After being criticized for choosing an out-of-state group to provide mentors for students who are most at-risk of being involved in violence, the district is officially reaching out to local organizations.
After being criticized for choosing an out-of-state group to provide
mentors for students who are most at-risk of being involved in
violence, the district is officially reaching out to local
Thursday Ron Huberman made good on a promise he made last month to
include community organizations. The district posted a request for
proposals for student mentorship and advocacy services.
About $5 million will be made available to groups to provide services
to 3,000 students. Already $5 million was awarded to Philadelphia-based
Youth Advocacy Program to work with the 250 most at-risk students.
The community groups will be selected through a process carried out by
a blue ribbon panel. The panel, also announced Thursday, includes two
mothers who lost sons to gun violence; former Chicago Police
Superintendent Terry Hillard; and three clergy.
The proposals are due next month.
Below is the list of the blue ribbon panel members:
- Miguel Del Valle, Chicago City Clerk and the first Latino to serve
as assistant majority leader in the Illinois Senate. Clerk Del Valle
received a B.A. and M.A. in education and guidance from Northeastern
- Terry Hillard, former Chicago Police Superintendent.
- Rev. Ruben Cruz, pastor of the Spanish Christian Church. The
Spanish Christian Church is the delegate agency to the Karen Cruz
Children’s Center. The center offers after-school, and school vacation
day care programs for children ages six through twelve. The primary
goal of the program is to promote the full intellectual, social and
emotional development of the children.
- Lula Ford, Commissioner for the Illinois Commerce Commission; a
career educator who was formerly an assistant superintendent and chief
instruction officer with Chicago Public Schools.
- Rita Fry, attorney and former chief of the Cook County Public Defender’s office.
- Annette Holt, Chicago firefighter and president of the
African-American Firefighters Association. After losing her son to gun
violence, Ms. Holt has been on the forefront of the campaign against
violence as the President of the Purpose over Pain Organization and
through her work with various other initiatives to combat youth
- Felipa Mena, Wells High School Local School Council parent representative who lost her son to gun violence.
- Rev. John Buchanan, pastor of the Fourth Presbyterian Church of
Chicago. Fourth Presbyterian Church operates Chicago Lights, a
nonprofit community outreach organization that fosters literacy and
education, helps to alleviate hunger and homelessness, and advances
health and wellness through various programs.
- Mike Ivers, president of GoodCity, which focuses on building skills and capacity of community leaders and organizations.
- Dr. Carl Bell, President and CEO of the Community Mental Health
Council, psychiatrist and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Public
Health at the University of Illinois School of Medicine. Dr. Bell is an
expert/lecturer on violence prevention and traumatic stress caused by
- James Montgomery, attorney, partner in the law firm of Cochran,
Cherry Givens, Smith and Montgomery. He is a former City of Chicago
Corporation Counsel (1983-1986).
- Pastor Darrell Griffin, pastor of Oakdale Covenant Church. The
Oakdale Covenant Church established the Oakdale Community Development
Corporation to impact the needs of the Brainerd/Washington Heights