For troubled youths, veterans offer shoulders to lean on

July 21, 2015

 

On Saturday, July 18, more than 100 YMCA supporters gathered at La Villita Community Church to celebrate 29 youth and 10 veterans at the Urban Warriors Recognition Ceremony. "

 

On Saturday, July 21, more than 100 YMCA of Metro Chicago youth, families, staff and supporters, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, gathered inside La Villita Community Church for the Urban Warriors Recognition Ceremony.
Urban Warriors, a program of the Y's Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative, matched 29 youth ages 12-18 from the Little Village and Humboldt Park neighborhoods with 10 military veterans who served as their mentors. 
"That's what it means to be an Urban Warrior. It means this person never lost themselves. When they'd fallen, they'd gotten back up," said Urban Warriors youth Miguel Barrera. 
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On Saturday, July 18, more than 100 YMCA of Metro Chicago youth, families, staff and supporters, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, gathered inside La Villita Community Church for the Urban Warriors Recognition Ceremony.

Ten veterans and 29 youth completed the 16-week Urban Warriors program, which is part of the Y's Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative. This peer support program matches youth who have endured extreme trauma with recent military veterans, who show the boys positive strategies for coping with loss and improving their mental health. 

"That's what it means to be an Urban Warrior. It means this person never lost themselves. When they'd fallen, they'd gotten back up," said Urban Warriors youth Miguel Barrera. 

Read the Chicago Tribune story.

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