Connecting young people and their families with Christ and community through after-school programs, restorative justice, safe spaces and life-on-life relationships.
While now serving as a nationwide model for gang intervention and citywide model for after-school programs, New Life Centers of Chicagoland was originally created in 2005 to address the needs of the surrounding locations of New Life Community Church. As neighbors approached the church with pressing issues – youth violence, gang violence, teen pregnancy, justice system involvement, unemployment, and food insecurity – New Life responded with custom-made Centers' programs that fit the community. Initial sites grew in the Little Village and Midway neighborhoods (2005), later adding Humboldt Park (2008) to the family. To this day, New Life Centers continues to serve through its five pillars of service - mentoring, education, sports, peacemaking, and community care - in the communities of Little Village, Humboldt Park, Pilsen, Midway, and Brighton Park.