In The News

Community members protest against gun violence

By Daniel Perez | June 9, 2022

Kaylah Ester, a student at Michele Clark Prep Magnet High School, marched Friday with at least 100 others to protest gun violence that occurs in Austin and throughout Chicago’s West Side. “It’s important because I feel children should have a future,” Kaylah said. So far this year, 48 shootings have been…


Outside the Loop Radio: Mobile Mental Health

By Daniel Perez | March 14, 2022

Mental wellness is vitally important for all of us, especially our youth. Not everyone, however, has access to counseling or therapy services. BUILD Chicago is a community organization based in the Austin neighborhood and they have created the Mobile Mental Health Program. This program brings mental health services to Chicago…


How An Airport Shuttle Bus Was Converted Into Office on Wheels to Bring Free Counseling Straight to You

By Daniel Perez | March 10, 2022

BUILD’s Amanda Cimoroli stopped by ‘Chicago Today’ to talk about making mental health services more accessible. Watch the full interview with Chicago Today at


On The West Side, New Youth Hub Will Offer Space To Learn, Create And Grow: ‘Without Opportunity, A Community Can Lose Hope’

By Daniel Perez | March 1, 2022

The new “youth and community hub” will allow BUILD to grow its programs for kids and teens that are “engaging them in community, bringing them in the sports and arts and music and food, providing mentors and safe spaces,” said Adam Alonso, the CEO of BUILD. Read the full article…


BUILD Brings Counseling Directly to Schools with New Mobile Mental Health Program – WBEZ Newscast

By Daniel Perez | February 28, 2022

Build has long offered on-site counseling, but access was a challenge. That’s where the Mobile Mental Health team came in. They travel to schools across the west side, providing workshops and counseling for students.  Hear the full newscast here.


Austin’s youth resource center embarks on a huge expansion

By Daniel Perez | February 25, 2022

In 2016, when gun violence was rising across the city and Austin was near the top of the list of most violent neighborhoods, BUILD Chicago board members realized they needed to create “a hub for kids,” with services in the neighborhoods most affected. A teen center and a wellness room…


African American leaders share stories of inspiration

By Daniel Perez | February 24, 2022

BUILD Chicago will celebrate Black History Month this week with its annual The Black Table event. The virtual event – which runs from Monday, Feb. 21 through Friday, Feb. 25 – features African American leaders who will be sharing stories and reflections about their experiences, careers and how they hope to…


Chicago Officials Break Ground On New BUILD Community Center in South Austin

By Daniel Perez | February 23, 2022

Crews broke ground Thursday on a new 51,000 square-foot facility in the 5100-block of West Harrison Street. The $20 million community center will house art and music studios, a basketball gym, a game room, a mental health center and more. See the article here:


Mobile Mental Health Program Brings Counseling To West Side Youth In Need

By Daniel Perez | February 21, 2022

BUILD Chicago developed a Mobile Mental Health bus that brings therapists to mediate crisis situations and offer proactive counseling services to under-resourced schools. Read more about the our new Mobile Mental Health program using this link


Former gang member discusses why young people turn to gangs

By Daniel Perez | September 17, 2021

Carlos Vega is a former gang member who served 14 years in prison. Since he turned his life around, he’s been on mission to stop other young people from going down the same path. Vega is an intervention navigator for BUILD Chicago. The nonprofit, based on the West Side, focuses…


BUILDing Futures Youth Attend Legal Boot Camp

By Daniel Perez | August 9, 2021

This summer the young people in BUILD’s Building Futures Program are participating in a law internship and legal boot camp with Ropes & Gray LLP.  So far, they have been introduced to corporate legal, injunction hearings, panel discussions, and a speaker series. In addition to learning how to use their skills and…


BUILD in the NEWS: The Importance of Intervention when it Comes to Preventing Youth Violence

By Daniel Perez | June 24, 2021

BUILD Director of Community Engagement, Juan Villalobos discussed the importance of intervention in preventing youth violence after two neighborhood shootings over the weekend. Watch HERE.


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