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Paving the Way

Paving the Way
Greater Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church
109 East 53rd Street
Chicago, IL 60615-3303

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Strides for Peace Supports:

Summer Cool Down, Back to School, Community Corners

Strides for Peace provides support for Paving the Way to bring old-fashioned fun and much needed community-building and resources to Washington Park. PTW works all year round to diffuse tension, build bridges and provide a safe and welcoming place for those who want to stop the violence.

About Paving the Way

Paving The Way: A Chicago Community Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliated with Greater Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church, which offers 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. Additionally, 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.
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