CELEBRATE WITH US:
50 YEARS OF SERVICE.

ONE MISSION:
TRANSFORMING LIVES.

EDUCATION SERVICES:
BUILDing FUTURES.

BOUNDLESS POTENTIAL:
BUILDING HOPE.

2-Day Community Event

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

  1. Strides For Peace Race Against Gun Violence

    June 6 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  2. Youth Innovation Conference

    June 8 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

BUILD PODCAST

OUR BLOG

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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Sharing Wisdom At The Black Cafe

By Daniel Perez | February 20, 2019

In continuing our celebration of Black History Month, we held our first ever Black Café event on February 18. Building off the momentum from the…

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Celebrating African-American Success at Black Table 2019

By Daniel Perez | February 3, 2019

We started Black History Month off strong at BUILD by celebrating our 3rdAnnual Black Table Luncheon. Hosted at ABC7 studios in Chicago, this event gave…

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MLK Day of Service

By Daniel Perez | January 22, 2019

It was a bitter cold day in Chicago on January 21, and though many had the day off of work and school, over 100 youth…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Haku

By Daniel Perez | January 9, 2019

At BUILD, we are grateful to those who generously donate their time and efforts to help us create better communities. The service our volunteers provide…

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Trees of Hope Spread Holiday Spirit

By Daniel Perez | December 19, 2018

It’s the holiday season and all through the city, bright and colorful decorations illuminate the streets. At BUILD, we are spreading the holiday spirit with…

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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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‘Let this boy make it’ BUILD Highlighted in the Washington Post

By Daniel Perez | June 28, 2018

From his hospital bed, the eighth-grader was already plotting how to kill the kid who had put him there. It had been a month since…

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Area groups look to cover West Side with positivity

By Daniel Perez | June 28, 2018

AUSTIN WEEKLY NEWS: A local nonprofit is looking to blanket a portion of the West Side with positivity next month when it hosts its Summer…

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Hoops in the Hood Officially Kicks Off with Summer of Opportunity Event

By Daniel Perez | June 28, 2018

Hoops in the Hood is about to have its biggest summer ever. The sports-based community safety initiative by LISC Chicago creates safe spaces for youth…

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Chicago Anti-Gang Activists Say Facebook Is Used For Harm In Feuds

By Daniel Perez | June 12, 2018

Gangs can do a lot of harm to a community. They’re a big factor in the gun violence problem in Chicago. Newsy’s Jay Strubberg interviewed…

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Jovan Peace Garden in Austin built with help of ABC7, Disney volunteers

By Daniel Perez | June 12, 2018

CHICAGO (WLS) — Employees from Disney and ABC7 came together for a global week of volunteer service. Several ABC7 colleagues are volunteering Thursday help build…

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