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Build Chicago

  • Build Chicago
  • 5100 W. Harrison
  • Chicago, IL 60644
  • 773-227-2880
  • 1969

Program Description

In 1969, BUILD (Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development) started out as a gang intervention program serving fewer than 200 gang-affiliated youth in one community and now serves over 3,000 youth annually with effective, high impact programs that create outstanding results.

BUILD offers 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, including 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 home communities.

BUILD's mission is to engage at-risk youth in the schools and on the streets, so they can realize their educational and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety and well being of our communities.

By 2014, BUILD will be a provider of comprehensive Youth Development services in Chicago and throughout Cook County. The BUILD Model will be assessed internally to maximize coordinated services and positive impact on youth. BUILD's youth will be motivated and equipped with tools to avoid violence, pursue education, and set positive goals for the future.

By 2017, BUILD will be recognized and sought out in Illinois and the Midwest as a preeminent Youth Development agency, serving youth, training practitioners and empowering communities. BUILD will have a proven-effective methodology that will allow youth to transition from being at-risk to at-hope.

By 2020, BUILD will be recognized and sought out nationally as a premier provider of proven-effective Youth Development services targeted for at-risk youth and communities. BUILD's youth will serve as ambassadors, living examples of how the BUILD Model transforms youth to respected, contributing members of society.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Other
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 844
  • Middle School: 844
  • Elementary School: 844
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • Less than 25%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 100%