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Chicago Village Project

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...
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Acknowledging Harm, Recognizing Pain

2018 Safe & Peaceful grantee holds a summit dedicated to truth & forgiveness   Bringing together a diverse audience of people who have been touched by violence as a victim, committer or observer, the Truth & Reconciliation Summit was a moving, daylong event that highlighted the power of acknowledging harm as the first step toward r...
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What Do Youth Have to Do With It?

Thomas Hurley, Assistant Superintendent of Operations for the Department of Juvenile Justice , expounds on the necessity of engaging youth offenders, and former youth offenders, in the development of safer, peaceful communities Every youth has a parent, two parents (whether they be engaged with them or not) — they're somebody's son, somebody's daug...
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Guardians of Garfield Park

A couple finds divine purpose in serving and safeguarding the children in their neighborhood Victoria and Daniel Allen have a classic love story: 25 years ago they met in church as young adults, became best friends, got married and grew their family. But their desire to build a loving home for children didn't stop at their doorstep — it extended to...
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Margaret's Village Block Party Builds Strong Sense of Community

 By Kimberly Rudd, a writer with Rudd Resources This is an excerpt of a post from The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities blog. Margaret's Village Development Director Geri Kerger paused to catch her breath. She had been in the midst of describing the activities – the many, many activities – that comprised her organization's Septemb...
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Everyone who cares deeply about Chicago’s future can play a role.

If you are an employer, you can hire young people at risk. If you are a community leader, you can help improve police-community relations. If you are a health care provider, you can support trauma-informed care to gun violence victims. If you are a funder, you can support any one of these efforts. Whatever you do, your voice matters when you speak up in support of policies that can make our neighborhoods safer. Reach out to learn more.

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