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BUILD has been named a winner of the annual Make It Better Foundation’s Philanthropy Award. BUILD, Founded in 1969, has been engaging at-risk youth both in and out of the classroom to help realize their full career potential, and also to contribute to the overall safety of their neighborhoods, was recognized in the Social Justice category. What makes BUILD truly so incredible are the success stories of the young people the Intervention Program has helped over the course of BUILD’s nearly 50 years in operation. Jabriel, an 18-year-old college student who is now thriving at Kishwaukee College in Malta, Illinois, entered BUILD after being in and out of foster homes for seven years. With the help of his BUILD mentor Booney, he found someone to count on, and his successes are a reflection of BUILD’s astounding work. See additional youth success stories here.

BUILD was honored on May 3 at a celebration, emceed by CBS2 Chicago’s Suzanne Le Mignot, at Wintrust’s Grand Banking Hall. The fifth annual awards from the Foundation – the nonprofit arm of Make It Better Media – included two other winners: One Million Degrees, in the Education category, and New Moms in the Human Services: Empowerment category. Each honoree received a specially-produced video profile of the organization.

To learn more about the award, see Make It Better’s website.

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