African American Legacy awarded funding to Community Outreach Volunteers, NFP, a human services organization providing youth services, a community center and preventative health services.  Community Outreach Volunteers, NFP is based in Chicago’s Englewood community.  Its Voice Not Violence project was named Images of Peace.

Nurturing filmmakers on Chicago’s South Side


Community Outreach Volunteers, NFP piloted a program to encourage teens in the visual arts

Community Outreach Volunteers, NFP set out to explore the connection between teens’ mental health and the uptick in violent behavior by developing a school-year program that included visual arts, mentoring, tutoring and preventative health education. Executive director Tonny Lumu worked with 25 teens from Curie and Robeson high schools, both on the South Side, and introduced them to new experiences and people with whom they could share their perspectives on violence. Students met each weekday after school, developing ideas for a violence prevention film. A highlight of the program was the students’ introduction to the television and radio departments at Kennedy-King College and Chicago State University. Through these campus partnerships, Community Outreach Volunteers, NFP participants learned writing, production and interactive television skills, spending time in studio and control rooms. These lessons were implemented by the youth as part of their own production of a video, “Images of Peace,” which explored bullying and identified their solutions to the problem.

Here’s what Community Outreach Volunteers, NFP accomplished with support from African American Legacy

Two Major Community Outreach Volunteers, NFP Achievements


Community Outreach Volunteers, NFP positively affected 25 teens in Englewood, of whom 75% completed all program activities, 80% contributed ideas for the final film, and 75% demonstrated consistency in school attendance (versus non-participating students).


Community Outreach Volunteers, NFP was nominated for a prestigious grant from the Aetna Voices of Health initiative; public support and online votes were needed to win the award. Community Outreach Volunteers, NFP leveraged AAL technical assistance to develop and implement a campaign strategy, and ultimately bested 30 other organizations (by a landslide of votes) to be awarded the $30,000 grant. The work Community Outreach Volunteers, NFP accomplished with the grant was subsequently featured in an episode of “Weekend Business Report.”

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