Nearly 1900 youth of the city of Chicago will be offered the opportunity to become apart of the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. The Neighborhood Recovery Initiative is a project that is being offered through Governor Quinn's office to help stop the violence that flood the city of Chicago which heavily involve the youth. 20 communities in the city of Chicago and 3 communities in the South Suburbs are granted the ability to hire 80 youth and 16 mentors that will engage in positive dialogue with their peers and business owners throughout Chicago communities with positive messages that will make people aware of the change that is needed in their own community. Subjects like peer pressure, mental wellness, drug use, STD's, and gun violence will be covered by way of the youth. The service will be provided as apart of the Neighborhood Violence Prevention Authority and 23 non-profit organizations have been funded for this project and are currently looking to hire youth and mentors in order to complete the project successfully.
There are four components that will be covered in this initiative which entail mentor plus jobs, health initiatives, school base counseling and re-entry services for ex-offenders. The main goal is to give the youth the opportunity to build on their social and work skills, help stop the violence through out Chicago, but as well to help the youth to succeed academically. This project will also provide adults the opportunity to help the youth with the mission and to give ex-offenders the ability to re-enter into the work force. The hiring process has already begun but still more youth and mentors are needed to fulfil the NRI's mission.
As the violence continues to rise amongst the youth, many agencies are willing to help make a change through this initiative in order to keep the youth busy with a positive message in 23 communities throughout Chicago. So, if you and your child are looking to help make a positive change please contact one of the agencies below in order to get started to build a better Chicago. Below are the names and numbers of the agencies that are looking to get the youth employeed and engage in a positive way this summer. The youth and mentors will begin to provide this great service to their communities starting May 9, 2011 and again, the hire process has already begun.
Albany Park Community Center
Catholic Bishop of Chicago – St. Sabina
Circle Family HealthCare Network
Pilsen Wellness Center
Corazon Community Services
East Garfield Park
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
Children’s Home and Aid
Chicago Area Project (CAP)
Greater Grand Crossing
Greater Auburn Gresham Development
Alliance of Local Service Organizations (ALSO)
Village of Maywood
Organization of the North East
Community Assistance Programs
Black United Fund of Illinois, Inc.
West Chicago (Gage Park, Chicago Lawn)
Southwest Youth Collaborative
West Garfield Park
Chicago Area Project
The Woodlawn Organization
Bremen Township and part of Bloom Township
Grand Prairie Services
Rich Township and part of Bloom Township
Southland Health Care Forum
Healthcare Consortium of Illinois