On this episode, we will be hearing from BUILD youth, many from our Austin Has The Mic podcast program who produced their own segments, as they take a look back on the unforgettable year that was 2020. You’ll hear in their own words their reflections on the virus, quarantine, the summer protests, as well as other notable events you may have forgotten about.
Sgt. Jermaine Harris grew up on the west side. Unlike many that move away when they find success, Harris never left. Hear two of BUILD’s charismatic youth hosts interview Harris about his mentors, being a cop, serving his community, and hope for the future. Plus an MLK-inspired youth spoken word reflection.
BUILD knows how to make the most of summer. In this episode we follow young people from our media program, and listen to some of the fantastic original content they created this summer. Including: Community Issue Spotlights/PSAs, summer program participant interviews, coverage from a community basketball event, and an in-studio interview with founder of Forty Acres Fresh Market, Liz Abunaw.
BUILD sits down with past Chicago Bears star cornerback Charles Tillman, current linebacker Sam Acho, and franchise chairman George McCaskey. Also, the premiere of youth written/performed 3-part hip-hopera, “The Saga of Terrence Jenkins”.
In our premiere episode we are introduced to BUILD, its executive director, and why such work is critical now. We also speak to a Cook County Commissioner, a reformed gang member, and hear song, story, and spoken word pieces from BUILD’s young people.