Rethinking and Deconstructing Violence with Youth


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Please arrive by 9:30 a.m. if you are planning to attend the first set of workshops. Workshops will start PROMPTLY at 10 a.m.  We ask that participants respect the facilitators by making sure that you arrive on time so as to avoid needless disruptions.

Workshop Series #1 – 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

1. Between Friends – capacity: 45 participants

Between Friends is a nonprofit agency dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and building a community free of abuse.  Between Friends provides counseling and legal advocacy services as well as a 24 Hour Crisis Line, a teen dating violence prevention program and other community education.

Description: The Between Friends’ Creating Allies for Relationship Education (C.A.R.E.) workshop provides training to adults and youth educators on the dynamics, resources, and preventive strategies pertaining to teen dating violence.  The workshop will provide tools and activities that can be used to facilitate discussion on teen dating violence and will provide resources for the facilitator to recognize and respond to teen dating violence disclosures.

2. Beyondmedia Education—capacity: 50 participants

Beyondmedia’s mission is to collaborate with under-served and under-represented women, youth, and communities to tell their stories, connect their stories to the world around us, and organize for social justice through the creation and distribution of media arts.

Description:  Beyondmedia’s media literacy and violence workshop will introduce participants to basic media literacy concepts so that they are able to critically think about the production and dissemination of media around violence.

3. Blocks Together – capacity: 40 participants

Blocks Together Youth Council is a group led by youth that live, go to school or get services in West Humboldt Park and North Garfeild Park that are organizing to create safe learning environments that challenge the school-to-prison pipeline.

Description: This workshop explores different aspects of the school-to-prison pipeline through an interactive game show and role plays. Through key discussion questions, it helps participants understand these phenomena as a systematic form of violence.

4. Gender Just—capacity: 30 participants

Gender JUST (Gender Justice United for Social Transformation) is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multi-generational grassroots organization of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer, Allied, and Gender-Non-Conforming (LGBTQAGNC) young people, LGBTQAGNC people of color, and LGBTQAGNC grassroots folks developing leadership and building power through organizing around issues at the intersections of racial, economic, and gender justice.

Description: This training aims to create a shared understanding and analysis of the roots of heterosexism and its intersections with other forms of oppression, and namely the ways that all people are negatively impacted by heterosexism – regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

5. Project NIA – capacity: 55 participants

Project NIA’s mission is to dramatically reduce the reliance on arrest, detention, and incarceration for addressing youth crime and to instead promote the use of restorative and transformative practices, a concept that relies on community-based alternatives.

Description: This workshop titled from Plantation to Penitentiary provides youth with an introduction to understanding the prison industrial complex.  This interactive and experiential workshop offers youth an opportunity to learn specific facts about the current effects of prison expansion while also addressing how young people can organize to address this issue.

6. UMOJA Student Development Corporation — capacity: 45 participants

UMOJA equips young people to succeed in college and confidently claim their future.  We do this by building a web of dynamic relationships where schools, families and communities partner to bridge the gap between the talents and ambitions of low income young people and the resources they need to thrive.

Description: The curriculum we are presenting engages students in dialogue and activities which teach the concept of the “ripple effect,” helping youth to understand the ways their actions affect others.  Through understanding the effects of every action, youth will realize the many people and communities they are accountable to and the power their everyday choices hold.  Finally, participants will be asked to reflect on and identify how past actions and experiences lead to the personal choices we make every day.

Workshop Series #2 – 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please arrive by 1:30 p.m. if you are planning to attend workshops in the afternoon.  Workshops will start PROMPTLY at 2 p.m.  We ask that participants respect the facilitators by making sure that you arrive on time so as to avoid needless disruptions.

1. BUILD Inc. – capacity: 55 participants

BUILD’s mission is to engage at-risk youth in the schools and on the streets so they can realize their educational and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety and well being of our communities.

Since 1969, BUILD, Inc. has worked in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods giving at-risk youth alternatives to the violence that takes away their positive potential. Applying our model of positive youth development, BUILD seeks to redirect the behavior of gang-affiliated youth and potential gang recruits in order to improve their chances of leading fulfilling lives and to increase the stability and safety of the communities in which they reside.

Description: “What’s happening in your hood” is designed for youth to participate with each other in dialogue and team building activities as they identify the various opportunities, resources, and issues in their communities. Participants will engage in perspective taking, story-telling and interactive exercises throughout the workshop.

2. C.R.I.M.E. — capacity: 30 participants (Tiffin Board Room)

C.R.I.M.E. is an acronym for the words:  Compassion, Respect , Inspiration, Motivation, and  Empathy.  With these words we teach children better ways to react to violence. C.R.I.M.E. is a youth led program that creates awareness about violence, actions that lead to violence, and positive ways to avoid them. With C.R.I.M.E., we plan to make communities better places. We wanted to advance our organization even further to show adults as well as children that there are teens in society that want to help others become all that they have ever dreamed to be, while making our communities better places.

Description: The workshop will demonstrate our two core presentations:  The ABC’S of Peace & CRIME 101.  Further, we will draw from our recently published book to educate adults on how to help develop the values of “C.R.I.M.E.” in the youth in their lives.

3. Literature for All of Us – capacity: 45 participants

Literature for All of Us brings the rewards of reading and writing through book group discussions to teen mothers and other young people in underserved neighborhoods.  We build communities of readers, poets, and critical thinkers.  We develop family literacy by providing children’s literature and child development resources to teen parents.  We open worlds by opening books.

Description: Participants will engage in a poetry discussion and writing circle, considering the powerful works of Chicano poet Luis J. Rodriguez, formerly of Humboldt Park in Chicago.  After discussing several of Rodriguez’s poems, participants will have the opportunity to write their own creative response to the themes considered.  Following the experiential portion, participants will discuss how they can implement poetry/book discussion circles in their own work with youth.

4. Mikva Challenge – capacity: 45 participants

The mission of the Mikva Challenge is to develop the next generation of civic leaders, activists, and policy-makers by getting young people involved in politics now.  We do this by providing young people with opportunities to actively participate in the political process, because we believe that the best way to learn leadership and to learn democracy is to experience both.

Description: The workshop will provide youth workers and adult allies with the tools and facilitation skills they need to get their youth thinking about the root causes of a problem.  Using root causes with youth (and adults) gives youth an understanding of community issues that go beyond looking at surface-level symptoms, and can lead them to solutions that go beyond traditional community violence.

5. Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team (YWAT)—capacity: 50 participants

The YWAT is a youth-led, adult-supported social change project that empowers women to take action on issues that affect their lives (particularly issues of violence against girls and young women).  The YWAT believes that girls and young women should be free from violence.  We believe that through collective action, consciousness-raising, and organizing we can end violence against girls and young women.

Description: The workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the root causes of street harassment.  Facilitators will model an example of a workshop that they lead with youth.  Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss how they can run similar workshops with youth in their own communities.

6. Young Women’s Empowerment Project – capacity: 40 participants

The Young Women’s Empowerment Project is dedicated to empowering and promoting leadership to young women of color 12-23 years old who have life experience in the sex trade and street economies. Our purpose is to help each girl reach her goals, dreams and desires by providing non judgmental and empowering support.

Description: Building Sisterhood in the Hood is a workshop that explores the different types of injustices girls face while living in the hood. This workshop will engage its audience in a learning process on how to be resilient and heal.

Don’t forget to join us for our lunch keynote presentation by Anisha Chablani of ROCA Inc (www.rocainc.org).


Author: rootsofviolence

This is a blog by Project NIA for our Exploring the Roots of Violence initiative.

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