Youth Safety & Violence Prevention Receives $500,000 MacArthur Grant

December 20, 2016


MacArthur Foundation invests $11 Million in Chicago youth, social progress and economic development groups, including the YMCA of Metro Chicago. (DNAInfo Chicago)"

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago has been awarded a $500,000 MacArthur grant for its Youth Safety & Violence Prevention initiative (YSVP). The grant will support the continuing development of YSVP’s acclaimed groundbreaking programs, including Urban Warriors, which facilitates structured mentorships between post-9/11 vets and youth affected by violence, and Story Squad, which provides a platform for youth to tell their stories through audio storytelling. Other YSVP programs include the Street and School Intervention Program, Parent Cafe and Leadership Program, and RISE, or Restoring Individual, Supporting Everyone.

“MacArthur is deeply committed to Chicago,” said Macarthur Foundation President Julia Stasch. “These new awards build on our long local history and our commitment to help address some of the city’s most pressing challenges.”

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