STO Youth Anti-Violence & Mentoring Program

Operation Stop the Violence

The St. Titus One Youth Anti-Violence & Mentoring Program participated in Operation Stop the Violence, a Summer Program designed to provide youth with a positive outlet to crime during critical hours.

This program provided Late Night Youth Nights from 9 p.m. - Midnight each Friday and Saturday during the summer to keep the youth off the street during hours when most crime takes place.  "We wanted to make sure that youth in our community had a safe place to go where they could be engaged in fun, positive activities", Geri Jones, Executive Director said recently.

This program was made possible by a grant from the UChicago Medicine Center and Advocate Health Care.  In addition to coming together to play games like Uno, Connect 4, Sorry, the youth were also able to play basketball, Table Tennis and Foosball.

A hot meal was provided each night to ensure the youth left in a happy, positive mood.  We used the meal time to provide life skills training and to educate them about the negativity of gun violence and the repercussions.

The youth also participated in field trips and an awesome basketball tournament.  A highlight of the tournament was a Unity Basketball Game the youth played with the Police Officers from the 5th District (See video)  This helped to bridge the gap between the youth and officers and gave the youth a different outlook on police officers.

St. Titus One engages in an After School Program from 6-8 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday.  Our goal is to provide additional late night activities during the weekend in the future.