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Strides for Peace
About

Our vision is a Chicago where all can thrive and live free of the fear of gun violence. Our mission is to increase the collective impact of community organizations working to END gun violence, save lives and build a stronger Chicago.

To do this, we seek to address investment and proximity gaps in efforts to end gun violence, by funding and seeding growth for a diverse collaborative of organizations throughout the city. Strides for Peace intentionally engages different sized organizations with a spectrum of interventions and responses – gun violence is too complex to be solved by only one or two approaches: we must work together.

Our partners, who are trusted and respected in communities most impacted by violence, inform all our work. We listen to and learn from them and they listen to and learn from each other. Together, we build individual and collective capacity so we all grow more effective in addressing the impacts of, and ultimately ending, gun violence.

A Project for Us from Strides For Peace on Vimeo.

$10,653.00

30% raised of $35,000.00 goal
Advocate Trauma Recovery Center
About
The Advocate Trauma Recovery Center is a health care-based violence intervention program that provides quality services and resources to survivors of intentional trauma with compassion, respect and care. Our purpose is to aid individuals who have experienced trauma in rebuilding, restoring and strengthening their sense of safety by ending the cycle of violence. We provide access to trauma-informed care by acknowledging how past and present traumatic experiences and stress may impact the individuals and families we are serving. Our team is specially trained to support the unique needs of survivors and their families to foster hope for a better future.

$765.00

3% raised of $20,000.00 goal
After School Matters Inc.
About

After School Matters is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to provide Chicago public high school teens with opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. In 2017, After School Matters provided more than 17,000 teens with high-quality after-school and summer programs in arts, communications & leadership, sports, and STEM.

$100.00

10% raised of $1,000.00 goal
Automotive Mentoring Group
About

Through intensive mentoring and teaching the restoration of classic cars, the Automotive Mentoring Group (AMG) equips young people who are involved in, or at risk of involvement in neighborhood violence, with life skills, social and emotional coping strategies, and trade skills that create positive opportunities for them.

$100.00

10% raised of $1,000.00 goal
The BASE Chicago
About
The mission of the BASE Chicago is to leverage the power and passion of sports to empower youth (ages 8 to 18) on Chicago's west side to achieve their full potential by choosing to stay in school, graduate and get assistance to enter college or other career based training. BASE Chicago will prodice the city's best baseball and softball players, most importantly BASE Chicago will build some of the best citizens in Chicago.


$2,225.00

100% raised of $1,000.00 goal
Bright Star Community Outreach
About

Our mission is to empower residents to share in the responsibility of building community through resource development and collaborative partnerships. We will accomplish our mission by developing innovative performance-based practices and programs to address the need for Violence Prevention, Community Engagement, Economic Development, Education, Healthy Children/Youth and Families.





$175.00

17% raised of $1,000.00 goal
BUILD
About

BUILD’s mission is to engage at-risk youth in the schools and on the streets so they can realize their educational and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety and well-being of our communities. Since 1969, BUILD has been a second family for Chicago’s marginalized youth, helping thousands of young people facing the steepest challenges—like poverty, involvement in the justice system, and chronic exposure to violence and other sources of trauma—escape gang violence and become leaders in safer, stronger communities. BUILD now reaches 6,500 youth and families annually in six challenged Chicago neighborhoods—Austin, Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, Hermosa, Belmont Cragin, and Fuller Park.




$1,125.00

22% raised of $5,000.00 goal
Catholic Charities
About

Catholic Charities is fundraising for The Peace Corner Youth Center, which is located in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's Westside. Originally established to provide the neighborhood youth a safe haven from gang violence and drug dealing, The Peace Corner has grown into a community center that provides employment services, GED class referrals, basic skill development, recreational programing, legal counseling, mentoring, tutoring, and hope for all that are willing to take a step in a positive direction. Through the Peace Corner, Catholic Charities offers a wide variety of services to the youth and families of Austin, and hopes to expand their capacity to work with the people there to continue to make it a safer place to live and grow.

$100.00

10% raised of $1,000.00 goal
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation
About

The Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation envisions a community free from all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual violence, including sexual assault and the commercial sex trade. CAASE addresses the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetrate, profit from, or support sexual exploitation. CAASE is excited to be demonstrating our commitment to holistic violence prevention throughout Chicago by participating in this year's Race Against Gun Violence.

$1,240.00

4% raised of $30,000.00 goal
Chicago Adventure Therapy
About
Using outdoor adventure sports like paddling, orienteering, cycling, camping and rock climbing, Chicago Adventure Therapy (CAT) works with Chicago youth to have a lasting positive impact on their communities and become healthy adults by teaching effective social skills and strong leadership skills, increasing participants’ sense of possibility, and fostering a sense of empowerment and personal responsibility.

$0.00

0% raised of $2,000.00 goal
CHAMPS Mentoring Program
About
he Mission of the CHAMPS Male Mentoring Program is to Educate, Empower, and Expose African-American and Latino Young Men beyond the four walls of the school in order to help them to achieve their dreams and goals.

$0.00

0% raised of $1,000.00 goal
Chicago Police Memorial Foundation
About

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to honoring the lives of fallen Chicago Police heroes. The Foundation provides support and financial assistance to the families of Chicago Police Officers who were killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. 

$1,000.00

100% raised of $1,000.00 goal
Chicago Run
About

Chicago Run is a nonprofit organization that provides children and youth from pre-K through high school with fun and engaging physical activity programs regardless of age, neighborhood, or athletic ability level. We serve over 18,000 children and youth with high-quality enriching physical fitness programs. Our goal is to improve the physical fitness and social/emotional well-being of all our participants by following a Sports Based Youth Development model and using Trauma Sensitive coaches.

$100.00

10% raised of $1,000.00 goal
Chicago Survivors
About

Chicago Survivors is a non-profit organization that provides a range of services for surviving family members of Chicago homicide victims. Chicago Survivors staff members work to ensure families receive early crisis intervention, supportive counseling, advocacy, and referral services from the moment of the death notification for a period of at least six months. Chicago Survivors also supports an ongoing Community of Survivors as a means of peer support and as an avenue for constructive engagement in anti-violence efforts.

$690.00

27% raised of $2,500.00 goal
Christ the King Jesuit College Prep
About
Christ the King Jesuit College Prep, a Catholic school on Chicago’s West Side and a member of the Cristo Rey Network, challenges and inspires its young women and men through the integration of academics, work experience, and extracurricular activities to lead lives of integrity, faith, and servant leadership for the greater glory of God.  

$225.00

22% raised of $1,000.00 goal
Chi-Town GVP Summit
About
Now is the time for students and activists to come together as one and share ideas on how we can make schools and communities safer from gun violence.

$150.00

15% raised of $1,000.00 goal
The Community Builders
About

At The Community Builders we are committed to achieving positive outcomes for our developments and the people who live in them. We believe that building and sustaining strong communities helps everyone.  Together with valued partners, our work includes award-winning neighborhood transformations and pioneering commercial projects that anchor communities with grocery stores, medical centers and recreational facilities. We build, rehabilitate and sustain developments that more than 4,000 families of all incomes call home in vibrant cities, formerly distressed public housing sites and sought-after neighborhoods across the Midwest.

$0.00

0% raised of $1,000.00 goal
ConTextos
About

ConTextos uses the power of education and personal narrative to promote healing and reflection, and to foster critical thinking and dialogue. We seek to lift up the voices and insights of people affected by trauma, to challenge assumptions, and to provoke change.

$0.00

0% raised of $2,000.00 goal
Everytown Survivor Network
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Through our members in the Everytown Survivor Network, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America gives a voice to survivors and victims of gun violence. The Survivor Network works to build communities of support around the country, and many of our survivors live in the Chicago area and lead our work with community partners to stem gun violence.

$270.00

27% raised of $1,000.00 goal
Example Setters
About

The Example Setters is a community of leaders, youth, and adults who have been on the frontlines in the Chicago peace movement for 7 years. Block by block in the parks, churches, and schools. Through spoken word poetry, CPS leadership/mentoring programs, and health/wellness workshops, we have seen first hand the pain and power poverty has over this city's most underserved communities. Despite the staggering statistics, and against all odds The Example Setters found the youth of Chicago are an invaluable asset to breaking the cycle of poverty and they are key to a peaceful Chicago. We are seeking an investment in Chicago's future.

$100.00

10% raised of $1,000.00 goal
Faith Community of St. Sabina
About
The ARK of St. Sabina is a safe haven dedicated to enhancing the talents, lives and spirits of youth in the West Englewood, Auburn-Gresham and Englewood communities through education, mentoring and linkages to resources.

$1,000.00

66% raised of $1,500.00 goal
Firehouse Community Arts Center
About
The Firehouse Community Art Center has served as a safe haven for young people in the Chicago area for over a decade and has been coordinating various events and art programs dedicated to preventing and interrupting youth and young adults caught in violence. The Firehouse Community Art Center was birthed from youth and young adults in North Lawndale who attended an all youth and young adult Saturday night Hip-Hop worship service in 2003, started by Pastor Phil Jackson. Youth and young adults came from all over the community and city to engage in the arts. This prompted Pastor Phil and several partners to incorporate The Firehouse Community Art Center as a 501(c)(3) in 2006, and in 2007 they purchased the 100 year old Chicago Firehouse in North Lawndale. The Firehouse now offers year-round, multi-disciplinary cultural arts programming, mentorship, leadership and workforce development centered around the prevention and interruption of violence.

$0.00

0% raised of $1,000.00 goal
Friends of Northside College Prep
About

Please join Northside College Prep (NCP) High School by making a donation, running or walking for the Thursday, June 6 Race Against Gun Violence. We are running to honor our friend and Northside family member Emanuel Gallegos, who we lost tragically on February 25 this year. As a Strides for Peace Community Affiliate, Northside strives to augment the crucial voice of education in the ecosystem critical to achieving peace and tackling the challenge of gun violence in the City of Chicago.

As an institution for young adults, Northside uses this race as a means of fostering a productive outlet for NCP students, faculty, families and its community to do what they can to raise awareness, have constructive, peaceful dialogue and collaborate with other organizations in the race against gun violence.

$0.00

0% raised of $1,000.00 goal
Friends of Kenwood Academy
About

Friends of Kenwood Academy, aka FOKA, is a 501(c)(3) charitable membership organization of the community, school parents, family, and friends who support education and community excellence at Kenwood Academic Center and Kenwood Academy High School.

$0.00

0% raised of $1,000.00 goal
Friends of Whitney Young
About

Gun violence is a reality in our city and it's important that, as a community and a team, that students of Whitney Young support a good cause.  As the students reflect on how this may have directly (or even indirectly) affected our lives, we will use this race to bring this issue to the forefront of our minds and decide how we can be responsible citizens of Chicago and lend a hand in ridding our community of violence.

$250.00

25% raised of $1,000.00 goal
Gary Comer Youth Center
About

Gary Comer Youth Center was established in Chicago’s Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood in May 2006. Our mission is to ensure students graduate from high school prepared for college and careers. We provide a safe and supportive environment for youth after school, on weekends and during school hours. We are committed to developing the full potential, talent and skill of young people from 5th grade through college graduation. We offer programming in three primary categories: academics, enrichment and college success.

$1,000.00

20% raised of $5,000.00 goal
Guitars Over Guns Organization
About

Guitars Over Guns aims to empower youth from Miami and Chicago's most vulnerable communities through a powerful combination of music education, public performance opportunities, and mentoring relationships. Our mentors are all local, professional musicians who are trained in Social Emotional Learning best practices designed to help youth overcome hardship, find their voice, and reach their potential as leaders. During the 2019-20 school year, our team of 55 mentors served nearly 1,000 students across 20 school- and community-based sites in Chicago and Miami. 


$1,125.00

100% raised of $1,000.00 goal
Healing Hurt People - Chicago
About

Healing Hurt People-Chicago (HHP-C) is a hospital-based violence intervention program (HBVIP) launched in August 2013 as a collaboration between the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County (Stroger), The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital (Comer) and the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at Drexel University in Philadelphia (Drexel).

$100.00

10% raised of $1,000.00 goal
HelloBaby
About

HelloBaby from HelloBaby NFP on Vimeo.

HelloBaby is a not for profit organization whose mission is to support, empower and inspire families raising young children in underserved neighborhoods in Chicago.

$100.00

10% raised of $1,000.00 goal
I Grow Chicago
About

The mission of I Grow Chicago is to grow Englewood from surviving to thriving through community connection, skill building, and opportunity. 

Once abandoned and up for demolition, I Grow Chicago's Peace House now serves as a community center with events, after-school tutoring, summer camp, community yoga classes, Peace Garden, and a food and donation pantry. Nearly 15 different programs assist every generation of West Englewood with every aspect of their lives, from learning to take a deep breath before reacting to learning how to use computers. Since the Peace House opened, what was previously one of the most dangerous blocks in West Englewood has become a symbol of hope and transformation.

$1,100.00

11% raised of $10,000.00 goal
Intonation Music
About
Intonation kids explore their limitless potential by learning to play instruments and forming their own rock bands. Offered in partnership with schools, park districts, and community organizations, our year-round classes make music accessible to children by providing them with instruments, instruction, mentorship, and the chance to perform on stages across the city. Each Intonation student takes part in a personal and team approach to practice, setting goals and problem solving; and over time, they gain the confidence to take charge of their direction and seek out new experiences.

$225.00

22% raised of $1,000.00 goal
Kids Off the Block
About

Kids Off the Block (KOB) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2003 by Diane Latiker who opened her home to youth in her community to help them steer away from the negative influences they saw daily.  KOB works with youth, teens, and young adults ages 12-24 years old, offering homework help, mentoring, activities and a “safe place."

$1,000.00

100% raised of $1,000.00 goal
The Kindness Campaign
About

The Kindness Campaign creates local leaders, involved community members, engaged businesses and at-promise young adults through leadership of impact initiatives.

$1,920.00

64% raised of $3,000.00 goal
M.A.S.S. (Mothers Against Street Shootings)
About

The mission of M.A.S.S. is to ensure our children are able to go to school, play outside their homes, and return safely without fear of being a victim of gun violence.

$100.00

10% raised of $1,000.00 goal
Metropolitan Family Services
About

Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857 Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers Chicago-area families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities.

$0.00

0% raised of $1,000.00 goal
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
About

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) serves as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action. NOBLE has nearly 60 chapters and represents over 3,000 members worldwide that represent law enforcement officials of all ranks from federal, state, county, municipal law enforcement agencies, criminal justice practitioners and concerned citizens.  The Chicago Chapter focuses on promoting positive interactions with the community in the greater Chicagoland area, providing educational, recreational and social outlets, especially for youth and the elderly.  From skating parties; athletic events; senior brunches; father-daughter dances; poetry slams; plays and golf outings to training sessions for those hoping to become police officers and our Law in the Community program; NOBLE CHICAGO is there to fill the need where we find it while offering guidance and support to our members who seek advancement in their careers.

$100.00

10% raised of $1,000.00 goal
NeighborScapes
About

NeighborScapes is a non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen the physical and social fabric of neighborhoods, and to create a covenant of care, enrichment and development for young people. 

$100.00

2% raised of $5,000.00 goal
Neighbor to Neighbor Literacy Project NFP
About
Neighbor to Neighbor Literacy Project, (N2N), is a 501(c)3 entity that promotes equal access to free books and sparks neighborhood engagement around the joy of reading.  We do this by installing book exchange boxes in Chicago's parks and neighborhoods and offering interactive programs and creative activities to advance literacy development.  With our citywide book sharing network we encourage collaboration and interaction between neighborhoods as a means to break down barriers and nurture hope and resiliency in Chicago. 

$1,650.00

55% raised of $3,000.00 goal
New Community Outreach
About

New Community Outreach is a community based, non-profit organization committed to the healing, reconciliation, and building up of Chicago’s greater Bronzeville youth and community through restorative justice. We work collaboratively with residents and organizations of the South Side of Chicago to mitigate the impact and reduce the causes of physical and emotional trauma and raise the opportunities for community equity and individual flourishing. Our work prioritizes partnerships with organizations and schools, such as Jackie Robinson Elementary, Dyett High School, the Bronzeville Community Action Council, Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention, and other local and city-wide organizations. Building on the relationships of our leadership and board of directors as well as the ministry of New Community Covenant Church, we lead restorative justice programing for high school students, maintain a community garden in order to provide fresh produce to our neighbors through distributions, and host a community-wide back-to-school fair annually among other neighborhood initiatives! We remain present at the intersection of trauma and hope, working collaboratively with our community, to achieve a more just society.

$5,983.00

29% raised of $20,000.00 goal
New Life Centers of Chicagoland
About

We are neighborhood based centers that connect youth and young adults with Christ and Community through mentoring, education, sports, street outreach, and food distribution.

New Life Centers of Chicagoland was established in 2005 to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction, out of the school to prison pipeline and providing meaningful paths to lives of nonviolence. We walk with about 5,000 families across 4 historically disinvested neighborhoods of Chicago. We aim to see youth and families transformed by hope, becoming young adults of character creating a flourishing, unified neighborhood.

$1,000.00

4% raised of $25,000.00 goal
Open Books
About
Open Books is a participating in the Race Against Gun Violence because we see our work to engage young people in reading and writing programs, while building confidence and self-efficacy around those skills, as part of a our city's effort to prevent gun violence. Through extracurricular engagement and efforts going toward academic confidence, we make an indirect impact on gun violence issues throughout our city. Our students have thoughtful mentors and coaches that care about them, and we see those relationships as vital to building communication and storytelling skills as well. Finally, we see the Race Against Gun Violence as an amazing opportunity to engage our volunteer corps, students, and community leaders to come out and support Open Books, as well as learn more about all of the organizations doing the direct and indirect work it takes to prevent gun violence in Chicago. 

$4,065.00

20% raised of $20,000.00 goal
Paving the Way
About

The Greater Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church's "Paving The Way Project” serves as a voice for the Washington Park community, as an outreach program for violence prevention, and as a bridge between public service personnel and the public in hopes of building a safer and stronger community. 

$1,275.00

100% raised of $1,000.00 goal
Peace Call
About

Peace Call is a violence reduction program focused on public health. Since one of our biggest public health issues is the violence on our streets today, to help lower the rate of violent incidents, we have created a new program called Peace Call. It's sole purpose is to stop violent acts from occurring.

$100.00

10% raised of $1,000.00 goal
PepRally Takeover
About
Pep Rally Takeover was created to target the youth, addressing a variety of topics that concern & effect students in their school environment and community. Our goal is to bridge the gap between students and teachers through music.

$1,175.00

23% raised of $5,000.00 goal
Pride ROC
About
Our mission is to end violence in Chicago by refining those at its core through integrated, trauma-informed Passages.

$100.00

4% raised of $2,500.00 goal
Purpose Over Pain
About
Purpose Over Pain is a nonprofit advocacy and support group for parents who have lost their children to gun violence.

$300.00

10% raised of $3,000.00 goal
READI Chicago
About

We relentlessly engage men who are most highly impacted by gun violence, and connect them to paid transitional jobs, cognitive behavioral therapy, and support services.

$150.00

15% raised of $1,000.00 goal
SaveMoneySaveLife
About

SaveMoneySaveLife aims to provide vital resources to those who need it most. Our mission is to foster civic action through arts and entertainment, facilitating sustainable change.

$0.00

0% raised of $1,000.00 goal
Strengthening Chicago's Youth
About

Strengthening Chicago's Youth (SCY) is Chicago's largest violence prevention collaborative and a catalyst for innovation convened by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Our mission is to connect and mobilize our community around a public health approach to violence prevention. We encourage partnerships that strengthen existing efforts so our youth can reach their full potential.

$100.00

10% raised of $1,000.00 goal
Target Area
About
Here at Target Area, we are awakening the spirit of leadership as a regional grassroots social justice organization with two offices in Illinois and sister organizations in Indiana, Michigan, and South Africa. We are building power in communities to solve stubborn problems using Research, Organizing, Mobilization, and Education (ROME).

$0.00

0% raised of $1,000.00 goal
Timothy Community Corporation
About

The mission of Timothy Community Corporation (TCC) is to strengthen the community by Connecting, Sharing and Serving; providing the individual opportunities to grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Timothy Community Corporation will be an incubator for resources. This incubator will serve as a warm, inviting environment that drives individuals to impact the community. Those touched by TCC will be strengthened through a process of learning, healing, and serving.

$100.00

10% raised of $1,000.00 goal
True Star Media
About
True Star is a media company that provides real world work experience to youth through the development of their own media.

True Star Foundation operates a unique model that holds weekly after-school, in-school and summer programming in which students are educated about a variety of disciplines in the media industry. Students not only learn about the profession, they actually work cooperatively to produce professional-quality work.

$0.00

0% raised of $1,000.00 goal
Urban Alliance
About
Urban Alliance empowers underserved youth to aspire, work, and succeed through paid internships, professional training, and mentoring.

$100.00

10% raised of $1,000.00 goal
West Town Bikes
About

West Town Bikes aims to promote bicycling in the City of Chicago, to educate youth with a focus on under-served populations, and to foster and serve Chicago’s growing bicycling community. Year-round bike based youth programs offering instruction in bike building and mechanics, bike safety and nutrition and active lifestyle choices. The program also teaches science concepts, environmental awareness, personal responsibility and citizenship.

$1,000.00

20% raised of $5,000.00 goal
Work Foundation
About
We are providing athletic training, academic support, & social emotional invention to student-athletics that will prepare them for the next level.

$0.00

0% raised of $3,000.00 goal
Youth Guidance
About

At Youth Guidance, we believe that no matter what challenges a young person faces, they are more likely to succeed when they have many caring adults in their lives. Our highly trained staff works directly with schools, parents and families to meet kids where they are—physically within schools, socially and emotionally—and help them break cycles of violence, overcome life and academic obstacles, make positive choices, and remain on the right path towards life success.

$100.00

1% raised of $7,500.00 goal
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