Bring hope to Chicago’s youth

today…

THE PROBLEM:

Childhood Trauma, Poverty, Racism & Fatherlessness

641 youth ages 21 years and under have been killed in Chicago in the last 5 years. This is a staggering statistic that hits close to home as the majority of our GRIP youth come from neighborhoods where 90% of the homicides in Chicago have occurred. Imagine the fear and the trauma that comes from not only hearing gunshots in your neighborhood but also losing people close to you on a regular basis. 

And the list goes on:

  • 200,000 youth under the age of 18 in Chicago live in poverty.
  • 90% of teens in gangs come from fatherless homes.
  • People who have experienced trauma are 15 times more likely to attempt suicide.

2018 BY THE NUMBERS

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between youth and volunteer mentors

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for urban outreach

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Life-on-Life relationships between youth & adult mentors