In this graphic you can see a small map of Chicago inserted at the bottom, with high poverty areas highlighted. Comprehensive, mentor-rich programs are needed in every one of these areas.
I focus on roles business, hospitals, universities and faith groups can take to make great programs available in more places and in this article I'm introducing a new resource that shows faith groups in different zip codes of Chicago.
This map was created using the interactive map on the ARDA (Association of Religious Data Archives) web site. This map view is showing the area around the 60640 zip code in Chicago.
The ARDA Research Hub includes this data map and a huge library of additional research.
Here's a second map, showing the area around the 60651 zip code, which is the Austin community area of Chicago. There are literally hundreds of faith based groups on this map. On the graphic I'm pointing to a button you can click to get more information about the area highlighted. At the top of the graphic I'm pointing to where you enter a zip code (any from the entire US) to find data showing faith groups in that zip code. Spend time getting to know the site. It looks like a great resource.
Below is another map, created using the map of Chicago tutor/mentor programs that I host. In this map I'm also showing the Austin area, along with Humboldt Park and West Garfield Park.
On this map I am showing the number of high poverty kids, age 6-17, in each of these community areas. The green icons on the map are non-school tutor and/or mentor programs in my database.
Now, if you compare my map to the map showing faith groups, you'll see that there are dozens of places where kids and volunteers could be meeting as part of organized, on-going, tutor/mentor programs.
Below are two more maps showing the Austin area. On these the blue boxes are locations of churches where mentoring programs were operating around 2011 and 12. These never made it into my database and I can't find evidence (web sites) showing that programs are operating in these areas.
My goal is that leaders in the faith community, in hospitals, colleges and/or businesses, or even politics, use my maps and other information on my web sites, as part of a process that identifies existing programs and then draws regular, on-going attention to them, helping each attract volunteers, ideas and dollars, so youth in each program have the best possible help moving through school and into adult lives.
Below is a presentation that shows a role faith leaders could be taking:
Network Building. Role of F... by on ScribdI've shared this since 1999 but still don't know if anyone is actually applying these ideas. However, as long as the daily news keeps reminding me of the need for support systems that help guide kids to positive life choices and adult lives where they can raise their own kids free of poverty, I'll keep sharing these ideas and resources.
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