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BUILD hosts annual Black Table luncheon

By Daniel Perez | February 19, 2024

CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago students got the chance to network with top professionals during the annual “BUILD the Black Table” event Monday. BUILD stands for Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development. ABC7 Chicago’s Jasmine Minor emceed Monday’s luncheon. Obstacles fell to the wayside, and dreams became possible at the eighth…


BUILD Chicago opens new office in Humboldt Park

By Daniel Perez | January 17, 2024

Martin Anguiano, Director of Community Engagement at BUILD, appeared on Fox 32 Chicago to discuss our services and plans for the Humboldt Park community with our new facility at 1750 N Kimball Ave! Watch the full segment from Fox 32’s Youtube page here.


Amid one of Chicago’s coldest days, warmth in unity at MLK Day event on West Side

By Daniel Perez | January 15, 2024

CHICAGO — Despite freezing temperatures, hundreds of kids participated in workshops and indoor activities Monday on the city’s West Side, all part of a day of unity.   Organizers say the message behind the gathering was too important to cancel.   “In Chicago, the cold weather doesn’t stop us,” said regional manager…


BUILDing Boys 2 Men: Providing Mentorship and Counseling to Local Youth

By Daniel Perez | January 12, 2024

BUILDers Howard Brown and Richard Grundy, who work with youth in our BUILDing Boys 2 Men program, visited the set of Daytime Chicago to talk about the value mentoring and BUILD’s prevention work. Watch the full interview on the WGN9 website by clicking here.


Chicago Shooting Survivors, In Their Own Words

By Daniel Perez | December 15, 2023

BUILD partnered with The Trace and help create a safe space for people who have experienced gun violence tell their stories. This collection is the result. Read the full article from The Trace here.


‘Giving Tuesday’ offers refresher after spend-heavy holidays

By Daniel Perez | December 1, 2023

After a weekend dedicated to “shop-til-you-drop” ethos, “Giving Tuesday” offers residents a chance to do something good in their communities, and NBC’s Kye Martin has the story.


BMO and United Way partner up to support West Side students for Giving Tuesday

By Daniel Perez | November 28, 2023

CHICAGO – Hundreds of BMO employees gave their time and energy on Giving Tuesday, packing thousands of snack bags that will be distributed to school kids on Chicago’s West Side. The volunteers from BMO spent their work day in the new gym at BUILD, Inc., a West Side youth center that specializes in…


Bears, Amazon host youth organizations at Halas Hall

By Daniel Perez | November 9, 2023

Ahead of Thursday night’s game against the Panthers, the Bears partnered with Amazon to host over 40 students from two youth organizations – Youth Guidance’s Waukegan program and BUILD Chicago – at Halas Hall Oct. 30. The students traveled to Lake Forest to participate in talking circles with Bears cornerback Jaylon…


McDonald’s Relaunches Grant Program to Benefit Chicago-Based Youth Organizations

By Daniel Perez | November 9, 2023

In 2023, McDonald’s is deepening its commitment to 18 of the organizations ensuring that these partners have the resources to build skills and capacities of youth to prepare them for career pathways. “Expanding support for youth organizations in our city is critical – by uplifting young people, providing tools and…


Building Futures: How BUILD Chicago is Helping Austin’s Young People Thrive

By Daniel Perez | November 3, 2023

Located across the street from Austin’s Michelle Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School, BUILD Chicago’s new campus is open for youth from Chicago’s West Side as a place to explore interests, make friends, and simply be kids. BUILD staff and supporters were warmly joined by community members, local elected officials, and…


Lundbeck US Charitable Fund Donates $1 Million to Two Chicagoland Organizations Improving Community Access to Health Care

By Daniel Perez | October 25, 2023

CommunityHealth and BUILD will use the funding to expand health care access, including mental and behavioral health care, for low-income adults and vulnerable youth DEERFIELD, Ill., October 25, 2023 – The Lundbeck US Charitable Fund announced today that it is providing two grants for a combined $1 million to organizations…


New Austin Mural Builds On Nonprofit’s Mission To Prevent Youth Violence

By Daniel Perez | October 16, 2023

AUSTIN — A West Side youth center unveiled a new mural last week and invited children in its program to create their own art project as part of the celebration.  The mural on the northwest side of BUILD Inc.’s headquarters, 5100 W. North Ave., depicts the hopeful faces of children,…


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