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Chicago group brings Mobile Mental Health bus to Black, Latino residents

By Daniel Perez | March 1, 2023

CHICAGO (CBS) – In a time of crisis, admitting that you need help to manage your mental health is often the first step, but from there, without knowing where to go or who to contact, that is often where things stop. A community group in the Austin neighborhood is working to…


BUILD opens new center for youth and community in Austin. Premium facility offers art and music studios, kitchen, garden, gym, woodshop, counseling center, café and more

By Daniel Perez | February 26, 2023

CHICAGO, February 25, 2023 – BUILD, a youth development anti-violence agency, today opened its renovated Austin campus to the public, bringing to life a long-time community dream. Over 18 months, BUILD’s former 10,000 square foot offices were transformed into a city block haven where youth on Chicago’s west side can…


BUILD’s Black Table event focuses on connecting young people, prominent members of Black community

By Daniel Perez | February 21, 2023

CHICAGO (WLS) — Building connections between young people and prominent community leaders was the focus of ‘Build’s’ Black Table event Monday.  As we celebrate Black History Month, 20 of Chicago’s most prominent African American leaders engaged with young people over lunch to share what it takes to be successful and make…


Austin Coming Together announces updates on multi-million dollar projects

By Daniel Perez | January 26, 2023

Austin Coming Together held its annual summit on Saturday to highlight successes and goals for the final year of the five-year quality-of-life plan. Over 200 people gathered at the By the Hand Club for Kids‘ Austin campus for the first time since 2019, when the plan was in its first…


Changing young West Side lives

By Daniel Perez | January 19, 2023

Oak Parker Alonso heads BUILD, a violence prevention program Although he took a detour from an initial plan to become a doctor, Adam Alonso is saving, or at least changing, lives nonetheless. As CEO of BUILD, a West Side nonprofit focused on gang intervention, violence prevention and youth development, Alonso…


Change Agents Podcast: Justice that Heals

By Daniel Perez | January 18, 2023

BUILD’s Peace & Justice Center was recently featured on Season 3 of the Change Agents Podcast. Justice that Heals, a piece about Restorative Justice practices in Chicago. Read more and listen to the full episode below. Justice That Heals: Chicago can be cruel to its youth, especially to youth of color living in…


Ryan Poles, Bears Care host Scout School for Chicago students

By Daniel Perez | January 6, 2023

Bears general manager Ryan Poles and Bears Care hosted the organization’s first-ever Scout School Dec. 15, bringing students from BUILD Chicago to Halas Hall to introduce them to the role of scouting in the NFL. As an organization, BUILD helps at-risk youth in the Chicagoland escape gangs and violence while…


Adam Alonso honored as Bears’ Inspire Change Changemaker

By Daniel Perez | December 27, 2022

As Adam Alonso, CEO of BUILD Chicago, stood out on the turf at Soldier Field during halftime of the frigid Bears-Bills game last Saturday, he made sure to stop, look around and soak in the moment. Alonso, who joined BUILD in March 2015, was receiving the first-ever Inspire Change Changemaker…


New Community Campus Hopes to Bring Gathering Space, Activity Hub to Austin

By Daniel Perez | December 20, 2022

A massive community campus will soon welcome hundreds of kids and families from South and West Side neighborhoods.  It’s a major project the organization Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development, or BUILD, is taking on.  It might look like an ordinary gym but for Juvon Crawford it’s more than that. “I know…


‘It’s a Game Changer’: New Youth Community Center Set to Open on Chicago’s West Side

By Daniel Perez | November 30, 2022

A new youth and community center will soon open its doors on Chicago’s west side. It’s a major project by non-profit organization BUILD that could become a game changer for youth in the area. The facility is taking shape on the corner of Harrison Street and Laramie Avenue in the…


Annual Turkey Bowl flag football takes over Chicago’s Columbus Park

By Daniel Perez | November 28, 2022

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without football. On Wednesday, some Chicago kids kicked off the holiday with a little friendly competition. The annual Turkey Bowl Flag Football game took over Columbus Park on the West Side. The big game was put together by the violence prevention group Build, along with support…


ABC7 Eyewitness News at 4: BUILD Turkey Bowl

By Daniel Perez | November 28, 2022

Check out ABC7’s Coverage of BUILD’s 8th Annual Turkey Bowl on Eyewitness News at 4pm – November 23, 2022.


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