North Shore United Way supports and stands with Evanston as community members work together to deal with the shocking and senseless death of 14 year old Evanston resident, Dajae Coleman. Dajae was shot while walking home from a party at Lake Street and Florence Avenue on Sept. 22nd. Police believe the shooter mistook Dajae for someone else.
Evanston residents are joining together to make sense of the tragedy, and discuss city-wide strategies to prevent future violence.
Residents recently gathered at McGaw YMCA Children Center for an event hosted and attended by community leaders, including United Way Partner Agencies and government representatives. Panelists and residents discussed the community’s responsibility to fight violence and support Evanston youth through mentoring, sports and extra-curricular activities, more job fairs, gun-buyback programs and raising awareness about resources available for families.
To read more about community meetings and these issues, go to:
- After Dajae Coleman’s Death, YWCA Panel Searches for Path Forward, Evanston Patch
- Evanston Community Bands Together To Fight Youth Violence, Chicago Tribune
North Shore United Way is proud to support agencies directly serving young people and offering constructive activities to Evanston youth. For example, Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.), a United Way Partner in education in Evanston, serves more than 850 youth and touches more than 2,500 family members with a holistic set of services including after-school enrichment, emotional support, and mentorship.
Evanston is a United Way Partner Community in LIVE UNITED 2020, United Way’s community-impact plan focusing resources on the building blocks of strong, self-sufficient families: education, income and health. United Way concentrates its education strategy on young people by preparing middle school kids to enter high school on track to graduate. We work to increase resources for existing community schools in low income communities, bring community leadership and planning into the school through local advisory boards, and engage volunteers in tutoring, mentoring, safe-passage, college prep and career training.
NBC News recently reported that Chicago has had more than 400 gun deaths so far this year.
To learn more about mentoring, volunteerism and what United Way is doing in Evanston, contact Jessica Vlahogiannis, Program Manager for North Shore United Way at 847-674-2668.
Submitted on behalf of Mary Teeter, Development Manager at North Shore United Way.