Crosstown Clásico 2021: Jugando por la paz

Durante el verano, organizamos una liga deportiva de sóftbol en el oeste de La Villita, con 8 equipos, y otra liga al este con 13 equipos. Cada noche hubo juegos para niños, comida, música, y decenas de personas reuniéndose para convivir. Así es como se trabaja por la paz y se construye la comunidad amada.

En las próximas semanas, los tres mejores equipos de los dos lados de La Villita competirán por el título del Crosstown Clásico. ¡Pronto anunciaremos la hora y la fecha en nuestras plataformas de las redes sociales! El propósito es “jugar por la paz” y romper la división en el vecindario a través del deporte.


Alianza Justice Rising: Proyecto 77

Recientemente anunciamos el lanzamiento de una nueva asociación con organizaciones locales: Breakthrough, BUILD, y Lawndale Christian Legal Center Recientemente anunciamos el lanzamiento de una nueva asociación con organizaciones locales: Breakthrough, BUILD, and Lawndale Christian Legal Center con el propósito de fortalecer la seguridad pública a través de los servicios sociales holísticos y la justicia restaurativa. Esta iniciativa se llama Alianza Justice Rising: Proyecto 77. El objetivo es romper el ciclo de encarcelamiento y reincidencia al abordar los problemas subyacentes que pueden conducir a un comportamiento negativo - y en última instancia, expandir este modelo a todos los 77 vecindarios de Chicago.

La asociación asignará abogados gratuitos a los clientes que tienen casos pendientes en los tribunales de menores y adultos del Tribunal de Circuito del Condado de Cook. Los clientes estarán conectados a servicios de empleo, escuela, consejería de trauma, atención médica, salud mental, emprendimiento, tutoría, vivienda, orientación espiritual, deportes, prevención de violencia y uso de sustancias.

“The past 18 months have been extremely difficult. Our neighborhoods have been hit hard by COVID-19, violence and injustice. Our young people need hope, healing, restoration and justice. Justice Rising will work to transform the systems around us, focus on wrapping around young people under 25 caught up in the criminal justice system, and build something new for the future. New Life Centers is excited to be part of the Justice Rising movement," said Matt DeMateo, Executive Director at New Life Centers.


Interviniendo durante una crisis de salud mental

Elías Román, part of New Life Centers’ street outreach team was featured on a WBEZ article where he talks about how he found himself stepping between a Chicago police SWAT team and a young neighbor experiencing a mental health crisis recently. He was able to persuade the youth to come out of his barricade and was later transported safely to the hospital.

“Román is not a mental health professional but the officers eventually allowed him to try to talk the young man out of the basement. Román said he put his youth mentoring skills to work: “ ‘You got a crowd out here waiting for you,’ I told him, playing around. And he’s like, ‘Yeah, man, they want to get me.’ I’m like, ‘They don’t want to get you. It’s just that everybody’s concerned because you said there are guns. … Come on, man, don’t do that to yourself or your family. Think about your safety.’ That’s what I was telling him."


La importancia del bienestar del personal

"New Life Centers practices what they preach. Not only is caring the driving force for the youth and community but also towards the staff. It’s been a long summer of serving so our day of rest, fun activities, and reconnecting was a breath of fresh air. So grateful to be part of an organization that cares so much for all who are around us and for us"

Nuestra programación de verano ha concluido oficialmente, y nos estamos preparando para el otoño! Durante el verano, disfrutamos el poder interactuar en persona de nuevo. Sin embargo, nos damos cuenta de la importancia del bienestar de nuestro equipo, especialmente con el peso que conlleva su trabajo. Gracias a uno de nuestros socios, pudimos proveer un presupuesto a cada equipo en Centros Nueva Vida, para que hicieran algo divertido y relajante. Unos escogieron pasar un rato en barco, otros se deslizaron por la tirolesa, y otros disfrutaron de carreras de go-karts!

"New Life Centers practices what they preach. Not only is caring the driving force for the youth and community but also towards the staff. It’s been a long summer of serving so our day of rest, fun activities, and reconnecting was a breath of fresh air. So grateful to be part of an organization that cares so much for all who are around us and for us," said Ken Alvarado, Associate Director of Partner Engagement.

Mentoria Deportiva
Servicios de resiliencia
Humboldt Park
Pan de Vida

Copa La Villita 2021

El campeonato de la Copa La Villita 2021 se llevó a cabo el 20 de agosto en la escuela Gary, como parte de nuestra programación Light in the Night. Fue Team Chuy contra Club Cuervos, y el Team Chuy resultó campeón. El fútbol es un nuevo programa que agregamos este año, dirigido por Ivan Alvarado. La Villita Club de Fútbol (LVCF) es un programa deportivo para jóvenes de 12-16 años, que se esfuerza para crear experiencias y oportunidades que cambian la vida, a través del fútbol. Creemos que el fútbol es más que un simple juego; es una herramienta para el cambio, un artefacto de la cultura, y una puerta de entrada a oportunidades extraordinarias para el mundo alrededor de nosotros.


Jóvenes participan en curso de Crossfit de 6 semanas

Este verano, jóvenes que forman parte de nuestros distintos programas deportivos participaron en un curso de 6 semanas de CrossFit, organizado por South Loop Strength & Conditioning. Los jóvenes aprendieron la forma adecuada de realizar ciertos ejercicios para evitar lesiones, y la importancia de la salud física y mental. El programa los animó a tener un estilo de vida más saludable.

“I learned a lot of different exercises every week. Another thing was how to do the exercises correctly, so I won’t hurt myself in the future," said Bryan.


Volunteer Spotlight: Maria

"It is very gratifying to have been able to serve for these many years in my Little Village community. There are many needs here and I am happy to help at any moment"

Maria Delgado is one of our Pan de Vida volunteers. She is known by many in the neighborhood for teaching aerobics. We call her “la maestra”. Maria has been a faithful volunteer for more than 10 years. She may be small in stature, but her contagious energy rivals anyone else on the team. "It is very gratifying to have been able to serve for these many years in my Little Village community. There are many needs here and I am happy to help at any moment," shares Maria about her experience. Maria feels blessed by those who come, even as she is a blessing to others.


La Semilla vuelve a la programación presencial

La Semilla now moved to three days of in-person programming in place of virtual programming. We are so excited to continue serving the youth and their parents throughout the pandemic. We are back to afterschool settings and offer kickback time where students are able to hang out with peers and share about life, homework help, social-emotional learning, bible lesson, and gym/park time for physical activity and team-building skills. It's been so fun to have the laughter and connections back in our space!


The Impact of Mentoring & Coaching

With Baseball underway the young men are conditioning, working together, and playing the game! Xavier has been playing for the Little Village league for four years. When asked what he liked most about the league he said "Every coach, every mentor is loving and open. It feels like a family. Everyone is very close close-knit and easy to talk to."

Working together on and off the field helps build a community. Everyone fighting for the same goal, and wishing the best for all involved.In the future Xavier would like to see more mentors and the continuation of building the family.


GEMS construye conexiones a través del arte

Last week the GEMS women, used paint to express the different emotions and situations that the young ladies have experienced. Each canvas was rotated in a circle between each GEM, each girl got to leave their mark on someone else's canvas. As the girls shared, it was a reminder that the GEMS room is a safe space where you can come as you are.

They are a community of women who love and support each other through this journey of life. The young ladies have shared their joys and pains, and it was beautiful because that's what GEMS stands for: empowering young ladies to use their stories of hope, joy, pain, and endurance. Both middle school and high school GEMS did a great job of being honest and open and using some of our values through the activity.