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Tuesday Blast: Teens Set New Standards
Delivered: November 4, 2014

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November 2014 Edition



On March 12, 2015, Chicago Foundation for Women will celebrate five Chicago individuals for their dedication to increasing resources and opportunities for women and girls in the Chicago area.

Nominations will close promptly at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 21, 2014. Find out more details on our website. 


Did you know that 1 in 5 Chicago youth is experiencing violence in a dating relationship? (Source: Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women)

A new Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence study by NORC at the University of Chicago found that nearly 20 percent of both boys and girls reported themselves as victims of physical and sexual abuse in dating relationships. In Chicago, teens are creating and participating in a groundbreaking shift in dating violence prevention.

Between Friends is a prime example of the innovative solutions that Chicago Foundation for Women supports. Known for its best-practice in teen dating violence prevention, the organization uses a proactive approach in addressing this issue. Their work addresses all levels that influence youth violence: individual, relationship, community and society. Between Friends’ Relationship Education: A Choice for Hope (REACH) program is the largest and most comprehensive initiative of its kind in Illinois, working with schools and youth organizations throughout Chicago to educate middle and high school-aged teens about dating violence, how to prevent it, and where to go for help. The program serves over 5,600 students and 460 adults.

REACH meets teens where they are. That means no boring lectures, arts-based activities and plenty of encouragement for teens to talk freely so their voice can be heard. Teens in the REACH program develop creative ways to discuss healthy relationships and share their knowledge with  their peers. REACH’s commitment to a comprehensive approach to prevent teen dating violence is paying off with impressive results:

  • 89% of participants know warning signs and dynamics of domestic violence;

  • 90% of participants say they know healthy ways to resolve conflicts;

  • 84% of participants know appropriate and healthy ways to help others who are in unhealthy relationships.

Between Friends recently unveiled an interactive website where teens can learn about healthy versus unhealthy or abusive relationships, take a “stay or go” quiz, submit a relationship question online, and learn about resources available to any abuse victim, including a 24/7 hotline.

Another grantee, Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center (ZCenter) in Lake County, IL understands the importance of promoting freedom from violence for all youth by providing free, age‐appropriate safety workshops for students in elementary school through local colleges, teaching them about recognizing the warning signs of sexual abuse and dating violence. The program also educates school counselors and teachers about the correct procedures to take if a student discloses abuse.

Like CFW, the REACH Program is preparing the next generation of civic leaders.During the 2013-14 school year, i2i TRU Ambassadors, who are Chicago area high-schoolers held three successful awareness-raising events for sixth, seventh and eighth graders and their families in the Englewood area.

Shibriel is an i2i TRU Ambassador and has served as youth leader for the last three years. REACH has given her a new outlook about relationships. “I use to think that boys treating girls a certain way was just how things go. Now, when I see things happening I know how to stand up and say that’s wrong, especially with my friends. If I have a girl (friend) that is going through stuff with her boyfriend I can tell her she doesn’t deserve that,” said Shibriel.

Charles, another Ambassador,  says “ I have an important voice and the REACH program help me learn how I can use my voice to create a chain reaction and stop the cycle of abuse.  I learned that there are many types of abuse - not just physical, there is mental, emotional, and sexual abuse.  I also learned that if you have been sexually assaulted or abused that there are people out there to help you.”

With a group of committed teens and dedicated adult allies, there is no doubt that we can prevent teen dating violence and raise a generation of people who have strong, peaceful and loving relationships. 

CFW in the community  
6th Annual North Shore Holiday Party
Celebrate the season of giving!  Join Chicago Foundation for Women for an intimate holiday gathering at the Evanston home of CFW's President/CEO, K. Sujata and her husband, Laurence Marks. Co-hosted by board member Blair Wellensiek, this event is CFW’s premier holiday gathering. We still need host committee members so if you are interested in, please contact Liz Rivera at or 312-577-2820. To register and learn more, visit the event page HERE.  

Grantees in the news   


The Night Ministry's Health Outreach Bus

Health Outreach Bus
CFW grantee, The Night Ministry, recently completed a $750,000 campaign to purchase a new Health Outreach Bus and expand Health Outreach Services by 33% in Chicago’s most medically vulnerable neighborhoods. The Health Outreach Bus features many new, valuable features including a specimen pass between the restroom and nurse’s station, a table where Outreach Nurses can speak eye to eye with visitors about their health concerns and an electronic scroll on the exterior to display important weather announcements. 

Last year, on the Health Outreach Bus:

  • 1,200 individuals received free medical care
  • 475 meals were served by volunteers
  • 588 individuals received an HIV test

Solidarity & Struggle for the Rights of Domestic Workers
Please join CFW grantee Arise Chicago and other organizations for an evening of activities focused on creating greater understanding of the struggles for justice by and for domestic workers. The public conversation and panel discussion will take place on Thursday, November 6 at 6 pm at Gallery 400 located at 400 South Peoria Street. A panel will explore the critical challenges of the contemporary movement for domestic workers’ rights. Domestic workers and organizers from Arise Chicago will also share their personal stories and experiences organizing for labor protections. The featured panelists are:

  • Sheila Bapat, Author of Part of the Family? Nannies, Housekeepers, Caregivers and the Battle for Domestic Workers’ Rights
  • Ania Jakubek, Organizer, Arise Chicago Worker Center
  • Isabel Mendez, Domestic Worker, Member Organizer at Arise Chicago
  • Heather Radke, Exhibitions Coordinator, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
  • Magdalena Zylinska, Domestic Worker, Member Organizer at Arise Chicago

View the event flyer for more details.

Gender Justice and Survivors Stories with The Voices and Faces Project
Join CFW grantee, the Voice and Faces Project along with the University of Chicago and former host of WBEZ’s 848 for a talk with Anne K Ream and Patricia Evans about the multi-year, multi-country journey that became Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors. The book became a critically praised collection of narrative and photographic portraits which is going to its second printing this November. Post-dialogue, there will be a celebration of the book's success with Anne, Patricia and the extraordinary community of artists, activists and Voices and Faces Project partners who made Lived Through This possible. Lived Through This: The book discussion and celebration will take place on Saturday, November 15 from 8 – 11 pm (author discussion begins at 8 pm sharp) at Nest (Bloomingdales Building) 900 North Michigan Ave., Chicago. The book signing will immediately follow the discussion. RSVP required.

LBTQ Giving Council Creates Video for Fundraising Campaign 
CFW's LBTQ Giving Council was recently profiled in Windy City Times about their innovative end-of-year appeal that will launch mid-November. The Council worked with Steve Lemieux-Jordan of Evanston Photographic Studios Inc. to create a video highlighting both grantees and members of the Council. Read the full article HERE.

University of Chicago Selects a CFW Grantee for First Year of Community Programs Accelerator 
Polished Pebbles, a grantee of the Young Women's Giving Council, has been selected to be part of University of Chicago's Community Programs Accelerator. The program will receive up to $50,000 in funding support from UChicago, and will also receive professional assessments to determine their areas of need, workspace on campus for either one, two or three years, and technical assistance from the University and its partners to enhance their work in mid-South Side communities. Read more about the program HERE.

 Upcoming events

Visit our website calendar to see all our upcoming programs and events.

06: Bottle and Bottega with the Women of Color Giving Council
14: Fourth Annual thanksGIVING Celebration with the Young Women's Giving Council

11: 6th Annual North Shore Holiday Party

MARCH 2015
12: 30th Anniversary Impact Awards

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