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Yes to Life, Yes to Peace

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...
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Grant a Wish, Change a Heart

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...
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Make Friends. Have Fun.

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...
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Bringing Forth Hidden Beauty

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...
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When Pain Becomes Purpose

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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Real Talk, Real People Hosts SPC Grantees

WVON's Real Talk, Real People with Chat Daddy hosted Safe and Peaceful grantees who introduced listeners to their work; among those featured: Maynard Welch, on behalf the Museum Shores Yacht Club ; the organization partnered with grantee AMP Community Arts Program to establish "Project Helm," which taught young children the basics of boating (saili...
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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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#AwardDay

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This year, the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities (PSPC) awarded 132 grants, totaling $850,000, to fund activities throughout the summer and fall in 19 prioritized communities. These neighborhood organizations are working to reduce gun violence, helping to reclaim parks, streets, and public areas, and building community cohesion, and we ...
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Boxville

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​Boxville is an initiative of Urban Juncture; it sits at the foot of the 51 st Street Green Line stop, a station that's part of the Elevated Chicago Green Line South stretch. With its Safe & Peaceful Chicago grant, Urban Juncture is expanding Boxville, creating a community gathering "box" (i.e. reconstituted train cars) among the other retail-r...
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The Alliance 98

David Rojas, a co-founder of The Alliance 98 (TA98), was recently featured on an episode of ChiPedia , a WGN Radio podcast hosted by Marsha Lyles. TA98 is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that works to reduce unemployment among young adults through training and job readiness initiatives. Rojas talked about how the grant awarded to TA98 will b...
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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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