Urban Life Skills
ULS is an intensive, community-based mentoring program for youth ages 12 to 19 in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. There are two target demographics of the ULS program: gang-involved youth on probation, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community agencies. Serving these two populations allows ULS to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to identified community needs.
Girls like me project
Girls Like Me seeks to liberate urban African-American girls ages 11-16 through our self discovery programming which helps them overcome stigmas and negative stereotypes to become influential, independent digital-storytellers. Their power is in equipping girls with the tools that transform communities and foster global sisterhood.
Precious blood ministry of reconciliation
PBMR, inspired by Christ’s mission of reconciliation works as agents of reconciliation and healing with those in their community and Church who have been impacted by violence and conflict. Their ministries reach out to the victim, the wrongdoer, and the community to create a safe space where healing can begin and where people can find the support and encouragement needed to begin reconciliation.
Youth Advocate Programs
YAP is a nationally recognized, nonprofit organization exclusively committed to the provision of community-based alternatives to out-of-home care through direct service, advocacy and policy change. They provide safe, cost-effective services to youth and families involved in numerous systems, including the Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, Education and Adult Systems.
By the Hand Club for Kids
By The Hand is committed to serving children from the most under-resourced, dangerous neighborhoods. They work closely with school principals to identify those who are most likely to drop out—those who are failing and in critical need of intervention. Typically, these students are not meeting reading standards and they often have significant hardships that require special attention to overcome. By the Hand’s vision is to help each one of these children experience abundant and everlasting life.
River City Community Development Corporation
R City CDC brings together the best of Chicago to build a path for families to walk from cradle to career to the glory of God. Serving one of Chicago's most violent police beats, their leaders invest hours, days, and years building trusted relationships to link their youth to a broader network of support. With the help of all, they provide educational and apprenticeship programming to bring their youth successfully into their calling.
Young Men’s Educational Network (YMEN)
YMEN is an effective and dynamic youth leadership organization that was established to address academic and social needs that cripple the futures of our African American young men. Offering 30 different programs, 7 days a week, YMEN provides year-round engagement and a sense of belonging to youth beginning in the 6th grade and continuing through college.
Year Up empowers low-income young adults to go from poverty to professional careers in a single year. Their mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.
Lawndale Christian Legal Center
LCLC walks youth through — and away from — the criminal justice system to become good citizens and leaders of the community. They offer zealous and competent criminal defense legal services, compassionate social health services, and faithful loving mentors who walk with their youth on their life’s path. LCLC serves youth involved with the criminal justice system, age 24 and younger, in North Lawndale.
Inner city impact
ICI works with children and teens in urban neighborhoods where the challenges of daily life severely affect their ability to pursue healthy and happy childhoods. They develop programs where kids can feel safe, be engaged in wholesome activities, build healthy relationships, expand their self-worth, and develop the life skills they need to move confidently toward a better future.
Grip Outreach for Youth
Grip’s mission is to break the fatherless cycle through Christ-centered, Life-on-Life relationships. They strive to create a network of support for our youth, not simply by serving them and their families in the home, but also by partnering with local churches in our outreach programs, and by having a presence in the public schools, where our youth spend the majority of their time.
Sunshine Gospel Ministries
The mission of Sunshine Gospel Ministries is to seek the renewal of the city through ministries of discipleship, mercy, and justice. They seek to empower youth and families to thrive and lead prosperous, healthy lives through connectedness, opportunity, and economic sustainability.
Institute of Nonviolence
Through the teachings of Dr. King, Nonviolence Chicago infuses high doses of nonviolence through community members and role models to change the prevalence and status quo of violence. Using a collaborative community-based approach founded on the theories and practices of nonviolence and relationship building, Nonviolence Chicago works with the highest risk ("in-risk") individuals and the communities in which they live.