Archive for the ‘Programs’ Category

Here are two organizations to remember if/when you are looking for help, especially on the South Side. The first organization is called is Sunshine Gospel Ministries. Find more information at:

http://www.sunshinegospel.org/

The second is Friends for Youth. While FFY is a citywide organization, it has an outreach on the South Side at 63rd and cottage Grove. Find out more at:

http://chicagofriendsforyouth.org/Mission.html

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This is a great blog (and it might even look a little familiar!).  Find it at:

http://iwasinprison.com/

The 2013 Correctional Ministries Summit will be held at Wheaton College from May 30th to June 1st. This is a wonderful opportunity for those of us interested in working with gang members and other incarcerated youths to come together in search of more effective means of helping these youths. The Summit will help the participants in:

  • Developing professionally through informative workshops
  • Learning best practices from dynamic leaders in correctional ministry
  • Building relationships with others who share your ministry passion
  • Speaking meaningfully to the issues of mass incarceration

When: May 30 – June 1, 2013
(Thursday evening – Saturday lunch)
Where: Wheaton College, IL

For additional information please go to the website:

http://www.cmcainternational.org/

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) addresses the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetuate profit from or support sexual exploitation. Their work includes prevention, policy reform, and legal services. If you are in need of help to get out of prostitution or sex trafficking, please contact CAASE by phone at 773.244.2230. Find out more on their website at:

www.caase.org

Are you a woman involved in gangs, drugs, or sex trafficking and looking for help? New life for Girls may be exactly the right place for you. New Life for Girls has served women in need since 1972. With five local induction centers (including Chicago) and a Pennsylvania Training Center, this may be the place to turn to when you feel beaten, hopeless, and have no one to trust. Many women have been helped through the work of New Life For Girls and you could be the next one to find new life.

New Life for Girls is a non-profit, Christian, non-denominational, long-term residential facility for women over 18. The program specializes in helping women who are struggling with life-controlling issues such as drug & alcohol addictions, depression, cutting disorders, gambling addictions, abuse issues, etc. There is no charge for food, clothing and shelter while the women are at the facility. The main goal is to help them transform their lives into productive, abundant and happy ones.

The Chicago New Life for Girls induction center is located at 6743 N. Ashland Ave, and their phone number is 773.764.3363. Find out more about their work at their website:

http://www.newlifeforgirlschicago.webs.com/

A Willow Creek Jail and Prison Ministry:

                                     Hebrews 13:3

“Don’t forget about those in prison. Suffer with them as though you were there yourself. Share the sorrow of those being mistreated, as though you feel their pain in your own bodies.”

http://prisonandjailministryconnection.blogspot.com/.v

STRYVE: Striving to reduce youth violence everywhere. Interesting site aimed at reducing youth violence and offering an online training program to do just that. Find the site at:

http://www.safeyouth.gov/Pages/Home.aspx

Here are three sites that deal with exoneration of wrongfully convicted individuals.

The Innocence Project: http://www.innocenceproject.org/

The Exoneration project: http://theexonerationproject.org/

Center for Wrongful Conviction of Youths: http://cwcy.org/

Gang Outreach Education Strategies and Training.

Joseph “Pepe” Montenegro
M.S., Founder

Pepe came from a life of adolescent drug use, gang membership and eventually dropped out of high school. When a terrible turn of events took place he entered a drug rehabilitation program and after 9 months graduated from the program. While in the program he heard the message of hope in Jesus Christ. Upon accepting Christ, he left the gang and drug lifestyle and dropped back in to high school. He graduated from high school and went on to earn his Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University of Southern California. He is an at-risk youth counselor, parent educator and mentor program coordinator for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District as well as a volunteer for both the Orange County Juvenile Hall and the California Youth Authority in Chino. Find more at:

http://www.goest.org/Home.html

An interesting site where prisoners answer questions posed by individuals both in and out of gangs. Read the questions and answers at:

http://gangsandkids.com/gquestion.html

The Coroner’s Report is a very good website that aims to provide information and resources on gang intervention and prevention. More information can be found at:

http://www.gangwar.com/

If you’re a parent you might want to read his Parent Resource Guide:

http://www.gangwar.com/parent1.htm

Gangs and At-Risk Kids provides a very informative and useful website for people wanting to know more about gangs, what they are, how kids get involved and the consequences of involvement.  For more on the website go to:

http://gangsandkids.com/

And don’t forget to look at some poignant poetry and stories from those affected by gang life at:

http://gangsandkids.com/gstory.html

Other links can be found at:

http://gangsandkids.com/glinks.html

Check out this amazing organization that works in Little Village and Lawndale. Beyond the Ball was named  the winner in a worldwide competition for the “Most Courageous use of Sport” created by Beyond Sport, a global organization that promotes, develops and funds the use of sport to create positive social change across the world. Read about Beyond the Ball  at:

http://beyondtheball.org/

And read even more at this site:

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/4587175-418/little-village-couple-stand-tall-against-gang-bangers.html

Another Basketball league doing similar things is the Miracle Basketball League  run by GRIP.  Read more at:

http://www.gripyouth.com/programs/mbl_splash.html

This is a very cool story about a grandmother opening up her home to work with gang members. Think you’re just one person? Think the problem is too big for you? think you can’t do anything? This woman is my hero. She’s doing something, right here in Chicago, to stop the epidemic of violence that plagues our streets. Here’s a Shout Out to Diane Latiker and the Kids off the Block organization she runs in Roseland. Think you can’t do anything about gang life in Chicago?  Think again!  catch this amazing story at:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/LIVING/04/07/cnnheroes.latiker.roseland.youth/index.html

Dismanling Racism by Joseph Barndt, Author.  Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Books, 1991.Here is a book about racism in America, written “for white people and about white people . . . by a white person.”Joseph Barndt, defining racism as “prejudice plus power,” asserts that efforts against racism have often been incorrectly focused on minority populations rather than the majority. “The cause of racism is in the white society. The effects are felt in the communities of color,” he writes. Rather than attempting to soften the effects, we need to attack the cause.

The book examines individual, institutional, and cultural racism, and includes a section on racism and the church—with particular attention to the European American traditions inherited by white congregations, which Barndt refers to provocatively as a contemporary “circumcision crowd.” The author asks congregations to incorporate multicultural aspects in its worship before the congregation becomes multicultural and to work to achieve a pluralistic, not racist, witness to the world.

and consider that…

 “At the center of the Christian faith is the reminder that the time is
always right to do the right thing,” Turner said. “The church can and must
provide moral leadership that helps move the world’s nations into people of
transformation. The church has the capacity to transform itself to be an
agent of change, but this only happens when the church is engaged in the
struggle for justice.”

                                                                                                            -Rev. Otis Turner, 1996