As violence continues to plague multiple communities in Chicago, Metropolitan Family Services is working to help find solutions. In 2017, we joined forces with the city’s leading street outreach organizations to launch Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P).
CP4P is a framework that provides a comprehensive, long-term approach to reducing violence and gang activity among the individuals and communities it serves. Its work is rooted in nonviolence, trauma-informed care, hyper-local collaboration and restorative justice practices.
CP4P works in nine of Chicago’s most at-risk communities to help reduce shootings and homicides, create and reclaim safe community spaces, and professionalize the street outreach field.
The Metropolitan Peace Academy, a major CP4P component, is a multidisciplinary training platform designed to professionalize and strengthen the fields of street outreach and community violence prevention.
Graduates participate in a rigorous 144-hour, 18-week curriculum focused on street outreach, nonviolence, trauma-informed services and restorative justice. The Academy is the first of its kind in Chicago.
Twenty-three of Chicago’s most seasoned street outreach workers graduated from the Peace Academy in June 2018.
Outreach workers spend time in the neighborhoods, building ongoing relationships with community members, sharing information about available resources and productive alternatives to violence, and identifying existing or potential threats to peace in the area.
Re-entry provides sustained support to community members returning from incarceration, to ensure successful family and neighborhood re-unification through referrals to services like counseling, job training and life skills.
Case Management Services
Case managers work one-on-one with high-risk individuals, developing relationships and connecting them with the services they need to mitigate future incidents of community violence.
• Alliance of Local Service Organizations (ALSO)
• Breakthrough Urban Ministries
• Cure Violence
• New Life Centers of Chicagoland
• Institute for Nonviolence Chicago (INVC)
• Precious Blood Ministries of Reconciliation
• Target Area Development Corp.