Updates from Metropolitan Family Services

Family Matters | Updates from Metropolitan Family Services 


I believe in people, I believe in our institutions, especially the gains we've made in terms of creating an infrastructure to stop violence - we just have to keep going.

- Vaughn Bryant, Executive Director of Metropolitan Peace Initiatives
on WTTW's Chicago Tonight

Programs operating remotely during Covid-19

Heart of Cabi event at Metropolitan's North Center

"Heart of Cabi" event provides an empowering afternoon at our North Center

North Center and North Children’s Center once again hosted the Heart of Cabi event, and participants were treated to a wonderful and empowering afternoon — put together by staff and clothing stylists from Cabi, the online clothing company. Each participant met with a stylist to choose their own clothing, and received jewelry and self-care items.




Town hall focuses on mental health issues in children, adolescents
ABC 7 Chicago
Te'Aira Malone-Zuccaro, Clinical Program Director at our Calumet Center, joined an ABC 7 Chicago panel to discuss mental health challenges youth face, as well as ways families can support their children and resources available from community organizations like Metropolitan.

Praying, Marching and Cooking Out: Violence Prevention Workers Fan Out for Memorial Day as Shootings Continue to Rise in Chicago
Chicago Sun Times
Steve Perkins, Director of Outreach at Metropolitan Peace Initiatives, along with other community leaders, shares a look at how violence prevention organizations prepare for and aim to mitigate violence over Memorial Day.

* Youth Community Changemakers Teen Participants Find Fun in Giving
The Hinsdalean 

Our Southwest Center's Behavioral Health program staff are grateful for support from a Community Memorial Foundation initiative educating and empowering youth as the next generation of philanthropists.


Vaughn Bryant on WTTW's Chicago Tonight

"We're at a historic point of understanding and acceptance of the role of outreach workers."

Chicago murders and shooting victims down last month compared to 2020. Vaughn Bryant, Executive Director of Metropolitan Peace Initiatives, joined READI Chicago's Eddie Bocanegra on WTTW's Chicago Tonight to discuss how street outreach efforts are contributing to decreases in violence.


Gallistel STEAM Family Fun Night

S.T.E.A.M. Night at one of our Southeast Chicago Center's Community Schools engages families in fun and learning

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) skills are necessary to achieve college and career goals – just one reason for an Earth Day-themed Family Fun S.T.E.A.M. Night for families at Gallistel Language Academy! 

“Parents were wonderful supporting their children by picking up materials and engaging with their students in the activities of the event,” shared Irma Saldana, Resource Coordinator for our Community Schools program at Gallistel.



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