New Era Project
NEP engages youth in need of one-on-one mentorship and case management due to gang affiliation, former incarceration, homelessness, experiences of sexual abuse and domestic violence, and access to mental healthcare. The program also works with families to obtain services so that they can best care for their children who are struggling.
The program is about 50 percent women and men, with the majority being Black and Latino/a. In addition to receiving services, the NEP works with youth to obtain basic necessities such as food, toiletries, clothes, state IDs, and public transit aid.
Ages: 16-18 years old
I want to join the NEP family!
Please contact Shelley Friede at email@example.com.
The Peace Angels program is an offshoot of the NEP’s crucial community work. Most of the youth participants are fulfilling Chicago Public School service learning hours needed to graduate or are referred from Parole Officers.
The program is directed by youth, who are out in the community working on social justice projects. In the past they have raised money to combat hunger and teen suicide. They participated in community organizing trainings, and learned about police accountability and the school-to-prison pipeline.
Ages: Any age, though youth under the age of 14 years old should have permission from their parents.
To be a Peace Angel, you have to attend regular meetings and check in with your case manager.