Friday, November 11, 2011

Violence Prevention Initiative Awarded to the West Garfield Park Community
In July 2011, Fathers Who Care was awarded a $300,000 grant from the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority to provide violence prevention programs and activities for youth between the ages of 10 to 24 years of age. The mission of the program is to nurture youth growth and development by cultivating youth organizing, leadership development and advocacy amongst our youth to help combat youth violence their volatile behaviors. Fathers Who Care will provide direct service response initiatives or medium to high risk youth living within the West Garfield Park community.
Through IVPA’s Safety Net Works program Fathers Who Care along with other West Garfield Park community partners and sub-contractors will provide a variety of youth activities, services and programs that include youth mentoring, after-school and recreational programs, youth life-skills development, tutoring, computer literacy, substance abuse and mental health counseling as well as case management services. Fathers Who Care serves as the lead agency for this violence prevention initiative with sub-contracting partners that include; Habilitative Systems Inc., I AM ABLE, Saving Our Sons and United for Better Living.
The West Garfield Park Safety Net Works Coalition also has a youth council designed to give youth the opportunity to voice their opinions, concerns and comments regarding violence within their community and ways they can work together to promote non-violence through a positive and interactive youth council. West Garfield Park Safety Net Works is seeking young people between the ages of 14 to 24 to serve on its youth council.
For more information, to volunteer or participate in our violence preventions initiatives in the West Garfield Park community, please contact Ms. Dionne Blackwell, Project Coordinator at 773-287-5821.

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