Recently left the corporate world following a 5 year stint as an Officer in the Army, to join an Urban Ministry staff - GRIP Outreach for Youth. I love that the Body of Christ is serving in some of Chicago's toughest areas, but we can do more.
If we can point the heavy-hitters, and their Artillery (dollars, volunteers, tech support, etc.) at poverty neighborhoods, and the tutor/mentor programs in those areas, we can do more to help the kids win this fight for their lives. I can't make that happen all by myself. The goal of forums like this is to share ideas so many people are trying to recruit such leaders and point them at maps that enable them to help all of us.
Hi Bryce, thanks for joining the group. Do youth and volunteers meet at your location on Hubbard St, or in different locations?
What branch of the Army were you with? I was in Military Intelligence many years ago and I was a student of military history in college. I use maps as a tool for showing where the enemy is concentrated (poverty) and where we have troop deployments (tutor/mentor programs). You can see our maps at
I've tried to attract current and ex military to adopt the way we use maps into their own leadership, because they understand that its logistics and supplies that win wars. If we can't get tutor/mentor programs into more high poverty areas, and keep each program well supplied with volunteers, dollars, ideas, etc., we will loose the kids to poverty and their neighborhoods.
I write about this in many places and use this forum to connect with others who will share these ideas in their own leadership and outreach. If you can connect faith leaders, and military leaders to us, they can do much to help each of us help our kids.