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Strides for Peace
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.
Advocate Trauma Recovery Center
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.
After School Matters Inc.
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 2019, After School Matters provided nearly 19,000 teens with high-quality after-school and summer programs in arts, communications & leadership, sports, and STEM.
The BASE Chicago
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.
Beyond Athletics Chicago
Beyond Athletics Chicago is one of the most innovative programs within Chicago that intentionally focuses on personal developmental and mental health awareness as its core values. We aim to positively influence our communities, educational environments, and various neighborhoods that can benefit from our services.
Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Complex problems require big thinking and teamwork. Brady's programs unite people of all kinds, to address all forms of gun violence. When we work together, we can solve our biggest challenges. These programs save lives.
BUILD is a nationally respected gang intervention, violence prevention, and youth development organization
based on Chicago's West Side. We work to save lives and mentor young people who live in the city's most
Our mission is to inspire hope and offer opportunities so youth facing systemic obstacles can achieve
Our services reach over 2,500 youth a year helping them build hope, resilience, and a path to a promising future.
CHAMPS Mentoring Program
The 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. CHAMPS stands for Culturally Helping and Making Positive Success, and is a group mentoring program for boys and young men of color. Framed around Social Emotional Learning (SEL), violence prevention, and cultural relevance, CHAMPS delivers programming to support the development of positive racial identities and to provide youth with an optimistic view on education, their lives, and their family. CHAMPS works in schools and on weekends to bring young men in contact with positive male role models and expose them to new experiences, careers and ways of thinking.
Chicago Adventure Therapy
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.
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation
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.
Chicago Police Memorial Foundation
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.
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.
Chicago Survivors is a social service provider of multi-cultural services to family members who have lost a loved one to homicide in Chicago. Through a full range of services, including immediate crisis response, family trauma-informed counseling and criminal justice advocacy, we empower families to live beyond their extreme loss.
When the unthinkable happens, we'll be there.
Our Crisis Responders arrive at the scene or hospital within hours of a homicide to help survivor families cope and take the next steps. They provide information on the family's crime victim rights, including rights in funeral planning.
Our licensed Youth Clinical Counselors are specifically trained to provide therapy to children who have been severely traumatized. The Youth Clinical Counselors triage, support children, teens, and parents as they process their experience and fast-track referral of children who are severely traumatized.
Through Supportive Counseling, our Family Support Specialists provide coping skill-building to family members following their loss, including exercises in self-awareness, meditation and relaxation, stress reduction, anger management, assistance with insomnia, and other effects of violent loss.
In Illinois, the immediate surviving family members related to a homicide victim are crime victims too. This means you are entitled by law to respect, information, and services. Chicago Survivors is here to guide you through this experience. Our services are free, voluntary, and open to family members of Chicago homicide victims.
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#WHYIRUN - Abby, Chicago Survivors' Crisis Responder
Our website https://chicagosurvivors.org/
Youtube - Watch 'Survivors on Loss and Everyday Violence': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4pdMF6BwSg
Children's Place Association
We believe all children – regardless of health or economic status – should have the opportunity to lead their best lives.
For more than 30 years, Children's Place Association has partnered with local government agencies, community groups and businesses to build a better tomorrow for Chicago's most vulnerable children – those challenged by health disparities, poverty, neighborhood violence and racial injustice. Our comprehensive services stabilize vulnerable children and strengthen families so they can build a more promising future.
Christ the King Jesuit College
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.
Crater Big Brother Mentor Program
The Crater Big Brother Mentor Program (CBBMP) is a mentoring program endeavoring to make a difference in the lives of youth between the ages of 8-18, as well as the community, by providing mentorship, educational opportunities and life skills.
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.
Everytown Survivor Network
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.
The E.Y.E. LEAD Promise is E.Y.E. LEAD's commitment to its student participants to see them through their chosen pathway in life, whether that's college, a trade, or workforce development.
E.Y.E. LEAD provides lifelong programming, mentorship and support to all of its participants, through all stages of life.
E.Y.E. LEAD provides programming through its collaboration with community partners to provide holistic professional and personal development.
E.Y.E. LEAD Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. All donations are tax deductible.
Faith Community of St. Sabina
Firehouse Community Art Center
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.
Friends of Whitney Young
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.
Future Ties, NFP
Future Ties provides homework help and after school activities five days per week, as well as a summer camp when school is not in session.
Hundreds of kids participate in Future Ties’s programming each year, which includes field trips to places like the beach and a roller skating rink, arts and crafts, guest speakers, and movie nights. The academic mentorship that Future Ties provides helps young people achieve grades and test scores high enough to be admitted to test-in high schools around the city.
Gary Comer Youth Center
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.
Girls in the Game
Our mission to enable every girl to find her voice, discover her strength, and lead with confidence through sports, health, and leadership programs is amplified and as critical as ever. Empowering these voices to speak up is a step towards generational change and a step towards creating a level playing field. Our commitment to a diverse, inclusive and just society is an active one, embedded in 26 years of programming that now seeks to improve through a greater commitment to active listening, a resolute commitment to those diverse voices that help to inform it and to stand up for those who need us.
Guitars Over Guns Organization
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.
Healing Hurt People Chicago
Healing Hurt People-Chicago (HHP-C) is a hospital and community based violence intervention program launched in August 2013 as a collaboration between the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, The University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital and the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
The Hustle Mommies movement is dedicated to ensuring that moms in urban, inner city environments voices are heard and that we build our communities up as moms dedicated to uplifting urban families. We focus on five focus areas which are emotional wellness, effective parenting, urban education for the urban family, career and entrepreneurial development and curing gun violence to protect urban families. Our initiative PAINT THE ORANGE was designed to be led by the newly assembled Hustle Mommies Task Force where we are dedicated to raising awareness about inner city gun violence by amplifying the voices of moms (and dads) who have lost their kids/significant others to inner city gun violence.
I AM A GENTLEMAN
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.
Kids Off the Block
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."
The Kindness Campaign
We envision a future where compassion is at the core of all human interaction.
We envision a future where compassion is at the core of all human interaction.
The Kindness Campaign implements fearless approaches to initiate social change and improvement by taking risks on new ideas and approaches, partnering "across lines" with people and stakeholders that share our belief to engage people and change the community for the better, today. We provide services for all sectors with a set of core values that drive our initiatives:
Metropolitan Family Services
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.
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
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.
NeighborScapes is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to strengthen the physical and social fabric of neighborhoods, while creating a covenant of care, enrichment and development for young people.
One of our main projects for 2022 is our Innovation House Program. Innovation Houses are repurposed vacant homes occupied by Community-Building Fellows (CBFs). CBFs enjoy affordable room rentals in Innovation Houses and commit to 10 hours each month of community engagement. The goal is to transform neighborhoods of concentrated distress by participating in community change.
Neighbor to Neighbor Literacy Project NFP
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're installing little free library Book Boxes right on the blocks where people live, work, and play to ensure everyone, no matter the zip code or circumstance, has books and essential literacy resources so they can read, grow, and thrive! Our interactive programs and creative activities help spark family engagement around the joy of storytelling. With our citywide book sharing network we are encouraging collaboration and interaction between neighborhoods as a means to break down barriers and nurture hope and resiliency in Chicago.
Never Forget Chicago
New Community Outreach
New Community Outreach creates restorative spaces for healing, reconciliation and flourishing. We are a community based, non-profit organization committed to Bronzeville’s youth and community. We collaborate with residents and organizations on the South Side of Chicago to provide programs, host events and respond to community-identified opportunities.
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 envision a Bronzeville where youth and other community members meet trauma with restorative justice in order to renew the relationships (with ourselves, our neighbors, and our environments) which lead to our individual and collective flourishing.
New Life Centers of Chicagoland
Within each community we serve, New Life Centers seeks to empower this generation to transform the next. Listening to our neighbors’ stories and requests, we work alongside community partners to create solutions that fit our neighborhood. We desire to host Centers to which neighbors can continually come with needs or ideas that transform their community. We envision a city where joyful, productive families, supported by the community, equip youth and neighbors with the vision and skills to live in fullness of life.
Patrick Lives On
PATRICK LIVES ON…is a group of loving and determined citizens taking a stand in support of the safety of all school-age children in the Chicagoland area.
Patrick Lives On provides financial assistance to junior high school students for extra-curricular activities enabling them to lead positive and productive paths in life.
The Patrick Boswell Courage Award has been established for Chicago Metro 8th graders to encourage and reward students who resist violence.
The Patrick Lives On message is distributed through the production of Public Service Announcements, Anti-Violence and Inspirational-themed Short-Films, and Charity Fundraising Events designed to drive community and corporate awareness.
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.
Paving the Way Project Inc.
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.
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.
We are creating leaders, strengthening character, seeking to end violence and generational poverty in urban areas. Some of our greatest assets reside in blighted neighborhoods. Our goal is to nurture these human resources and provide them with positive and consistent adult interactions. We focus on building their self-esteem, equipping them with the skills necessary to make appropriate life choices and exposing them to new opportunities. We cannot do this alone. Explore our website to find out how you can help.
Ring of Hope
Strengthening Chicago's Youth
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.
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).
The Therapeutic Trap
Here at The Therapeutic Trap, we aim to create a safe space that serves as a healing outlet for adolescents and young adults who have experienced traumatic events. More specifically, we focus on using creativity as a healing technique in hopes of reducing the prevalence of PTSD development throughout urban and inner-city areas. We do this by creating events for Chicago youth that are centered around healing in unique ways.
Timothy Community Corporation
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.
United Power for Action and Justice - Gun Safety Consortium
United Power for Action and Justice
United Power for Action and Justice is a non-partisan community organization composed of 40 religious congregations, not-for-profit groups, hospitals, health centers and civic organizations from across Cook County. Our member organizations represent over 250,000 people — families, people of a variety of faiths, participants in secular community organizations — who live and work in the City of Chicago and the Cook County suburbs. Our volunteer leaders are our backbone; they are concerned citizens who consult with neighbors, shape goals and strategy to address pressing social problems and pressure people in power to seek positive, creative solutions. https://www.united-power.org/
Gun Safety Consortium (GSC)
The GSC's primary goal is to decrease the number of gun deaths and injuries by reducing the number of unsecured guns in America. Studies show that more than half of gun-owning households in the country fail to keep all their guns secure. One main reason is the lack of reliable, secure, quick-access locking devices. These unsecured guns have deadly consequences:
- An estimated 400,000 guns are stolen each year from homes, vehicles, and businesses.
- Unsecured guns are used in thousands of suicides each year and in hundreds of accidental shootings by children. Sixty percent of gun deaths every year are suicides; the majority of guns used in suicides by youth are owned by relatives who left the firearms unsecured.
One reason gun owners cite for not securing their weapons is the perceived trade-off between securing a gun and accessing it quickly. Until recently there were few products, if any, that allowed for both. New ready-access locking and storage devices create the possibility that millions more gun owners will secure their weapons. The GSC is working with entrepreneurs/developers to test products and bring to market locking systems that gun owners will consistently use in order to reduce harm. The Gun Safety Consortium is backed by gun enthusiasts as well as gun violence prevention advocates. This approach will bridge the current partisan divide by focusing on what we can all agree upon: gun safety and gun ownership responsibility. https://www.gunsafetyconsortium.org/
West Town Bikes
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.
The Wingspan Project
It is our misstion to make mental health and related services available to underserved, marginalized, and/or disenfranchised people through organizational and individual capacity building. We are most notably dedicated to supporting services to people who have experienced discrimination and stigma and to those whose identities are particularly vulnerable to systems of oppression.
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.