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Volunteer Spotlight: Lauretta

By Daniel Perez | March 29, 2019

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…


Sharing Wisdom At The Black Cafe

By Daniel Perez | February 20, 2019

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…


Celebrating African-American Success at Black Table 2019

By Daniel Perez | February 3, 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…


MLK Day of Service

By Daniel Perez | January 22, 2019

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.  …


Volunteer Spotlight: Haku

By Daniel Perez | January 9, 2019

At BUILD, we are grateful to those who generously donate their time and efforts to help us create better communities. The service our volunteers provide helps facilitate our events, influence youth and create a welcoming environment. It is our hope that when someone volunteers at BUILD, they gain as much…


Trees of Hope Spread Holiday Spirit

By Daniel Perez | December 19, 2018

It’s the holiday season and all through the city, bright and colorful decorations illuminate the streets. At BUILD, we are spreading the holiday spirit with some decorations of our own that not only create beauty, but lift spirits as well.   Last week, our team spent a day hanging Trees…


BUILD highlighted on WGN’s “Chicago’s Merry Own”

By Daniel Perez | December 4, 2018

WGN’s “Chicago’s Merry Own” segment recently featured BUILD community social worker Olivia Santiago! Watch the video here as Olivia shares her experience at BUILD’s holiday gathering where we are able to provide dinner and gifts for nearly 100 youth and their families. We are proud to have Olivia as part…


Volunteer Spotlight: Alex

By Daniel Perez | November 29, 2018

BUILD was not the organization Alex Rasky had in mind when he began searching for volunteer opportunities in 2016. He was seeking an opportunity that would allow him to ply his trade while helping others. A place to roll up his sleeves, get his hands dirty and go to work.…


BUILD Wins Obama Foundation My Brother’s Keeper Grant

By Daniel Perez | November 16, 2018

BUILD is honored and grateful to have been awarded a prestigious Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Community Challenge Seed Grant – one of five grants in Chicago and 19 nationwide. Our Apprentice Mentor Program (AMP) will train a cohort of BUILD youth to become our next generation of mentors – creating a pipeline of powerful boys and…


BUILDing Strong Young Women

By Daniel Perez | September 25, 2018

“It’s not safe like it used to be,” Keshayla said of growing up in of Chicago. “It’s like everybody’s just dying and getting killed.” At 19, she has experienced the violence first-hand, and she is not alone. Now, Keyshayla is one of 60 pioneers in BUILDing Girls 2 Women (BG2W),…


BUILD Chicago’s Female Mentoring Program Highlighted in NBC 5’s “Making a Difference” Series

By Daniel Perez | August 29, 2018

“Local Program Helps Empower Teens To Escape Community Violence” BUILD Chicago is an organization that helps empower at-risk youth in the Chicago area, helping thousands of teens escape the violence in their communities on a yearly basis. NBC 5’s Anayeli Ruiz reports. (Published Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018)  See news piece…


BUILD Wins $1 Million Grant from MacArthur Foundation

By Daniel Perez | August 27, 2018

BUILD is proud to be part of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation‘s $26 million strategy. Thriving communities require strong, resilient, generative, and compassionate organizations that are tackling barriers and working to increase the confidence, stability, power, and effectiveness of the community as a whole. Community Capital grants…


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