Mission: To mentor at-risk youth and young adults through educational, recreational, and employment opportunities.
Vision: To build a coalition of diverse churches to partner with local schools for the betterment of the community.
Goal: To invest in our children and communities and to be proactive using preventive measures to take back violence-infested neighborhoods, school by school.
-To fund Special Events (parent forums, parent and teacher , appreciation, anti-violence marches and rallies, and school supplies.)
Parternship and Investment in the Community
Sacred Ground seeks to partner with businesses in the wider community to meet the following unmet organizational needs:
-To hire Tutors (5 days a week from 10am-3pm)
-To hire a full-time Mentorship Coordinator that will recruit, train and supervise volunteers (i.e., college students, interns, alumni, church members, the community, seniors, etc.)
- To hire 2 part-time Restorative Justice & Peace Circle facilitators to focus on social emotional issues for students impacted by tragedy.
- To hire a School Counselor to work primarily on facilitating college entry.
-To fund the Eric Edwin Williams'Determined Spirit Award for scholarships for students who are going to college.
STATEMENT & GOALS
Since its inception, Sacred Ground has empowered:
–100 people in anti- violence awareness, involving local businesses, anti-violence marches, and voter registration.
–200 students at Hirsch Metropolitan High School to improve reading and academic performance and expand student leadership opportunities.
Sacred Ground Ministries is an anti-violence organization that promotes peace, social consciousness, and community awareness.
In 2012, Sacred Ground partnered with Hirsch Metropolitan High School in Chicago's Grand Crossing community, where it has initiated mentoring programs, student workshops, and more.
The Grand Crossing community is disproportionately impacted by poverty, violence, and teen pregnancy. When youth have meaningful relationships with adult mentors, they are 5 times more likely to graduate high school; 35% less likely to begin using drugs; and 52% less likely to be truant.