SE Jobs Pipeline

The Coalition and Jobs Pipeline stakeholders have partnered with the Southeast Jobs Collaborative to develop a southeast side jobs pipeline to connect residents to current job openings, training, and future South Works jobs.

South East Side Jobs Pipeline Partners/Allies

Alliance of the SouthEast (ASE) & Coalition for a South Works CBA Jobs Committee members
Southeast Jobs Collaborative

10th Ward Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza
Black United Fund of Illinois
Bowen High School
Calumet Area Industrial Commission (CAIC)
Chicago Women in Trades
DESI- Washington Heights Workforce Center
Manufacturing Renaissance
Olive Harvey City College
St. Augustine College
Southeast Jobs Collaborative

The Jobs Committee of the Coalition for a South Works CBA created a vision of the pipeline in December 2016. We met with employers, trainers, service providers, Bowen High School, and Calumet Area Industrial Commission and formed the SE Jobs Pipeline Committee.  In December 2017, the Pipeline Committee joined with the Southeast Jobs Collaborative.

In May 2017, ASE and partners held a Career Readiness Fair with approx. 100 attendees, 11 co-sponsors, and 9 employers/trainers.

GRACE: Restorative Justice on the Southeast Side

Our communities are facing an epidemic of youth incarceration and recidivism. Too many of our young people are growing up in a climate of violence, without the economic opportunities, community mentors, and training they need to thrive and grow.

That’s why the Alliance of the Southeast (ASE) and affiliated community partners have launched GRACE (Groups Responding with Another Chance and Education) a comprehensive strategy for restorative justice in the South Chicago neighborhood of the 4th Police District.

It is with the participation of the community that we hope to transform their lives, guide them to community resources, and make them leaders in their community.

GRACE is a community-integrated  intervention approach to youth sentencing to reduce recidivism and curb youth violence. GRACE intervenes with juvenile offenders with restorative justice practices, mentoring, and counseling. Cook County Juvenile Probation and Diversion Departments and 4th District Police Department will refer juvenile offenders to community service hours with ASE partners, to re-integrate them into the community, form relationships with local residents, and connect them to resources. Although ASE will take referrals for youth living anywhere in the 4th District, the GRACE program will focus on juvenile offenders living or attending school between 82nd and 95th Streets, east of South Chicago Ave.

Jail and juvenile detention centers can be traumatizing places for youth offenders. Many enter the system and find it difficult to get out. Meanwhile, studies have shown that community service and counseling sentences have dramatic effects to reduce recidivism rates for young people, while providing them with the skills, connections, mentors, and support they need to reintegrate successfully into their neighborhoods.

Through ASE’s GRACE Program for Restorative Justice, youth offenders can now be sentenced to community service with the following partner organizations:

  • Alliance of the Southeast
  • Claretian Associates
  • 10th Ward Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza’s Office
  • SkyArt

This approach will affect dozens of at risk juvenile offenders per year, and reduce overall the predominance of youth violence in South Chicago.

For more information, please contact Amalia NietoGomez at 773-221-8908 or 773-800-0322.