Youth Safety and Violence Prevention–Bridging the Divide

YMCA of Metro Chicago Bridging the Divide

To help engage the community in the Bridging the Divide program, YMCA members from the represented communities were asked to participating in a photo contest where they were asked to find images of beauty in their neighborhoods as a means to find a common ground. The posters above reflect some of the winning photos and compelling prompts to help frame the Brdiging the Divide premise.

CREATING FORUMS FOR DIALOGUE AND HEALING

The YMCA of Metro Chicago's Bridging the Divide program was developed to help build understanding between youth, law enforcement officials, and other community members. Throughout the project the YMCA and community partners offered opportunities for dialogue through cafés, peace circles, and the exchange of photos and stories.

Bridging the Divide was developed by the Youth Safety and Violence Prevention program at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, in partnership with the CAPS program of the Chicago Police Department. Other initial contributors include Judge Colleen Sheehan, Universidad Popular, Enlace Chicago, Firehouse Community Arts Center, Claretian Associates, South Chicago Arts Center and the North Lawndale Employment Network. This effort was supported by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, the Illinois Collaboration on Youth and Allstate.

Over the course of the partnership, the YMCA and the Chicago Police Department developed a toolkit to help improve youth police relationships. The toolkit included:

 

LISTEN TO THEIR STORIES

As part of the program, audio diaries were captured to share compelling stories and reflections by youth and law enforcement officers who participated in the program. Below are excerpts.

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