North Lawndale Organizations

A Message from Adivi President, Barry Pollard:

Hello friend,

I stand with those who are protesting for equality. Now more than ever, it is important to commit to doing better on the path toward racial and social justice.

As an active member of the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council and the Kinship Initiative Movement, I'd like to take this time to highlight the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago, a community that needs our support.

Listed below are organizations that work to provide improvements in the Lawndale community. Please consider joining, sharing, or donating to their causes:

Boxing Out NegativityBoxing Out Negativity
Boxing Out Negativity combines physical training with mentorship, tutoring, motivational discussions, and community service to help youth realize the best within themselves. Boxing helps to build self-respect and a sense of purpose through a culture of positivity.
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   Homan Grown
Homan Grown’s mission is to 1. provide employment and training in advanced horticultural, design, and construction skills to residents of North Lawndale; 2. provide high-quality native and non-native perennial plants and trees to non-profit gardens and reforestation projects in Chicago; 3. act as an educational resource for the students and non-profits of Chicago.
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Homan Square Foundation
Our vision for the Foundation for Homan Square is to create and maintain a special place that improves the quality of life for the residents of the North Lawndale community.
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I AM ABLE Center for Family
I AM ABLE was founded and incorporated from a strengths-based perspective due to overwhelming challenges and disparities faced by African American and Latino families who are plagued by substance abuse, family violence, marital breakup, family dysfunction, adverse system issues, and child welfare involvement.​
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Juvenile Protection Agency
We believe, along with Jane Addams, that our children, especially those living in severe conditions, need access to programs and services that will enable them to learn, grow, and lead productive lives. By providing therapeutic services to children in challenged neighborhoods, JPA helps them repair the connections broken by violence, instability, and alienation.
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KinshipKinship Initiative Movement
Through the Kinship Initiative, people of North Lawndale and Old St. Patrick's Church walk alongside one another in friendship, sharing our talents and resources to secure justice, opportunity, and the transformation of our communities.
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Chicago Lawndale AMACHI Mentoring Program (LAMP) is a community-based organization that connects youth in North Lawndale to screened, trained and culturally competent adult mentors who provide academic, social and developmental support. Our programs aim to break the cycle of generational incarceration by providing a safe and enriching environment to youth ages 4 to 18.
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Lawndale Christian Development Corporation
Lawndale Christian Development Corporation was established in 1987 by Lawndale Christian Community Church to bring holistic revitalization to the lives and environments of Lawndale residents through economic empowerment, housing improvements, educational enrichments and community advocacy.
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Lawndale Christian Legal Center
Lawndale Christian Legal Center is a restorative justice program in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood where we’re offering holistic social and legal services to youth. We work to defend young people, keep them out of prison and give them the resources they need to grow into the citizens they’re meant to be.
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New Covenant CDC
The mission of New Covenant CDC is to establish community sustainability through entrepreneurial economic development via classes, workshops, and one on one business coaching.
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North Lawndale Employment Network
The NLEN serves under- and unemployed residents of the community. Our clients include citizens returning from incarceration and others who face the day-to-day hardships of living without enough income to support themselves and their families.
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Open Books
Open Books is a nonprofit that provides literacy experiences for tens of thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and the creative capitalization of books.
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Sankofa Safe Child Initiative
Sankofa’s mission is to provide trauma informed supportive services, supportive housing, referrals to resources that encourage under served families and communities to be strong, self sufficient, and remain intact.
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Sinai Community Institute
The entities of Sinai Health System collectively deliver a full range of quality inpatient and outpatient services, as well as a large number of innovative, community-based health, research and social service programs.
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UCAN’s primary clients are youth in the care of the state child welfare system, and youth who have been removed from their homes for reasons of abuse or neglect. We also work with the families of these children to enhance the full spectrum of support.
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