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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…

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Decrease in Austin homicides credited to community involvement

By Daniel Perez | August 22, 2018

Once it was a hot spot for gun violence and drug trafficking, but now Hubbard Park is teeming with drum circles, barbecues and community bonding. What’s happening…

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“Summer of Opportunity” Street Festival Unites Austin

By Benjy Wax | August 21, 2018

BUILD’s second annual Summer of Opportunity street festival was a great success as more than 2,500 Austin residents, community leaders, anti-violence groups and community organizations…

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No Summer Sliding at BUILD

By Daniel Perez | August 20, 2018

When the final bell of the school year rings, some kids flip the switch and power down their brains until autumn – the dreaded “summer…

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BUILD Celebrates 40th Annual Peace League All-Star Game

By Daniel Perez | August 20, 2018

It was a hot day at the ballpark on August 2 when BUILD celebrated its 40th edition of the Peace League Softball All-Star Game. The…

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BUILD Executive Director interviews with The Crime Report

By Daniel Perez | August 15, 2018

Chicago Violence Toll Tied to Poor Neighborhoods In an analysis of Chicago crime data, Axios reports that while the city’s homicide rate is not the highest in…

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BUILD’s Executive Director, Adam Alonso brings fresh ideas to reach Chicago’s youth through sports

By Daniel Perez | August 7, 2018

At age 24, Adam Alonso realized his calling. It was a chance encounter in 1995. Alonso was working at Casa Central, which used the basement…

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BUILD’s Summer Peace League Featured in the More in Common Show

By Daniel Perez | July 25, 2018

In one of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods, ex-gang members and police officers now play friendly games of softball together in this summer’s Peace League by BUILD…

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Blues Lights the Night in Hubbard Park with BUILD

By Daniel Perez | July 25, 2018

“Betcha didn’t know hiphop came from the blues,” said the 60 year old bluesman to the school-age rapper Saturday in Hubbard Park. “No, I didn’t…

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BUILD hosts Town hall to discuss creation of community court in Austin

By Daniel Perez | July 25, 2018

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin hosted a town hall meeting Monday to gather community input on the creation of a community court in Austin. About 40…

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BUILD Announces Siobhan Sanders as New Board Chair

By Daniel Perez | July 12, 2019

BUILD’s boards of directors have nominated Siobhan Sanders to become the next board chair, and she officially assumed the position on July 1, 2019. Siobhan…

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Summer of Opportunity Brings Austin Together

By Daniel Perez | July 3, 2019

Our third annual Summer of Opportunity festival was a great success as nearly 3,000 people came out to celebrate the Austin community on June 28…

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BUILD Participates in Race Against Gun Violence

By Daniel Perez | June 13, 2019

On June 6, BUILD youth and staff put on their running shoes and headed to Grant Park for the Race Against Gun Violence. Nearly 2,000…

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BUILD CEO Speaks Out On Memorial Day Violence

By Daniel Perez | May 29, 2019

We appreciate WBBM Newsradio for keeping the important discussion of positive summer programs in the headlines. BUILD is focused and ready to ramp up our community…

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Reducing Violence Through Community Events

By Daniel Perez | May 29, 2019

As Memorial Day weekend kicked off, BUILD was out in the Austin community working to reduce the violence. On Friday May 24, BUILD, along with…

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BUILD awarded Project Innovation grant from Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation

By Daniel Perez | May 15, 2019

We’d like to share some great news! We are proud to announce that BUILD is a winner of The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation’s 2019 Project Innovation…

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50th Annual Gala Was a Night to Remember

By Daniel Perez | May 9, 2019

It was a record-breaking evening at BUILD’s 50th Annual Gala on Friday May 3 – we raised $1,061,970, the most in the history of the event.…

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BUILD’s 9th Annual Public Speaking Contest

By Daniel Perez | April 25, 2019

We couldn’t be prouder of our young people for sharing their emotional and heartfelt stories of success during our 9th Annual Public Speaking Contest. We…

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BUILDing Futures: College Visits

By Daniel Perez | April 25, 2019

At BUILD, we understand the importance of an education. We also want our young people to understand the impact that an education can make in…

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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…

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