By Nick Mantas
Children on the south side of Chicago are subjected to an alarming rate of violence from a very young age. Without after school activities to keep these kids from joining gangs, many find themselves in a gang before high school.
Sally Hazelgrove took it upon herself to create Crushers Club in Englewood in order to get the kids off the streets.
Her goal is to open multiple clubs like this one in order to turn off the stream of the next generation of gang members.
Photo at top: The walls are decorated with photos of Crusher’s Club members. (Nicholas Mantas/MEDILL)
By Jasmine Cen
A beat facilitator is a volunteer who connects Chicago police officers working a beat with members of the community to help combat neighborhood violence.
Beat facilitators meet monthly with the officers to talk about safety concerns at Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) meetings. The CAPS program began in 1993. More than 200 meetings happen every month. Continue reading When volunteers help connect beat cops with communities, crime often goes down