The Chicago Purpose, Restoration, Integrity, Determination, and Excellence (P.R.I.D.E.) Initiative
Chicago P.R.I.D.E. provides people recently released from incarceration with pathways to a postsecondary education through intensive college readiness instruction, case management, mental health education and existing community services aligned directly with postsecondary academic instruction. The program offers an opportunity for 30 men and women between the ages of 18 and 32 to have access to twelve months of participation in a post-release, Restorative Justice and Re-Entry Program that includes the following courses:
• Introduction to Post-Corrections Legal Reality
• Introduction to Critical Skills for Life Change
• Independent Community Living and Life Planning
• Internship in Community Transitions and Workforce Development
Mercy Job Bank
Through this program, low-income residents are placed in jobs with a variety of local businesses. The job bank is an excellent resource for low-income and minority individuals residing on the South Side of Chicago who seek placement in the workforce. Though priority is given to South Side residents, all citizens living in Chicago are eligible for placement.
Adelaide F. Ward GED Program
This is our most productive and innovative program. Over 12 weeks, staff and volunteers support students in GED prep courses. All former students in this new program have gone on to pass the GED exam and become eligible for promotions with their employer.
My Brother’s / Sister’s Keeper
Developed for African American males and females ages 16-24, the program’s goal is the building of positive role models via a network of volunteer mentors from across Chicago. Participants meet twice a week at the Sanders TLC for a minimum of 2 hours each week for 24 weeks. The My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper program is funded by a grant from the Chicago Community Trust.
Enrollment is now open and will continue until further notice. To learn more, please contact us at Info@WardFound.org.