At GRIP, we realize the only thing that can fill the void in a young person’s life is the love of God. As a result, our mission is to invest in the lives of Chicago youth through Christ-centered, Life-on-Life relationships.

Over the past 15 years, GRIP has been striving to obey God’s commandment to “seek justice, encourage the oppressed and defend the cause of the fatherless” (Isaiah 1:17) by training and equipping thousands of adult mentors to model the love of Christ to youth who so desperately need it.

When we refer to Life-on-Life, we are talking about a relationship that is so much more than “mentorship.” It’s modeling what it means to be a man or woman of God–not just during a program or in a classroom–but while in our homes, running errands, playing ball, serving others in community, or studying the Bible. And as we walk life together, we’re extending to our youth an invitation to know the love of God, to know their purpose and identity, and to grow as young leaders in their homes, schools, churches and communities.

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Our Life-on-Life approach starts by recruiting, training, and EQUIPPING an army of caring adult volunteer mentors. Next, we CONNECTthese mentors to youth through our engaging outreach programs.

Our staff then continue to coach our mentors to intentionally pursue and GROW these relationships outside the walls of our programs by spending time with youth–in their homes, schools, churches, and communities. We teach our mentors “throughout your week, as you’re doing life, simply bring your student along with you.” Over time, through persistent and consistent time spent together, Life-on-Life relationships start to form.

Our mentors are then able to identify the true needs of our youth, and then DEVELOP them holistically–caring for them in the areas of life-skills, academics, career development, family life, and character and spiritual development. Throughout this entire process, GRIP provides Life-on-Life resources and a network of support as we walk alongside both our youth and their mentors–providing them opportunities for development. This is our Life-on-Life model.

All of GRIP’s initiatives–whether programs or resources–have been strategically created as a tool for building-up and encouraging Christ-centered, Life-on-Life relationships.


Life-on-Life metrics are down 30% this year due to the global pandemic.


Life-on-Life Hours spent together
between youth and volunteer mentors


Youth served


Adults trained
for urban outreach


Life-on-Life relationships between youth & volunteer mentors