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Safe & Peaceful grantee FOUS Youth Development helps kids be superheroes for their community A couple of Wonder Women, a Black Panther or two, and a fairy ladybug decided to stand up against violence in their community. Their wings and weapons may have been fabric and costumes, but nonetheless, the children participating in the 4 Us Youth Devel...
Safe & Peaceful grantees embrace the power of partnership Ending the cycle of violence one community at a time is the goal for both Peace Makers Worldwide and A Work of Faith Ministries, who have come together as The Violence Prevention Consortium, or VPC. Together, the organizations want to cease the violence in Chatham, with a focus on the 79...
Chicago's corporate sector has long played a role in supporting social service programs, arts and culture, and recreational opportunities in the city. But a new initiative by AT&T stands apart from many philanthropic efforts: theirs is designed to directly address the city's violence and high unemployment rate for people of color by focusing on...
SPC grantee uses the power of the pen and lens to highlight West Siders perspectives so they can tell their own stories. Richard Marion was just a youngster — 6 th or 7 th grade, he can't recall — when he discovered The Westside Writing Project (WWP). "We used to go to Chicago Commons, going up there just after school, getting on computers, wasting...
Safe & Peaceful grantee uses baseball and softball as a way to come together and celebrate South Shore youth While sports/competitive participation are the core drivers of Lost Boyz Inc. offering, program coordinator Lee Smith recognizes that, too often, South Side youth need to have opportunities to just "be." "I take the kids on local field t...
Second-year Safe & Peaceful grantee Jardincito Nature Play Community Garden uses nature as a conduit to showcase and serve the spirit of Little Village Located at 23rd and Whipple, Jardincito, or "little garden", is one of the very few greenspaces open to residents on Chicago's Southwest Side. "A lot of the gardens that we're used to seeing aro...
Safe & Peaceful grantee structures chess as a conduit to counteract the cycles of violence, conciliate its casualties, and connect police with communities Eight-year-old Terriah Pascal is always eager to challenge the cops. She has been doing it monthly for the past year. She's no troublemaker, though. Terriah is among the youth who partic...
Student leaders protest gun proliferation   August 11, across the street from the Trump Tower, a small group of high school students asked passersby to write the names of people who'd been affected by gun violence in chalk along the sidewalk. "We want everyone to actually see who has been affected by gun violence," one student said. "Seeing an...
A teen activist talks about Safe & Peaceful grantee Kids Off The Block's 24 Hour Peace Jam, the organization's presence in his life, and his determination to bring about positive change.   In Roseland, it can be wild; it's to the point that you can go places, but you have to watch your surroundings, always look over your shoulder. People h...
The KUFI Club of Chicago - through 2018 Safe and Peaceful grantee the Love Foundation - celebrated its first Crowning Ceremony this summer. This rites-of-passage coronation served as an important benchmark to acknowledge the power that young people have to be leaders and anti-violence activists in the Roseland community. "Rather than looking at chi...
A mission of shared responsibility guides a Safe & Peaceful grantee who provided programming throughout the summer for South Shore youth Teens and children in the South Shore neighborhood face the risk that violence may impact them, directly or indirectly, on the daily, says Reverend Bailey Grant, founder of I Am My Brother's Keeper (IAMBK). Re...
Safe & Peaceful grantee charged its participants to focus on the beauty of resilience in the face of abuse and oppression The Chicago Torture Justice Center (CTJC), a first and (heretofore declared) only community center of its kind, seeks to offer healing and wellness resources for survivors of police torture. In its outlined history , the org...
Grantee brings hometown rapper Lil Durk back to his Englewood neighborhood to participate in peace festival The J. Minor Allen Peace Movement, Resident Association of Greater Englewood (RAGE) and Save Our Community Coalition , three Englewood-based groups, recently collaborated to produce the Say Yes to Life, Say Yes to Peace outdoor festival, aide...
Through material giving, a Safe & Peaceful grantee invokes community, security and hospitality Seven-year-old Kemari Irvin was getting the full experience of The Peace Movement Home, Family & Community Day at Grant A Wish Children & Family Center in Chatham's Burnside neighborhood — he ate, he got to do backflips and play video games, a...
The power in the ability to party in peace Food and fun flowed from a West Pullman lot as Kids Off the Block (KOTB) hosted a Summer in the Streets party, one of eight taking place simultaneously in various parts of the city. "We're doing it at the same time on the same day to make a bigger impact regarding youth violence, said Diane Latiker, who fo...
Sherman Scullark, a member of the Risky Road gang faction, reached out Detective Vivian Williams to let her know how tired he was of the violence marring Pullman, according to a recent Tribune story . Kids didn't play outside and they knew not to go to the basketball courts, a hotspot for rival gang shootings. He sought her help to call a truce. A ...
2018 Safe & Peaceful grantee highlight It was all about growth during the Austin Green Team garden bus tour. The nearly 30-year-old volunteer organization builds, maintains and supports community gardens in the neighborhood, with the aim to enhance the quality of life. The annual bus tour showcases the gardens, many of which were the sites of d...
Safe & Peaceful Chicago Grantee News Stories Englewood Unites With Peace, Police & Barbecues Truestar, July 26, 2018 Photo Essay: Performance Arts Camp Helps Kids Bring Peace to the West Side The Triibe, July 31, 2018 One Man Brings Healthy Living to the South Side with S.O.U.L. Community Garden The Triibe, August 9, 2018 More Safe &am...
Meet Auburn Gresham's John F. Kennedy, founder of The Chicago Village Project —his plan is to teach  young people how to use their interests to become "solopreneurs." "Changing mindsets is one thing, but that doesn't satisfy the primary force that pulls people to the streets: lack of money." This is a story about the Community Safety and Peace...
The loss of her son motivates Englewood mother to take to the streets Audrey Wright doesn't want another mother to go through what she went through. "My son was shot down in a drive-by shooting. He left my house at 15 minutes to midnight. 12:01 he was shot. 12:49 he was dead…it was on 100th and Throop. And the mothers…people don't realize…never get...

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