Memoirs of a youth growing up in one of Chicago's Housing Projects, father on drugs, and mother striving to do the best she knew how with the little resources she had. I remember leaving school early because of gang fights.... Seeing a fellow student beat by other students and adults with a golf club and a car jack.2pac once said "Living in the ghetto your mind gets twisted just like a pretzel". The Hood I lived in was called Lawndale Gardens sandwiched between Little Village and Pilsen. The Latin Kings on one side, the Satan Disciples on the other side, and the Vice Lords and Gangster Disciples on the inside.
On top of that gotta go to school and deal with even more gangs and drama. Going to school was the only time I had to reflect on life outside the Projects. As I looked outside of the CTA window looking at various neighborhoods and the demise of a generation I often wondered is there any "Hope"?
And then one day I saw a Billboard with the words "Prayer Changes Things". For years I looked at that Billboard and received strength. When gang violence would break out in school I would pray. When the gangs would commit drive by shootings I would pray. When I was shot at I would pray. When I would shoot at people I would pray. When I sold drugs I would pray.......
This is what the Chicago's Hope Campaign is all about. Its about involving Teens in creating and developing a message of HOPE for their peers. The message could be Stop The Violence, Break The Code of Silence, Stay In School, etc. I'm asking all Teenagers to get involved in this noble endeavor. We are going to post messages of HOPE throughout the City of Chicago with your faces on them! From Billboards to Bus Stops the City of Chicago will be filled with faces and messages of HOPE from tomorrow's next Leaders!
So get ready and get involved. Contact your School Administration, Chicago Park District Teen Clubs, Boys and Girls Clubs Teen groups, YMCA Teen groups, Church Teen Ministry, so on and so on.... Lets make this happen! Let your face and message be seen and heard! Give someone HOPE!
To get involved contact:
Jim Allen / 773.824.6785 / email@example.com
names, fraternities, sororities, churches, mosques, temples, synagogues, organizations, businesses, etc., will be on all "Chicago's HOPE Campaign" Signs, Posters, Billboards, etc!