|Teen participants in the HELP project join Commissioner Richard Boykin in showing off the Chill Austin poster they helped design|
to combat violence in their community. (Photo by Brad)
The Cook County Justice Advisory Council (JAC) awards grants in the areas of Violence Prevention, Recidivism Reduction, and Restorative Justice. The JAC seeks to address the needs of those who have had contact with the juvenile/adult criminal justice systems and prevent further system involvement through intervention.
On Saturday, December 17, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin personally visited the Peer Leadership training site at West Side Health Authority to congratulate the youth Peer Health Educators and to attend the rollout of the Communication Campaign. The HELP Initiative is one phase of the Chill Austin strategy to equip youth and families with the skill set to resolve conflict and confront angry emotions before they lead to violent activity. This is phase 2 of the HELP Initiative; the phase 1 or pilot component was launched in 2013 and was supported by a $25,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services. Youth participants for the core group were selected from dance team Final Xplosion and West Side Health Authority.
For more information about The Prevention Partnership, Inc. HELP Initiative or the Justice Advisory Council of Cook County’s Violence Prevention Programs, contact Al Orsello at 773/378-4195, ext. 16.