Past Project Experiences

  • Developed and implemented an Anti-Gang/Drug Prevention Program, which focused on the knowledge (or lack thereof) of individuals, parents and school administrators of gang activity in school district 149 in Dolton, Illinois. Fall of 1993

  • Developed a Violence Prevention Program (VPP) that was initially funded by Local Area Network 79 (LAN) at Harper High School after recognizing the widespread violence that had rapidly impaired the quality of life of community residents. The curriculum was ten-weeks and covered many factors of violence. For example, the VPP showed adolescents the extent to which they are at risk of homicide, unveiling many misconceptions about violence. VPP also demonstrated to the participant how easily one can become a homicide victim, positive ways to deal with anger, arguments, and any other issues of conflict that often precedes violence. April 1994 * In July 1997 United Way at South Shore High School continued the funding of this program.

  • Designed and implemented a program to bring Computer Technology and Expertise to those who did not have access. The program served groups of 12 to 15 children or adults and provided basic computer literacy, while exploring common applications. Individuals learned how to apply computer technology to their own projects, with an emphasis on community needs. Children in the program were encouraged to integrate their schoolwork into the class using simple word processing or researching a topic through the Internet. Overall, the ten-week program was designed to cover common computer applications. August 1996

  • Active participation of the Pathway Program Collaborative which was funded by IDCFS and designed to be a Supervised Independent Living Program, with housing provided in community-based apartments. This program placed a great deal of importance on client choice and decision-making about their independent living arrangements. Youth considered appropriate for referral to the Pathway Program were males and females between the ages of 16-21 who were under the guardianship of IDCFS, had to demonstrate through an assessment process the ability to achieve independence within 12-24 months and who required an array of back-up services in order to make satisfactory progress towards independence. July 1997

  • Designed and implemented a Mentoring Program funded by IDCFS and Chrysalis Group. Prospective volunteers were recruited from our agency’s employee referral system, local businesses and the community. Prospective mentors had to meet specific criteria such as personal stability, positive self-esteem, good employment records, willing to accept responsibility, good listeners, non-judgmental, able to cope with stressful situations and be tolerant of alternative lifestyles. A mentor’s role was not to interfere with agency policies and procedures, nor to provide solutions to all the issues facing participants. Each mentor was cautioned at the outset not to expect immediate and dramatic changes in attitudes, self-esteem, or behavior. Not all of the mentors came from business and industry. Municipal agencies, local church groups, retired teacher organizations, college alumni associations, and fraternal organizations were also good sources for prospective mentors. Background checks for criminal history or child abuse and neglect history were obtained through a LEADS and CANTS check. August 1997

  • The Dolton Community Crime Prevention Program (DCCP) had been set up for the purpose of providing the community and the court system with innovative ways of offsetting criminal activity and promoting healthy behavior in the Village of Dolton. The program provided the Village with activities and services to reduce crime and improve public safety through the implementation of street mentoring and a very aggressive community crime program. The program utilized a wide range of structured activities such as life skill development, HIV/AIDS education, and prevention crime. The DCCP also established relationships with the juvenile court system in Markham and the juvenile probation officers assigned to the Dolton area. The DCCP utilized information gathered from the courts to assist juveniles in the community to maintain their probationary guidelines. Finally, the program conducted workshops twice a week, once during the week and once on Saturday. January 1998

  • Meals-On-Wheels Program had been set up for the purpose of providing meals to clients that were home bound. This program offered clients a variety in food selection with a home-style preparation. The target population were men, women and in some cases youth with a disability status. In this program we provided participants with 5 to 7 meals per week, predetermined by their doctor or agency’s service plans. December 1998

  • Computer Education and Supportive Services (CESS) was a structured, supervised, vocational service program. CESS provided alternative programming for individuals, which enhanced their employable and social interaction skills. Benefits to individuals included increasing their self-esteem, equipping them with solid computer knowledge and preparing them with marketable skills. CESS was also designed to provide vocational training in computer technology along with supportive services.

Housing Programs 2002

  • Transitional Living Program from the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Family Services. The program assisted homeless females without children, between the ages of 16-21 in the Chicago metropolitan area achieve self-sufficiency through providing shelter, life-skills training and support services. These youth received a stable living environment at Le Penseur's Dolton, Illinois location for no more than 18 months before obtaining permanent housing. Working towards self-sufficiency in hopes the youth avoid long-term dependency on social services through empowerment education designed to provide housing counseling skills, substance abuse, medical, mental health, employment, educational, and parenting skills. This project greatly increased the availability of services to the homeless youth in Southeast Chicago and in South Suburban Cook County. Youth had access to services designed to make them fully independent and productive citizens. 2002

  • Additional Transitional Living Programs from the Department of Children and Family Services. The first program (TLP2) targeted DCFS female Wards without children, ages 17-21 and the second program (TLP3) targeted DCFS female Wards with children and/or pregnant teens, ages 17-21 in the Chicago metropolitan. These two additional housing programs ran the same as the TLP1 project funded by ACF. Additionally, more assistance was given to the young ladies for opportunities to learn employment skills and find work. After completing the TLP program the youth would move from transitional housing to independent permanent housing. 2006