Violence Prevention Efforts

We “Я” Englewood believes that providing recreational opportunities for youth to learn, develop and strengthen their ability to effectively solve difficult problems and/or issues will assist in the propensity of them committing violent acts.  The opportunities that we provide allow youth to develop in the following areas, self-awareness, physical & emotional self-control, social problem-solving and teamwork.  All recreational opportunities are structured and supervised.

In 2016, We “Я” Englewood was one of the seventy organizations that received a rapid grant from the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities.

“Rapid Response Grants for Reducing Violence and Promoting Peace
The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities was launched in 2016 to proactively prepare for the potential of a spike in violence in Chicago during summer months, and to support activities that build community cohesion and promote safety and peace.” (

CHECK IN: Saturday, June 23, 2018 
Not Before My Parents Youth Explosion Pop-Out Festival

NBMP Youth Exposition


CHECK IN:  Sunday, August 7, 2016 

1st Annual Party In Peace Community Concert



CHECK IN:  Saturday, September 3, 2016 

Love & Hope Concert

A concert to galvanize hope.  Rapid grant funds was utilized to cover the expenses needed to host this event.  Artists performed Lizze G, Tarmaine H and Jess Write performed uplifting lyrics that encouraged and inspired all who attended.

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CHECK IN:  Friday, October 28, 2016

Fall Fun Festival

Day of fun at Ogden Park.  Rapid grant funds was utilized to cover the expenses needed to host this event. We “Я” Englewood partnered with LaTanya and The Youth of Englewood to host a day for FUN, FUN, FUN.  Activities included: face painting, a bouncy house, life-size characters (Mickey & Mini Mouse), life-size games (operation, 5 bucket toss game, balloon race, blow up & pop, connect four, tic-tac-toe, jenga)  24 seat gaming bus.  Prizes for games were given away and free food served: hot dogs, chips juice, water, pop, popcorn, cotton candy, cake.  Candy bags were given to all that attended.


CHECK IN:  September 15, 2017


We “Я” Englewood partnered with Institute for Nonviolence Chicago-Back of the yards branch to engage residents on/near 50th & Peoria.  We had an awesome time feeding the community, music and game bus for all ages. The most rewarding action was talking to lifelong residents and youth about the neighborhood and what’s needed to change the narrative. Nicole stated, “I applaud the Program Director “Chris” for understanding the importance of spreading love in areas where others will not go. It was a pleasure to serve.”

CHECK IN:  September 30, 2017

Chess Moves Against Violence


CHECK IN:  October 10, 2017

Chess Moves Against Violence

October 10 2017_NBMP & CPD