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After School Matters Peacemakers
September 7, 2017
More than 1,100 teens participated in the brand-new After School Matters Peacemakers initiative during summer 2017.
Powered by Chicago CRED with a curriculum and training developed by the Civic Leadership Foundation, this six-week program provided meaningful experiences for more than 1,100 Chicago teens to counter violence through positive contributions to their communities. Teens learned about the peace-building process, reflected on their communities, recognized their potential as peacemakers, and designed a project to implement within their neighborhoods to spread the message of peace.
Teens created 47 different projects, ranging from books of teen poems to creating care packages for the homeless to a photo gallery about life on the South Side of Chicago. View the below photo gallery to learn about some of their peace projects.
“This program created a lot of opportunities, not just for the summer, but for the future. Our instructor was always giving us best practices to promote peace. I feel like that’s a great thing and more people should experience it. ”
— Jevan J., 17, Englewood
Through the Peacemakers Initiative, 21 community areas were impacted by peace projects.
Because of the support of Chicago CRED, these 1,100 teens had incredible experiences within and beyond their neighborhood.
On August 2, more than 1,000 teens in the Peacemakers and CAPS program initiatives attended a White Sox game at Guaranteed Rate Field, thanks to the generosity of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago CRED. A select group of teens had the chance to go on the field before the game and yell “play ball!” Watch this video to hear about the experience from teens!
On August 7, representatives from each of the 47 After School Matters Peacemakers programs showcased their summer projects at a peace fair on Daley Plaza. Teens shared their vision for peace and the steps their program took toward that goal with hundreds of community members. Two more programs joined the celebration with dance performances on the plaza.
Thank you Chicago CRED, Civic Leadership Foundation,
Chicago White Sox, and all of our more than 1,100 teen…