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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

Some of you may be wondering the same thing, How do I get out of a gang? If you didn’t know who to ask or were to scared to ask, here is an answer that might help. Find it at:

http://www.streetgangstyle.com/street_gangs/street-gang-articles/gang-2/

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

Website by Lisa Taylor-Austin who is a gang expert witness, psychotherapist and trainer on the topic of street gangs. Find out more at:

http://www.gangcolors.com/?page_id=3

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

Here’s a good video on an important aspect of reaching gang members:

http://www.streetgangstyle.com/street_gangs/video/reach-gang-member/

Hey all.  I’ve noticed from the searches that are filed on Gang Life Chicago (ganglifechicago.com) that many of you have questions about things for which there are no posts to supply an answer. I’m going to try something new and create a page that will be a bit of a research tool. I hope it will help me as much as I hope it will help you. The page is found at the top of the this website and labeled “Your Questions.” So, if you have a question you want an answer to, please ask the question and I’ll try to find an answer for you. It may take some time because I have a full-time job and a family that need attention too. So, be patient, but don’t hesitate to ask Your Questions on this page. I’ll see what I can do to get you an answer. If you happen to see a question posed by someone else that you can answer, by all means, help me out and answer that question. This is an experiment, but let’s see if it works, OK?

Bring on the questions!

This is a shout out to the Orchestra Albany. I’ve been up in your hood a few times in the past weeks. Would like to meet up sometime. God has you on his mind. You can e-mail me at rlg2@uchicago or call at 773.294.8849.

Urban Ministries is the largest independent, African American-owned and operated Christian media company. They publish Christian resources, including Sunday School and Vacation Bible School curricula, books, movies, and websites designed for African American churches and others seeking a diverse, Christ-centered perspective on faith and life issues.

http://www.urbanministries.com/

Breaking Ground is a faith community characterized by grace and truth that seeks and develops those who desire to become instruments of lasting change in their community.

Vision
Breaking Ground is a mission-driven not for profit organization building strong inner city communities through self-sustaining entrepreneurial programs and services.  We are a comprehensive community development corporation focused on transforming low income individuals and their communities by offering integrated real estate development, homeownership assistance, job training, and direct employment, along with client-centered services.

Find information about this transformative ministry at:

www.breakingground.net

A list of Illinois resources from the Billy Graham Center for incarcerated and recently released individuals trying to straighten out their lives. Find more at:

http://www.bgcprisonministries.com/index.php?id=108&state=IL

An internet radio station repn Christ. Find it at:

http://www.christian-hiphop.net/

  Gangs 101: Understanding the Culture of Youth Violence

by Henry Pachero

This is a new publication designed to help the service provider gain a better understanding of the gang culture they are facing and suggests ways of being more effectual in their outreach to those who make up the gang culture. Written by a long-time gang specialist, this publications is both insightful and readable.  Henry Pachero provides us who are on the front lines with an eminently useful resource. Download the publication at:

http://gangs.umd.edu/Downloads/Prevention/Gangs%20101%20-%20Understanding%20the%20Culture%20of%20Youth%20Violence.pdf

A very interesting Christian “12 Step” form of recovery program that has applications for recovering gang members. CR has developed 8 principles that are based on the Beatitudes. They are as follows:

CELEBRATE RECOVERY’S EIGHT RECOVERY PRINCIPLES
The Road to Recovery
Based on the Beatitudes

Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable. (Step 1)

“Happy are those who know that they are spiritually poor.”

Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover. (Step 2

“Happy are those how mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. (Step 3)

“Happy are the meek.”

Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. (Steps  4 and 5)

“Happy are the pure in heart.”

Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. (Steps 6 and 7)

“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires”

Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others when possible, except when to do so would harm them or others. (Steps 8 and 9)

“Happy are the merciful.”  

“Happy are the peacemakers”

Reserve a time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will. (Steps 10 and 11)

Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words. (Step 12)

“Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.”

Find the larger website at:

http://www.celebraterecovery.com/

Towards an understanding of the Gang Mentality:

http://www.youtube.com/user/huk730