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BUILD Celebrates Donor Appreciation Week

By Daniel Perez | September 13, 2019

This past week, we took time to honor and thank the people who make the mission of BUILD possible: our donors. Throughout Donor Appreciation Week,…

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Grapes for Good Wine Event

By Daniel Perez | September 11, 2019

We hope to see you at our 2019 Grapes For Good fundraiser at The Pillar Loft on October 24th. The tasting will support BUILD’s growth…

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“The Iris” Urban Agriculture Program Blossoms at BUILD

By Benjy Wax | September 10, 2019

Some young people spend their summers hanging out at the pool. Some head off to sleepaway camp. And some choose to immerse their sun soaked…

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BUILD CEO Named One of StreetWise’s 20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans for 2019

By Benjy Wax | August 12, 2019

BUILD Chicago is exceptionally proud to announce that CEO Adam Alonso has been named one of 2019’s 20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans by StreetWise magazine. “Since his arrival…

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Jovan Jones Peace Garden Dedication

By Daniel Perez | August 7, 2019

We want to thank our friends at Digmattix for generously donating their time, effort, and resources to make BUILD’s community garden even more spectacular. Not…

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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 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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