Fall Fashion Show marks the end of summer workshops

Keeping people inspired one workshop at a time. The Port Ministries of Chicago knows the importance of keeping its community inspired, and it did exactly that this summer with a grant from the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities.     Port Ministries is located in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, and it […]

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Summer camp blends art for kids and job readiness for teens

  Ladies of Virtue (LOV) Founder Jamila Trimuel instills virtuous characteristics in young women and prepares them for college, career and adulthood. However, for Summer 2017, Trimuel was determined to create a program that focused on arts, culture and job readiness for young women and men in underserved communities.   “We already had the partnerships […]

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Little Village teens train, run together

It was an active and busy summer for the Little Village teenagers who joined Chicago Run for a seven-week camp that provided training for the young men and women to run – and finish – the Lung Run 5K.   With funding from the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities and in partnership with […]

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Jardincito: Little Village´s little green space

“Little garden, big dreams.”   Do not let Jardincito´s name – little garden – fool you, because the garden community council has big plans for this green space. Located in Little Village, it is one of the few green spaces in this Southwest neighborhood.   Jardincito Nature Play Garden community member Sara Cortés says the […]

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Dancing For Peace In Englewood

“We wanted to do something that almost anybody could do that would be fun and positive. We wanted to let kids show what they are capable of doing if they are given the opportunity.”  – Pierre Lockett   Englewood, located on Chicago’s South Side, is a community often overshadowed by relentless gang violence that leads […]

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Mentor Teacher Brother

Creating defining moments in the lives of at-risk, high-school students   Mentor Teacher Brother is an organization with a clear motto: Leaders of Today Working to Preserve a Better Tomorrow. Located in the West Pullman neighborhood, its goal is to create defining moments for at-risk high school students and help them find their way to […]

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Margaret Village’s Block Party attracts young and old to 73rd and Yale

“We want people to re-think what’s normal. Nonviolence is normal.” – Geri Kerger, Margaret’s Village     Development Director Geri Kerger paused to catch her breath. She had been in the midst of describing the activities – the many, many activities – that comprised her organization’s September Safe and Peaceful Chicago block party, and the list […]

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