BUILD's youth are exposed to gangs, guns, drugs and the violence related to gang recruitment and gang warfare. Many students remain truant from school to avoid encountering gangs on their way to or from school. Youth join gangs out of necessity for protection, especially when they have to walk through more than one gang turf on their way to school or in school hallways as they change classes.
Increasing school retention for youth reduces the likelihood of gang and criminal involvement and produces significant social and economic benefits to the individual and to society. Few youth are encouraged to look beyond the lifestyles and work patterns of their parents and receive little encouragement to complete high school and pursue college. If one youth leaves a life of violence, crime and gangs and goes on to complete college, s/he has the increased lifetime earning potential of 1.1 million dollars more than a high school dropout3.
1Chicago Police Department Crime Summary; Research & Development Division.
3U.S. Census Bureau 2000
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Resources for Parents
BUILD can provide a wide range of activities for your child. If you are looking for recreational activities, homework assistance, or just an afterschool setting for your child to socialize with others, then we recommend BUILD’s after school Prevention program for you.
If you are noticing that your child is behaving differently, is having trouble at school, or is just hanging out with the wrong crowd, then reach out to us regarding our Intervention Program. If your child needs help with putting together a resume or finding jobs, or is planning for college, then the BUILDing Futures program may be best for you.
Resources for Teachers
BUILD can provide a wide range of activities for your students. If you want to bring staff into your classroom to teach your students about positive choices, then you are interested in our Prevention Program. You may be able to take advantage of our after-school program where we will provide your students with recreational activities, homework assistance, or socializing with other youth
If you are noticing that a student is behaving differently in the classroom, is getting into trouble, is failing academically, or is just hanging out with the wrong crowd, then reach out to us regarding our Intervention Program.
If you would like your students to be able to receive additional assistance in planning for college or if you would like for them to participate in leadership development activities, then ask about our BUILDing Futures Program.
Suggested Reading List from BUILD partner, Project NIA.
Below is a list of suggested reading materials for those interested in the issues revolving around youth incarceration.
For more information, please contact Jamey Makowski, Manager of Program Development and Compliance: