Opportunity Details

Public Safety
Deepen Knowledge

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

Challenging the Single Story of Violence in Chicago (Service Plus)

Service Plus is a program designed to educate volunteers within one of Chicago Cares pathways towards greater civic engagement and equip them to take the next step in their journey towards civic action. Across multiple sessions, volunteers take a deeper dive in learning about a collective impact effort surrounding an issue area, as well as participate in a hands-on project that benefit Chicago Cares partner organizations working within that issue area. Each session builds on the last, so volunteers can build awareness on specific causes or community goals. Volunteers are expected to attend all sessions of the program.

Challenging the Single Story of Violence in Chicago is a Chicago Cares Public Safety program designed to amplify the mission of a coalition working toward disrupting violence in their communities. Chicago Cares has partnered with Institute for Nonviolence Chicago, Metropolitan Family Services, Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, and Heartland Alliance to co-design this program. These four organizations’ collective efforts have shown to reduce violence in Chicago, and they all play a vital role in this work. The goal of this Service Plus opportunity is for volunteers to understand not only the work that is currently being done to reduce violence in the city of Chicago, but also how they can implement strategies in their daily lives to be agents and advocates for nonviolence.

Through trainings in nonviolence, trauma informed care, and restorative justice paired with a panel of Heartland Alliance’s READI participants, volunteers will connect the dots between the many facets of peace work in our city and learn how re-entry work is a vital piece of that conversation.

These trainings/panel will take place over the course of four sessions. Each session will provide volunteers with an educational component as well as a hands-on service component, which will benefit the organizations working to wage peace.


Session 1: Nonviolence Principles
February 29th 9am-12:30pm Location: Austin

Session 2: Restorative Justice
March 14th 9am-12:30pm Location: Back of the Yards

Session 3: Re-entry Work
March 28th 9am-12:30pm Location: Austin

Session 4: Trauma-Informed Care
April 25th 9am-12:30pm Location: West Garfield Park


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