2020 • 3 years • Chicago Commitment
New Life Centers of Chicagoland (New Life), based on Chicago's West Side, was established in 2005 to address a growing need for youth mentoring and violence prevention in the Little Village and Midway neighborhoods. It offers mediation between street organizations, support to families, life skills to youth, and a wide variety of positive activities to residents, including sports, arts, music, and festivals. Its violence prevention and street outreach programs are led by individuals from the communities they serve; mentors typically have personal experience in street organizations and deep connections to local residents. With this award for institutional support, New Life creates a cash reserve and upgrades its internal functions for accounting and development.