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 participate in Not Before My Parents (NBMP)
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 and
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
An interview with BST founder Brother Richard Raymond, who reflects on forgiveness after his 3rd annual back-to-school "Peace in the Hood" basketball tournament was interrupted by gun-violence.
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 children as problems
SPC grantee’s back-to-school event readies children for the academic year and reinforces deeper ties to the community it serves. Community members descended upon Oakdale Covenant Church for a day of free food, celebration and connection at Community and Family Partners’ Back-to-School Community Bash. “The purpose is to feed into the community and let them know we’re here,” says
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). Rev. Grant launched
Two Safe & Peaceful Chicago grantees —Major Adams Community Committee and West Humboldt Park Development Council — partnered with tens of other West Side organizations, block clubs and nonprofits to host a daylong festival at Union Park. Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. praised the collective for showing how redemption can come for making things better for the
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 organization cites
Safe & Peaceful grantee The 300 N. Mason Street Block Club celebrated its 41st annual back-to-school party. Community activists and elders provided school supplies and more than 150 backpacks for children, and the day was complete with food, games, and live entertainment courtesy of the Jesse White Tumblers.