Paving The Way: A Chicago Community Project
“Paving The Way: A Chicago Community Project” is a series of educational forums and programs aimed at sharing information with participants as a way to prevent violence and increase community relations among residents in the Washington Park Area and beyond. Further, the “Paving The Way Project” serves as a voice for the community, functioning as an outreach program for violence prevention and intervention, a bridge between public service personnel and the public they serve, and the building up of our neighborhoods.
- Provide information for alternative life choices in the lives of participating youth and young adults.
- Provide information and programming for transitioning from a gang lifestyle.
- Provide exposure to positive people, experiences and opportunities.
- Build relationships with troubled and/or at-risk youth.
- Create a safe space for participants to share their cares and concerns truthfully and authentically (i.e. building communities and being a voice to participants, employment, police interaction, etc.).
- Develop a core identity and sense of belonging to a part of a larger active non-violent lifestyle movement (i.e. building a community with accountability).
- Increase parent involvement and participation in the lives of their children.
- Equip participants with life skills (i.e. finance management, investing, building of skill sets, etc.).
- Community re-engagement.
Upcoming Forums and Programs:
- Get Home Safely – What to Do When Stopped by the Police
- DaddyHunger – Growing Up Without a Father
- ThugLife & Real Life – Getting out of the Gang
- Rites of Passage – Initiation into Manhood and Leadership Development
- Dear Momma – Single Mothers Raising Boys
- FutureProfits – How Money Works
- Restoring Justice through Restorative Justice
- Employment, Resume, and Interviewing Workshops
- Substance Abuse and Addiction Programs
Paving the Way needs your help to support their series of educational forums and programs. Funds raised help prevent violence and increase community relations among residents in the Washington Park Area and beyond.