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NFL Renews ‘Inspire Change’ Grant With Metropolitan Peace Initiatives

Metropolitan Peace Initiatives (MPI) will be the recipient of a grant renewal from the NFL, furthering the organization’s mission to help reduce gun violence across Chicago.

Communities Partnering 4 Peace Wins UChicago ‘Distinctive Innovation and Social Service Award

The University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice recently awarded Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P) with the 2024 Distinctive Innovation and Social Service Award. This accolade is given annually to deserving social service agencies and programs that demonstrate innovation in their approaches and practices while reflecting the mission of the school.

‘Trauma Is Real’: CVI Leaders Discuss the Importance of Healing

With May being recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month, and specifically, May 15 being observed as National Trauma Survivors Day, there was no better time for leading voices in the community violence intervention (CVI) and restorative justice spaces to speak on the effects of trauma and the strength in healing.

Claretian Associates Honors Mothers With Free ‘Paint and Chat’ Event in South Chicago

It was all about the mamas as Claretian Associates hosted a “Mothers Appreciation Paint and Chat” on Thursday, May 9, 2024 at the South Chicago SALUD Center. The event was a part of Communities Partnering 4 Peaces (CP4P) Light in the Night initiative, a program aimed at reclaiming public spaces to empower communities.

CVI in Practice: MPI Leads Strategy Workshops at 2024 PLECET National Conference in Atlanta

Metropolitan Peace Initiatives (MPI) leadership conducted a series of community violence intervention (CVI) training courses at the 2024 Professionalizing Law Enforcement-Community Engagement Training (PLECET) National Conference on May 2 and 3, 2024 in Atlanta.

WATCH NOW: The Civil Rights Act at 60 — How Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream Lives on in Chicago

The past and the present collided in a conversation on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, its lasting effects, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy as the Family Action Network hosted a panel discussion at Evanston Township High School on Monday, April 29, 2024. Metropolitan Peace Initiatives (MPI) Executive Director Vaughn Bryant reflected on how Dr. King’s vision continues to inform his organization’s efforts in combating gun violence across Chicago.

Food For Those In Need: Pan de Vida Opens Fourth Location in Chicago

The neighborhood of Midway recently celebrated the grand opening of a new Pan de Vida, which translates to “Bread of Life”, location at New Life Centers. This marked a collaborative effort with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to provide food to thousands within the community. 

Community Justice Action Fund’s Policy and Advocacy Summit Holds ‘Platform for Policy’ Panel


Influence and the power of a platform were the topics of conversation during a panel discussion on gun violence policy at the Community Justice Action Fund Policy and Advocacy Summit on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in Washington D.C.  The full-day event, which was followed by a lobby “action day” on Wednesday, served as an immersive training for community violence intervention (CVI) professionals, gun violence survivors, and policymakers to learn how to be effective advocates and communicate top priorities for policy change.

CVI Experts Discuss Public Safety at ‘Civilian Infrastructure’ Panel

Community violence intervention (CVI) experts from across Chicago came together for a panel discussion entitled “Civilian Infrastructure for Public Safety” on Friday, April 12, 2024 at UCAN headquarters in Homan Square. Hosted by Leadership Greater Chicago, the conversation aimed to highlight how organizations such as the coalition of Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P), Metropolitan Peace Initiatives (MPI), and Chicago CRED are playing their part in addressing gun violence.

EVENT: Join Us for CVI Rally Day to Permanently Fund RPSA

The Illinois Peace Project invites you to join us for a CVI Rally Day in Springfield, IL on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 to help permanently fund the Reimagine Public Safety Act (RSPA), a comprehensive approach to violence prevention. A collaborative of CVI organizations, faith leaders, and community members will take the trip to make our voices heard..

Building Bridges: CP4P Community Violence Intervention Professionals and CPD Unite to Tackle Chicago Gun Violence

Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P) community violence intervention (CVI) professionals and representatives from the Chicago Police Department (CPD) met at the new Metropolitan Peace Academy (MPA) for a CVI and CPD Professional Understanding session. The workshop was the first of two sessions in which both groups are seeking to foster mutual understandings of each other’s roles in the public safety.

The CeaseFire Reunion: Embracing Legacy, Inspiring the Future

Members of Chicago’s former community violence intervention organization CeaseFire, formerly known as Cure Violence, recently reunited, marking the organization’s historical contribution and its ongoing impact on gun violence prevention efforts.

Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities, Metropolitan Peace Academy Host DOJ Reception

The Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities (PSPC) and the Metropolitan Peace Academy (MPA) hosted an intimate reception and site visit for the Department of Justice on Thursday, April 4, 2024 following the 2024 CVIPI Grantee Conference.

Overheard at the 2024 CVIPI Grantee Conference

Metropolitan Peace Initiatives (MPI) and Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P) were present at the 2024 Community Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative (CVIPI) Grantee Conference which took place from April 2-5 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.

‘I Wanted to Change the Narrative’: How One Outreach Worker Transformed His Life

There’s something to be said about an individual who has the self-determination to change their circumstances, despite old habits or outside influences. One who doesn’t necessarily wait for the perfect time to change course, or for things to get “bad enough.” Instead, they have the vision to want more for themselves, their future, and for those around them.

WATCH NOW: MPI Executive Director Vaughn Bryant Talks Chicago Public Safety With WTTW

WTTW News hosted the latest installment of its live panel series entitled “VOICES: A WTTW News Community Conversation” on Monday, March 25, 2024 as an opportunity to discuss Chicago crime, violence, and public safety with key figures in the community violence intervention (CVI) space. 

The Resilience of Noah White: Moments of Tragedy Turn into a Lifetime of Purpose

March 11, 2006 is a day Noah White will never forget. A day when the world as he knew it came crashing down.

DOJ Visits Metropolitan Peace Academy, Looks to Future of Community Violence Intervention Work

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) made an early morning site visit to the Metropolitan Peace Academy (MPA) Training & Wellness Center in Pilsen on Friday, March 15, 2024. The purpose of the meeting and subsequent tour was to give an overview of the Academy’s services, its commitment to reducing gun violence in Chicago, and its continued efforts in professionalizing the field of community violence intervention (CVI).

‘Movie at the Park’ Brings Film Favorites to Back of the Yards Neighborhood

Disney’s Big Hero 6 was the feature film of the evening at the latest installment of Movie at the Park, an event series hosted by the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) in partnership with the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago (INVC).

Target Area Development Hosts Black History Family Feud Night

History enthusiasts and game show aficionados dusted off their memorized facts to participate in a Family Feud night hosted by Target Area Development at Lindblom Park. This event was part of Light in the Night, a Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P) program aimed at reclaiming public spaces.