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Perspectives Hosts Second Annual Summer Peace Camps Culminating in Presentation of Student's City Peace Plan

CHICAGO – July 21 – Perspectives’ will host the culmination of student’s hard work this summer as they present their City Peace Plan to a panel of community leaders. Panel members include outspoken peace advocate, Fr. Michael Pfleger and Cecilia Rodhe, co-founder of Noah’s Arc and mother of former Chicago Bulls player, Joakim Noah.

The student-led peace work is essential during a time when our city has been plagued by senseless violence. Perspectives students have lost ten of their current and former peers in the past 12 months. Additionally, 2,247 people have been shot already this year, forcing citizens to ask if it will ever end. These students believe the answer is yes, and that they are the change needed to make it a reality.

Students have participated in weeks of peace camps. In these camps students utilize the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life® to engage in critical conversations around the question, “What role do I play in creating a safer Chicago?” Students share openly in a safe and supportive environment about how they are impacted, their concerns and struggles, as well as share their triumphs and plans for making an impact.

The event will take place from 10:00am-11:30am on the Perspectives Auburn Gresham campus at 81st and May. Community members and the general public are invited to join in on the conversation and learn about what students are doing to combat the violence and how they can support the peace movement. 

About Perspectives Charter Schools
Founded in 1997 by two public school teachers, Perspectives Charter Schools is a network of open enrollment public schools across the South Side of Chicago, serving nearly 2,200 students. Perspectives educates students for college and prepares them for life. At Perspectives, the A Disciplined Life education model combines academic rigor with a focus on character development. Despite coming from some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago, Perspectives students graduate from high school, enroll in college, and persist towards graduation at rates above the national average for all students, regardless of background. Learn more at pcsedu.org.