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A wall of tall glass windows stands out on Madison Street in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. A deviation from the down brick buildings, large orange letters appear on the bottom right side – “The Peace Corner Youth Center” it reads.

Nestled in the west side of Chicago, The Peace Corner is open on the weekdays from 10 am to 6:30 pm. The Peace Corner provides a variety of services to the public— all free of charge.

During the morning and the early afternoon, the organization opens it’s facilities to help prepare young adults for careers. According to their website, “[they] offer assistance in computer literacy, job preparation seminars and referrals to educational resources.”

The organization does everything it can to assure that neighborhood know about their facilities. Their staff spends time in the neighborhood getting their information out to families and helping coordinate transportation to make it possible for youth to benefit from what they have to offer.

Once school gets out, The Peace Corner fills with students. Tutors are available to help with homework. There are video game consoles, arts and craft areas, computers and a gym the students can play in. Meals are also provided; in fact in 2013 the corner provided 13,000 meals throughout the entire year.

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The Peace Corner is also highly involved in restorative justice. It offers legal services, mediation support, and conflict resolution support and ex-juvenile detention services.

The Peace Corners also has a summer program that runs for six weeks. The students arrive in the morning and stay until the evening. Throughout they day they are participate in many activities, work on community service projects and take field trips around the city.

The organization does everything it can to assure that neighborhood know about their facilities. Their staff spends time in the neighborhood getting their information out to families and helping coordinate transportation to make it possible for youth to benefit from what they have to offer.

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Over all, the idea is to provide a ‘safe haven’ for youth who live in communities often plagued with violence. The Peace Corner provides youth with a sense of belonging and empowers them with tools to help them succeed.

Call to Action:

The Peace Corner has many opportunities for volunteers and welcomes applications. Visit their website for details

In addition, the Peace Corner accepts donations of various sorts including goods and services.