Our story has never been about a single organization, but the collective actions of our partners and friends, and
the power of working together for a common cause.
Throughout the summer, as part of our Choose Hope series, we’ve gone to the communities facing the greatest challenges,
to spotlight the organizations working at the intersection of gun violence, Covid-19 and racial injustice.
We’ve put a spotlight on the people who lift up each other’s work, find ways to dig deep and Choose Hope no matter the odds.
They show us the power of believing in our communities and living hope through action.
Their leadership and inspiration are essential to our collective efforts to build peace in Chicago.
You can view Choose Hope highlights here, or scroll down to see the full videos featuring The BASE, BUILD, CHAMPS, I Grow Chicago, Kids Off The Block, M.A.S.S., New Life Centers, Paving the Way, Target Area Development Corp, and West Town Bikes.
Choose Hope: RESILIENCE
Meet Frank and Eric who lead The BASE Chicago in West Garfield Park, home to some of Chicago’s highest concentrations of gun violence exist.
Choose Hope: HEART
Covid-19 may have changed everything, but that’s not stopping BUILD from providing summer camp to the young people in Austin. Meet Adam, who shares why it’s so important for us to hold the “light” even in times of enormous uncertainty.
Choose Hope: EMPOWERMENT
Meet Vondale, founder of C.H.A.M.P.S. (Culturally Helping and Making Positive Success) who hasn’t missed a Saturday mentoring boys and young men in over seven years.
Choose Hope: FAITH
Meet Diane Latiker, founder of Kids Off the Block, and discover why she never gives up on the kids on her block.
Choose Hope: FAMILY
M.A.S.S. (Mothers Against Street Shooters) was birthed in response to a street shooting in Englewood that killed the best friend of founder Dionne’s daughter, leaving the community devastated.
Choose Hope: TOGETHER
Meet New Life Centers serving the Little Village, Humboldt Park, Brighton Park and Midway communities. Their work centers on being stronger together and seeing people through their darkest hours.
Choose Hope: PAVING THE WAY
Meet Antonio, founder of Paving the Way, who “paved” his way out of a gang and now is giving back to the community and doing all he can to “keep the kids smiling and safe.”
Choose Hope: CARE
What drives Autry and the team at Target Area Development Corp? “If we can save just one life, than we know we’ve had a great day.”
Choose Hope: GROWTH
What do bikes have to do with creating a Chicago where all can thrive? Ask West Town Bikes Executive Director Alex, and he’ll tell you it’s really “about community — how can we invest in communities to make them a better place, a healthier place, a safer place.”