BUILD Inc., an organization that’s served at-risk youth in Chicago since 1969, recently announced its new location in Austin.
BUILD’s leadership, consisting of the executive team, board members and key volunteers, determined the agency’s staff and youth deserved a better space. BUILD has now purchased the new facility to provide enhanced opportunities for youth.
The group is excited about the move, the expansion and enhancement of services it will entail and are deeply appreciative of all who have helped achieve this dream, according to a press release announcing the new location.
After four decades of service to more than 100,000 youth at the old location on the Near West Side, deeply committed and street-smart staff have outgrown the old space. The new ADA-accessible building at 5100 W. Harrison St. boasts 10,000 square feet on 2.3 acres.
Today, BUILD serves more 4,000 youth annually in 25 Chicago Public Schools, 11 communities and throughout Cook County. More than 90 percent of BUILD’s participants are low-income, attend under-resourced schools, and many are involved in gangs and/or drugs.
“BUILD is a great program that is keeping my daughter out of trouble; I am glad that the BUILD organization is moving into the Austin community,” said Austin parent Sonia Henry.