers hanging out at the pool. Some head off to sleepaway camp. And some choose to immerse their sun soaked days in learning a lost art⁠—growing your own food. BUILD’s “The Iris” urban agriculture initiative started off as small garden project, a medium to teach young people a new and…

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BUILD CEO Named One of StreetWise’s 20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans for 2019

BUILD Chicago is exceptionally proud to announce that CEO Adam Alonso has been named one of 2019’s 20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans by StreetWise magazine. “Since his arrival at BUILD in March 2015, Adam has catalyzed dramatic growth of BUILD’s programs, community leadership role, and impact. By rapidly developing and launching new initiatives—including the Block 51 Arts Academy, BUILDing…

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