The Violence Prevention Collaborative (VPC) creates a space for community leaders and organizations to work together toward the goal of a just and peaceful community. The network was started over a decade ago, when Enlace convened a coalition of local organizations to address rising violence in the community. Currently, VPC members include over 25 diverse organizations, including community organizations with multiple focus areas, schools, churches, and the Chicago Police Department. This diversity allows the network to address multiple forms of violence in a comprehensive way. The collaborative focuses on three issue areas that include community violence, domestic violence and the built environment, and utilizes three key strategies that include systems change, coordination of services and training.


In 2006, the VPC inaugurated “Healing the Hood,” its signature initiative. What began as a one-day festival has become a series of events throughout the summer held in the name of peace and healing. The goals are to engage partners in a shared vision for violence prevention efforts, create continuous positive activity during what is considered the most violent time of year, highlight the strengths of the community and of VPC member organizations, and reinforce the connections between local community members, organizations and institutions.


Over the years, the collaborative has spearheaded and sustained a number of innovative efforts aimed at improving relationships and collaboration between the community and the 10th District Police Department, integrating restorative justice practices into local programs and initiatives, advancing juvenile justice legislation, and coordinating the work of “first-responders” who employ a series of strategies to deescalate violence when it occurs.

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2017 Members Included:


  • 10th District Police Department

  • B.A.M./Youth Guidance

  • Beyond the Ball

  • Boys and Girls Club

  • Catholic Charities

  • Central States SER

  • Chicago Public Schools Network 7

  • Chicago Youth Boxing Club

  • La Villita Community Church

  • Community Links High School

  • Crecer/Cermak Chamber of Commerce

  • Enlace Chicago

  • Erie Neighborhood House

  • La Familia Unida

  • Little Village Rotary

  • Mt. Sinai Hospital

  • New Life Centers

  • Our Lady Of Tepeyac School

  • Padres Angeles

  • Sarah’s Inn

  • Schwab Rehabilitation Institute

  • SGA Youth and Family Services

  • St. Agnes Church

  • Taller De José

  • Telpochcalli Community Education Project

  • The Resurrection Project

  • United Way of Metro Chicago

  • Universidad Popular

  • Villapalooza

  • Yollocalli Arts Reach

  • Youth Guidance

  • YMCA Youth Safety and Violence Prevention