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WATCH: CVI Leadership Academy Graduates Reflect on History-Making Experience

On Friday, February 9, 2024, 31 community violence intervention (CVI) leaders from 21 cities across the country graduated from the inaugural cohort of the University of Chicago Crime Lab’s Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy. The event took place at the White House in Washington, D.C.

Chicago Crime Lab’s CVILA Inaugural Cohort Graduates at White House, VP Harris Gives Praise

The University of Chicago Crime Lab’s Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy (CVILA) made its mark from city streets to the White House with the graduation of its inaugural cohort on Friday, February 9, 2024 in Washington, D.C.

MPI’s Rodney Phillips Profiled in Chicago Sun-Times Ahead of CVI Leadership Academy Graduation

Congratulations are in order for Metropolitan Peace Initiatives (MPI) Associate Director of Crisis Prevention & Response Unit (CPRU) Rodney “Hot Rod” Phillips who was recently profiled in the Chicago Sun-Times ahead of his graduation from the inaugural cohort of the Chicago Crime Lab‘s Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy (CVILA).

Sip, Paint & Connect: Target Area Development Hosts Creative Night at Lindblom Park

Artists of all levels picked up their brushes, donned aprons, and immersed themselves in creativity during a family-friendly “Paint & Sip” hosted by Target Area Development at Lindblom Park. The event was part of Light in the Night, a Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P) program aimed at reclaiming public spaces.

Community Violence Intervention Groups Announce Scaling Efforts to Reduce Gun Violence in Chicago

Community violence intervention (CVI) groups gathered with philanthropic, business, and government leaders at an annual convening on Thursday, February 1, 2024, to announce plans to expand CVI programs in Chicago to help reduce gun violence.

Southwest Organizing Project Hosts ‘Hoop, Don’t Shoot’ Basketball Tournament in Gage Park

Players laced up their gym shoes and enjoyed an evening of friendly competition as Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) hosted “Hoop, Don’t Shoot,” a basketball tournament in partnership with St. Rita High School and Chicago Cares. The event took place on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at St. Clare Gym in Gage Park.

Graduate Reflection: Fantasia Smith Details Her Experience With the Metropolitan Peace Academy

Outreach Cohort 15 graduate and Chicago CRED Life Coach Fantasia Smith recently reflected on her time at the Metropolitan Peace Academy and the profound effect it’s had on her life.

WATCH: Project H.O.O.D. Gains New Group of Community Violence Intervention Professionals

Project H.O.O.D. celebrated the achievements of several team members as they graduated from the Metropolitan Peace Academy earlier this month. Victims Advocate Chantrel Lee and Outreach Worker Leonard Salley detailed their experiences with the trainings and their plans to transform their neighborhood through community violence intervention (CVI) work.

Scenes From the 2024 Winter Graduation of the Metropolitan Peace Academy

The Metropolitan Peace Academy honored four graduating cohorts on Thursday, January 18, 2024 at South Shore Cultural Center. Eighty-five graduates received certificates and awards for completing trainings focused on case management, victim services, and street outreach.

Metropolitan Peace Academy Celebrates Graduates of Street Outreach, Case Management and Victim Advocacy Training Programs to Stop Gun Violence

There was much to celebrate as the Metropolitan Peace Initiatives’ (MPI), Metropolitan Peace Academy (MPA) honored four graduating cohort classes on Thursday, January 18, 2024 at South Shore Cultural Center. Eighty-five graduates received certificates and awards for completing trainings focused on case management, victim services, and street outreach.

How CP4P Justice Corps of the Legal Aid Society Helped This Violence Interrupter Clean Up His Criminal Background

“Memo” is well known in his community as a violence interrupter and non-violence advocate. When there is a shooting in the area, Memo and his team are the first called to manage the crisis. He is a trusted and respected person in the community because of the work he has done to combat gang violence.

UCAN Provides Healing With Special MLK Day Programming

UCAN celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a special program hosted at their North Lawndale headquarters on Monday, January 15, 2024. The event aimed to address present-day injustices such as disinvestment in high-risk neighborhoods and the lack of resources that lead to community violence.

Metropolitan Peace Initiatives Celebrates the Grand Opening of the Metropolitan Peace Academy Training & Wellness Center in Pilsen

The Metropolitan Peace Initiatives (MPI) celebrated the grand opening of the Metropolitan Peace Academy (MPA) Training & Wellness Center with a special ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, January 12, 2024 in Pilsen. The new site, located at 2100 S. Morgan St., serves as a community violence intervention (CVI) training center for outreach workers, case managers, victim advocates, trauma recovery specialists, as well as community trainings for Chicago residents and police officers.

University of Chicago Releases Year-End Crime Data, Homicides Down 12%

A new report from the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab highlights the statistics on crime in Chicago in 2023. While there’s room for improvement, there is also proof of numbers trending down.

MPI’s Chief Program Officer Domonique McCord Highlights Community Violence Intervention Work on ABC 7

Metropolitan Peace Initiatives (MPI) Chief Program Officer Domonique McCord sat down with ABC 7’s Mark Rivera to discuss the efforts of the organization and the opening of the Metropolitan Peace Academy in Pilsen.

Bureau of Justice Assistance Hosts Violent Crime Reduction Summit

The U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance hosted the Violent Crime Reduction Summit on Wednesday, December 13, 2023 in Indianapolis. The event was aimed at educating attendees on community violence intervention (CVI) initiatives being used across the country.

Target Area Development Hosts ‘Holiday Blessings Dinner’ in Englewood

Ogden Park’s field house was filled with holiday spirit during Target Area Development’s Holiday Blessings Dinner on December 20. Approximately 80 people, including around 30 children, gathered to celebrate and eat a Christmas meal.

MPI’s Senior Field Manager Billy “Bo” Deal Completes Degree, Profiled in Chicago Sun-Times

Metropolitan Peace Initiatives (MPI) Senior Field Manager of Field Operations Billy “Bo” Deal was the subject of an incredible feature in the Chicago Sun-Times after earning his undergraduate degree in urban community studies from Northeastern Illinois University.

MPI Presents CP4P Model to CVI Community Leaders Across The Country

Metropolitan Peace Initiatives‘ Chief Policy Officer Kanu Iheukumere recently spoke at the Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy (CVILA). The event, known as the Community Violence Intervention Immersive Lab, hosted by UCAN Chicago, University of Chicago Crime Lab, and Heartland Alliance, was held December 11th – 15th and aimed to address the critical issue of gun violence.

Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation Celebrates Holiday Season with Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Joy, peace, and the holiday spirit filled the air as Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR) took part in gathering the Back of the Yards neighborhood for its annual Christmas tree lighting event on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 on the corner of 46th and Damen.