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 benefit Suited for a Cause, its initiative to boost young job-seekers' confidence by providing them with business attire and critical soft skills. He was joined on the podcast by program officers Tawa Mitchell (of the MacArthur Foundation) and Anna Lee (of the Chicago Community Trust), both of whom serve on the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities committee that reviewed more than 300 applications for funding.
This year, The Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities awarded 132 grants.
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.