For nearly 50 years, BUILD has worked in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods to stem the violence that takes away the positive potential – and, far too often, the very lives – of our youth. In 1969, BUILD started working with fewer than 200 gang-affiliated teens in one neighborhood and today BUILD serves nearly 3,000 youth annually, offering targeted services to enhance our impact in four priority communities - Austin, East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park and Logan Square - while continuing to provide support in other Chicago neighborhoods and throughout Cook County.

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BUILD’s programs are designed to meet both the immediate problem of preventing at-risk youth from joining gangs as well as working with gang-involved youth to develop alternatives to this destructive lifestyle. Our service population also includes youth who have come in contact with the justice system to prevent and/or provide alternatives to detention and assist with successful re-entry into their communities. 

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Upcoming Events

Browse 2 Events in February 2018

Saturday 4:00PM, 2018 | 5100 W. Harrison St., Chicago
Romancing Dissent. Defying Sameness: You are cordially invited to BUILD’s Art Show, “Romancing Dissent Defying Sameness”, on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 4pm – 7pm. Local artists and BUILD youth have created artistic interpretations of this year’s theme, exploring the depths of individualism, collectivism, social justice, rebirth and more. You will have opportunities to bid on art and purchase handmade jewelry, t-shirts and more! Wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres will be served. ROMANCING: To have a love affair with. DISSENT: To have or express an opinion different from a prevailing or official position; disagree. DEFYING: openly resisting or refusing to obey. SAMENESS: the quality of being the same; identity or similarity. Read More ›
Thursday 12:00AM, 2018
BUILD celebrates International Women's Day! This is a worldwide event highlighting the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Contact Jessica Carrillo at Read More ›
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