Strides For Peace - 2020 Race Against Gun Violence Fundraiser
Event Fundraiser: Strides For Peace - 2020 Race Against Gun Violence
Strides for Peace created the Race Against Gun Violence (RAGV) with the goal to build capacity, promote collaboration and choose hope. The RAGV is the rallying point to raise funds for and awareness about what is being done to end gun violence and build Chicago’s future. Especially during this time of Covid-19, RAGV provides a dynamic platform for runners to build a virtual community, “visit” neighborhoods across Chicago and connect directly with community organizations to learn about and support their work.
You can choose to support Strides for Peace, which organizes the race and provides direct financial support and programming to nonprofits working on the frontlines, or you can directly support one of the participating organizations listed below.
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
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.
Automotive Mentoring Group
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.
The BASE Chicago
Bright Star Community Outreach
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.
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.
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 Adventure Therapy
CHAMPS Mentoring Program
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.
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.
Join our team. Donate. Share.
#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
Christ the King Jesuit College
The Community Builders
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.
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 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.
Faith Community of St. Sabina
Firehouse Community Art Center
Friends of Northside College Prep
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.
Friends of Kenwood Academy
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.
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.
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.
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.
I Grow Chicago
The mission of I Grow Chicago is to grow Englewood from surviving to thriving through community connection, skill building, and opportunity.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Thankful for Chicago
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.
True Star 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.
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.
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.