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‘Giving Tuesday’ offers refresher after spend-heavy holidays

By Daniel Perez | December 1, 2023

After a weekend dedicated to “shop-til-you-drop” ethos, “Giving Tuesday” offers residents a chance to do something good in their communities, and NBC’s Kye Martin has the story.


BMO and United Way partner up to support West Side students for Giving Tuesday

By Daniel Perez | November 28, 2023

CHICAGO – Hundreds of BMO employees gave their time and energy on Giving Tuesday, packing thousands of snack bags that will be distributed to school kids on Chicago’s West Side. The volunteers from BMO spent their work day in the new gym at BUILD, Inc., a West Side youth center that specializes in…


Bears, Amazon host youth organizations at Halas Hall

By Daniel Perez | November 9, 2023

Ahead of Thursday night’s game against the Panthers, the Bears partnered with Amazon to host over 40 students from two youth organizations – Youth Guidance’s Waukegan program and BUILD Chicago – at Halas Hall Oct. 30. The students traveled to Lake Forest to participate in talking circles with Bears cornerback Jaylon…


McDonald’s Relaunches Grant Program to Benefit Chicago-Based Youth Organizations

By Daniel Perez | November 9, 2023

In 2023, McDonald’s is deepening its commitment to 18 of the organizations ensuring that these partners have the resources to build skills and capacities of youth to prepare them for career pathways. “Expanding support for youth organizations in our city is critical – by uplifting young people, providing tools and…


Building Futures: How BUILD Chicago is Helping Austin’s Young People Thrive

By Daniel Perez | November 3, 2023

Located across the street from Austin’s Michelle Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School, BUILD Chicago’s new campus is open for youth from Chicago’s West Side as a place to explore interests, make friends, and simply be kids. BUILD staff and supporters were warmly joined by community members, local elected officials, and…


Lundbeck US Charitable Fund Donates $1 Million to Two Chicagoland Organizations Improving Community Access to Health Care

By Daniel Perez | October 25, 2023

CommunityHealth and BUILD will use the funding to expand health care access, including mental and behavioral health care, for low-income adults and vulnerable youth DEERFIELD, Ill., October 25, 2023 – The Lundbeck US Charitable Fund announced today that it is providing two grants for a combined $1 million to organizations…


New Austin Mural Builds On Nonprofit’s Mission To Prevent Youth Violence

By Daniel Perez | October 16, 2023

AUSTIN — A West Side youth center unveiled a new mural last week and invited children in its program to create their own art project as part of the celebration.  The mural on the northwest side of BUILD Inc.’s headquarters, 5100 W. North Ave., depicts the hopeful faces of children,…


New mural at BUILD showcases Austin youth’s passion and determination

By Daniel Perez | October 13, 2023

When young people arrive at BUILD’s South Austin campus, they will see faces resembling theirs on the new mural at the northwest corner of its main building. “I wanted to put up youthful faces looking inspired, looking determined, looking passionate,” said Chicago artist Dwight White at the mural unveiling on…


As migrant populations increase and change, BUILD pivots to cope 

By Daniel Perez | October 6, 2023

An influx of new arrivals in Chicago has driven BUILD Chicago to aid dozens more asylum-seekers sheltered at local police stations.   Last week, around 45 asylum-seekers, mostly single men, used BUILD’s showers, an increase from a couple of days before. By this week, the number of asylum-seekers sheltered at the…


Momentum Coffee Opens Fifth Location In Austin

By Daniel Perez | August 30, 2023

AUSTIN — A local Black-owned coffee chain has opened its fifth location in Austin. The newest branch of Momentum Coffee opened last week inside BUILD Inc.’s West Side headquarters, 5100 W. Harrison St. BUILD is a community hub that provides programs and a safe space for kids and teens to explore their…


Family of 8, including 6 children, live out of a van in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood

By Daniel Perez | August 29, 2023

For many families in the Chicago area, finding a permanent place to live can be a real struggle. Such is the case for Alicia, her partner and her six children ages 1 to 14. Since May 2023, the family says they have been living in their mini-van. “This is our…


Triathlon training program aims to level playing field for young Chicagoans

By Daniel Perez | August 25, 2023

Francisco Arenas, director of intervention for BUILD, partnered with Live Grit Soars this year as a part of a city violence prevention grant focused on helping kids who have either experienced violence or are at risk.  They train kids every Wednesday to help them feel mentally and physically better and…


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