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BUILD Virtual Gala 2020 : Supporting BUILD’S Youth
April 24 - May 1
BUILD works with vulnerable youth ages 6-24 on the West and South Sides of Chicago, helping them escape gangs and resist violence to chart their own best futures. Growing up with chronic community violence in profoundly underserved neighborhoods, these youth face so many enormous obstacles – BUILD teams surround them with the care and opportunity they need to succeed.
Under COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, these obstacles have only multiplied, as youth are cut off from the safe spaces and groups at BUILD’s youth center, as well as from their in-person mentors, homework helpers, art teachers, coaches, and therapists. BUILD staff have been working hard to take all that support virtual, staying connected online, on private social networks, on phones, and texts. Each BUILD staffer is a lifeline for so many youth, and your donations keep those lifelines intact.
BUILD’s annual spring fundraising gala is a lifeline for all our programs – as our youth need us more than ever, the annual gala has gone virtual: visit www.buildchicago.org and BUILD’s social media April 24 – May 1 for a week of storytelling, art and jewelry auctions, staff videos, and youth voices. A celebration of community and the 2020 honorees: Comcast, The Blackhawks Foundation, and Lifetime BUILDers Avy and Marcie Stein.