Collective Climb is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that takes a restorative justice approach to protect and nurture Philadelphia youth by teaching teens how to build community, repair harm, and empower others. Their programming, specifically the Restorative Community Project, directly impacts and emboldens its participants to be activists in their communities.
“Collective Climb’s Restorative Community Project (RCP) is a paid 3-month violence prevention fellowship that prepares cohorts of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) Philadelphia teenagers to confront structural harms and address conflict before it escalates to violence. In practice, RCP functions as an emotional space where young people can heal together and tap into their innate gifts as mediators, artists, storytellers, and agitators! Most crudely, it’s a project built to sustain the hope that Black joy, security, and freedom are possibilities,” said founder and Executive Director, Mckayla Warwick.
“For us, this grant unlocks more retreats, more events for youth ideas to breathe and flourish, and more financial resources that go directly to young people. We are so grateful.”
For over 15 years, the Drexel University Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice’s Healing Hurt People violence intervention program has provided culturally responsive, trauma-focused, and strengths-based behavioral health healing services to survivors of violent injury between the ages of 8 and 35 and their families.
CNSJ’s Healing Centered Learning (HCL) and Community Outreach Teams (COT) work to prevent violence by providing training, certification, and job placement for young people between 18 and 24. These professionals enter the workforce as Certified Peer Specialists and Community Health Workers in a variety of settings, including our COT program, where they help young people between ages 14 and 30 understand and heal from their ongoing community and racial trauma.
“Helping victims of violence heal from trauma takes specialized knowledge provided by empathetic peers who are best equipped to understand their neighbor’s pain and what they need to chart a healthy course forward,” said David Dunbeck, Executive Director of Drexel’s Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice. “By giving these individuals these tools, we’re working together to build more equitable and safer communities throughout Philadelphia.”
CNSJ also seeks to change the narrative about healing from trauma through the Our Words Heal campaign (wecanhealfromtrauma.org) and our research and advocacy work.
Mothers in Charge is a violence prevention, education, and intervention-based organization that focuses on advocating and supporting youth, young adults, families, and communities affected by violence. The organization offers grief counseling, support, and more for families whose loved ones are killed. Their services include:
• Peer support at the scene of the crime or follow-up at home
• Victim advocacy 24-hour live support
• Mobile Meetings Grief Support (individual/group)
• On-going wellness outreach VCAP (Victims Compensation Assistance Program)
• Support at Homegoing Services
Mothers in Charge collaborates with elected officials, community leaders, and other community and faith-based organizations on legislation and solutions to support safe neighborhoods and communities for children and families. The organization runs on donations, so the Eagles’ grant will directly impact their ability to carry out their impactful services.