Urban Warriors Veteran Cafes

Urban Warrior program. Urban Warriors pairs military veterans and youth who have been exposed to high levels of community violence and/or trauma in a 16-week mentoring program.

Upcoming Urban Warriors – Veteran Cafes. The Veteran Cafe space to connect with other veterans, play pool, drink coffee and network. If you are a veteran organization you are required to RSVP by calling William Schranz at 773 642 3812.

Urban Warriors is a trauma-informed initiative linking at-risk youth with veterans. Many youth in high violence neighborhoods view themselves as soldiers, similar to a veteran, which creates a unique experience for both parties. The youth not only pick up on these similarities, research has reflected the striking parallels between experiences of child soldiers around the world and gang members in the United States.

Through the work of the YMCA’s Youth Safety Violence Prevention and Urban Warriors initiative; collaborating to unearth common experiences, open dialogue, peace circle involvement, and encouragement to accomplish joint goals, forms a mentor-mentee relationship between youth and veterans. The bond of mentorship inspires not only youth to lead a better life but also leaves veterans feeling more enriched, blended into the community, and engenders a positive impact on their lives as well.

Urban Warriors is currently seeking Male and Female Veterans for our Fall Urban Warriors cohort starting mid 2017. Please forward this email to veterans or others you think will be interested in mentoring. The volunteer positions fill quickly. Please apply as soon as possible.
To gain a better understanding of the impact of Urban Warriors please visit links below.

Become an Urban Warrior Mentor: Apply Today!