2018 • 1 year • Chicago Commitment
A Long Walk Home (ALWH) uses art to empower young people and end violence against all girls and women. The organization has two main programs: Story of a Rape Survivor (SOARS), which focuses on creating safe spaces for survivors of campus sexual assault; and Girls/Friends, which enables girls from Chicago's West and South sides to use art as an advocacy tool for themselves and others. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of SOARS. ALWH is celebrating with a series of public art events. These were launched with a town hall meeting with African-American girls and young women in Chicago on October 4, 2018 and featured Tarana Burke, founder of the "#MeToo Movement." The organization is also involved in campaigns to increase public awareness about sexual violence and teen girls. With this general operating support award, ALWH continues to build its intergenerational programming for sexual assault survivors of color and their communities. Support also funds the development of a #MeToo toolkit to raise awareness in Chicago about sexual violence and safety among girls and young women, primarily those of color.