Ending Gun Violence
Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation – Chicago, Illinois
- Emerging Leader: Jonathan Little
- Grant Program: Emerging Leader
- Amount of Grant: $15,000
- Dates of Grant Term: August 2018 – August 2020
Jonathan Little is the Youth Leadership Coordinator for the Connected Chicago Youth Leadership program through Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR), Chicago, Ill. Little grew up in the Back of the Yards/Englewood neighborhood of Chicago where PBMR is located, and for the past five years he has worked at PBMR as a Youth Mentor and Restorative Justice Practitioner. Before working at PBMR, Little participated in the programs as a middle schooler and high schooler. He relates well with the youth because he grew up in the neighborhood and understands the gun violence and other challenges that face the young men. Little is currently enrolled in the College of Nursing at Malcolm X College in Chicago.
The Ending Gun Violence through Restorative Justice and Youth Leadership project will select a team of PBMR youth participants from the New City/Englewood neighborhood to become agents of peace in the neighborhood. The selected youth will receive in-depth training in the philosophy and practice of restorative justice. Afterwards, the team of youth leaders will conduct inter-community peace circles around the topic of community violence. These circles will occur in collaboration with community Restorative Justice Hub partners located in other Chicago neighborhoods. The program will provide space and training for these young people to learn about restorative tactics such as de-escalation, mediation, peer conferencing, and dialog.