Please join the YMCA of Metro Chicago's Youth Safety & Violence initiative for the Urban Warriors Recognition Ceremony to honor and celebrate the youth and veterans who have successfully completed the Urban Warriors program.
The ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016.
Doors open at 10:30 AM, Program begins at 11:00 AM, lunch will be served at 12:30 PM.
Graduating Veterans and Veteran alumni are expected to arrive no later than 10:30 AM.
Urban Warriors is a program of the YMCA of Metro Chicago's Youth Safety and Violence Prevention initiative (YSVP). Urban Warriors provides a structured curriculum-based program, that pairs combat experienced veterans with youth exposed to violence in some of Chicago's most dangerous neighborhoods. These two groups share common life experiences–surviving in hostile environments and striving to cope. Together they discuss and process their experiences with violence, develop and share coping skills, and identify the strengths they have developed and how they can channel them to benefit their communities. This trauma-informed approach fosters a unique supportive relationship between military combat veterans and youth.. The youth not only pick up on these similarities, research has reflected the striking parallels between experiences of child soldiers around the world and gang members in the United States.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Street parking is available on 60th and surrounding streets. Parking lot details to come.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact Emalee Pearson, Urban Warriors Program Director with any questions firstname.lastname@example.org