Puerto Rican youth, police officers unite over arts and music

  This past August, the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance (PRAA) brought teenagers and police officers together for a barbecue event at the Humboldt Park beach. The officers (from the Puerto Rican Police Association and the Hispanic Illinois State Law Enforcement Association) and the students (from PRAA´s Latin Music Project and the Studio Arts Program) had […]

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A space to build hope

“Restoring hope and giving life to their dreams and aspirations.” –  Khadija Warfield   A space where women and girls can discuss their feelings and alleviate some of the stresses of living in a violent community. A space where they’re given the freedom to imagine what a positive future for themselves and their communities could […]

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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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