I've always believed that 1) changing the world starts locally and 2) you never know what amazing people and things you can bump into when you get out there.
I went to a luncheon where the leaders of the YMCA of Metro Chicago spoke about their Urban Warrior program, one of their Youth Safety and Violence Prevention programs. When Chicago youth in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods with gang violence were asked who their heroeswere, 75% of those named were fictional. The most popular real life heroes cited were our military.
So the YMCAcreated Urban Warriors, a structured program that provides Chicago youth with veteran mentors and aims to reduce the traumatic effects of violence. The youth in these neighborhoods share experiences with our veterans - surviving hostile environments and striving to cope. Researchers often note the similarity between US gang members and child soldiers.
I'm grateful I went to that luncheon. People are doing amazing things in our communities, and we are happy to announce that your purchases funded Pop Karma donations to the Urban Warriors program. To learn more about Urban Warriors, click here.
While a fresh year is an opportunity for fresh beginnings, what energy do you want to keep going from last year? We want to keep the momentum from the Good Food Accelerator - lots of learning and great community.
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