In The News

West Side group hosts summer camp, offers kids safe space—AustinTalks, Austin Weekly News

By Daniel Perez | August 26, 2020

By Zach Cunning AustinTalks BUILD Chicago has been hosting a summer camp in Austin for youth from kindergarten to 8th with enrichment activities, peace circles, basketball and volleyball – and a small farm with some very friendly chickens. Daniel Brown, a middle schooler who’s been participating in BUILD programs for…

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Young Aspiring Chicago Filmmakers Organize Worldscene Virtual Film Festival – ABC7

By Daniel Perez | June 2, 2020

By Hosea Sanders ABC7 Chicago CHICAGO (WLS) — Young filmmakers from around the world are sharing their work through a virtual film festival. The event has been put together by some local kids who are, themselves, aspiring filmmakers from inner-city Chicago. Worldscene Film Festival will feature eight films from five…

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WorldScene Film Festival Features Free Short Films From Around The World — And It Was Curated By West Side Teens

By Daniel Perez | June 2, 2020

By Pascal Sabino Block Club Chicago AUSTIN — A virtual film festival developed by young people on the West Side will showcase eight short films from around the world, including one film written and produced by the local teens. The jury and creators of the WorldScene Film Festival are participants…

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BUILD’s Virtual Film Festival featured on WGN Morning News

By Daniel Perez | June 2, 2020

Thank you Larry Potash, WGN TV, Chicago Department of Family and Support Services and our partners at International Children’s Media Center for supporting such an inspiring series of films. Watch the spot at: https://www.facebook.com/LarryPotash/videos/549592485929767/

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A DIY Mother’s Day Gift is The Most Thoughtful Way to Say “I Love You”

By Daniel Perez | May 14, 2020

This year’s Mother’s Day was quite different for all of us. BUILD’s Intervention Specialist and Restoring Individuals through Supportive Environments (R.I.S.E.) mentor Pablo Galvez thought long and hard about how to keep the Mother’s day tradition that he and his group would host for moms every year. See the video here! What Pablo…

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BUILD Is Still Working Hard to Uplift High-Risk Youth In Chicago During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Daniel Perez | April 29, 2020

BUILD has been lifting up youth in Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods since 1969. It started with street violence intervention and gang detachments, but has now expanded to after-school programs; academic and college counseling; art, music, and sports leagues; community outreach; and mental health care. BUILD youth were teens and tweens growing up…

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IN BUILD, CHICAGO YOUTH FIND AN ALTERNATIVE TO GANG VIOLENCE

By Daniel Perez | April 29, 2020

By Shreya BansalMedill Reports CHICAGO — It’s the day before Thanksgiving and a group of young and old men have come out to play football as a part of their “turkey bowl.” When a police car passes by, the officers wave and smile at the players. One of the older…

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In BUILD, Chicago youth find an alternative to gang violence

By Daniel Perez | April 27, 2020

CHICAGO — It’s the day before Thanksgiving and a group of young and old men have come out to play football as a part of their “turkey bowl.” When a police car passes by, the officers wave and smile at the players. One of the older men waves back and…

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Important Update From BUILD, Inc.

By Daniel Perez | March 14, 2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues,  BUILD has always put the safety of our youth and our communities first, and this drives all our decisions. As a community institution, it’s also our responsibility to think bigger, and be part of collective, state-wide action to slow down the spread of COVID-19 as it…

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Important Update from BUILD Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

By Daniel Perez | March 11, 2020

BUILD has always put the safety of our youth and our communities first, and this drives all our decisions. In the case of the CPS strike, for example, we opened our doors and extended our hours to give *all* youth a safe place to go during that time. Today, we…

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Thank you!

By Daniel Perez | March 4, 2020

We want to thank everybody who supported our youth at BUILD’s annual Art Show, 365 +1: Stories Around The Sun this weekend! Whether you attended the show or bid from home, you were part of an incredible night that will help our youth continue to counter violence with creativity and connection.  And, it’s…

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BUILD Receives Access to Justice Grant

By Daniel Perez | February 9, 2020

We were proud to join the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Westside Justice Center, and The Resurrection Project as we announced the 60 non-profit organizations selected as recipients of the Access to Justice Grants Program (A2J). Access to Justice is an Illinois statewide program that seeks to mitigate the…

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