“Paving The Way: A Chicago Community Project” is a series of educational forums and programs aimed at sharing information with participants as a way to prevent violence and increase community relations among residents in the Washington Park Area and beyond. Further, the “Paving The Way Project” serves as a voice for the community, functioning as an outreach program for violence prevention and intervention, a bridge between public service personnel and the public they serve, and the building up of our neighborhoods.
- Provide information for alternative life choices in the lives of participating youth and young adults.
- Provide information and programming for transitioning from a gang lifestyle.
- Provide exposure to positive people, experiences and opportunities.
- Build relationships with troubled and/or at-risk youth.
- Create a safe space for participants to share their cares and concerns truthfully and authentically (i.e. building communities and being a voice to participants, employment, police interaction, etc)
- Develop a core identity and sense of belonging to a part of a larger active non-violent lifestyle movement (i.e. building a community with accountability)
- Increase parent involvement and participation in the lives of their children.
- Equip participants with life skills (i.e. finance management, investing, building of skill sets, etc)
- Community re-engagement
Future Forums and Programs:
- Dear Momma – Single Mothers Raising Boys
- ThugLife & Real Life – Getting out of the Gang
- Rites of Passage – Initiation into Manhood and Leadership Development
- FutureProfits – How Money Works
- Restoring Justice through Restorative Justice
- Employment, Resume, and Interviewing Workshops
- Substance Abuse and Addiction Programs
- And more…
Antonio Davis, Founder & Coordinator
(773) 709-7179 cell
Philip Kingsley, Co-Coordinator
(312) 505-3249 cell