Monday, December 8, 2008

Center for Community Development 2008

Since its inception on September 27, 2004, the Center for Community Development (CCD) has made an impact in our community through three programs: Youth, Men, and Economic Development.

This year, we provided mentoring services at Christ Bible Church and Lincoln’s Challenge Academy. On Saturday, July 12, CCD participated in the Truth-in-Love Ministries radio broadcast on WYCA 102.3 FM. Additionally, we hosted the Money Matters financial seminar at Christ Bible Church.

We trust that God will continue use CCD to make a difference on Chicago’s south side.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Money Matters Financial Seminar

Coming soon...Money Matters Part 2.

Money Matters Financial Seminar

Center for Community Development would like to thank Armand McCarroll, registered representative, World Financial Group for an outstanding Money Matters presentation on Saturday, November 15.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Financial Literacy Seminar-Money Matters

On Saturday, November 15

Center for Community Development, NFP
Money Matters
Christ Bible Church
7877 S. Coles Ave
Chicago, IL 60649

We will be covering 5 areas:

1/Cash Flow (budgeting, etc),
2/Debt Mgmt (getting out of debt)
3/ Protection (Insurance info
4/Emergency Fund
5/ Retirement (understanding inflation and taxes)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Lincoln's Challenge Academy

In July, Center for Community Development assigned a mentor to Cadet Darell McClendon, student in the Lincoln's Challenge Academy. Darell's mentor was required to complete 4 hours of mentor training and to contact him 4 times each month (two meetings must be face to face).

Lincoln’s ChalleNGe Academy, in Rantoul Illinois, is part of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program.

The Lincoln's ChalleNGe Academy is currently on its 31st class and starting its fifteenth year of operation. The program has become immensely popular and has the potential of providing thousands of "at-risk" young men and women in Illinois with a new start.

To train, mentor and develop selected applicants into contributing members of their communities by providing life application skills through a variety of activities based on the 8-Core Components.
8 Core Objectives
Life Coping
Educational Excellence
Job Skills
Responsible Citizenship
Leadership & Fellowship
Health & Hygiene
Physical Fitness
Service to Community

"Molding the youth of today to meet the challenges of tomorrow, armed with the values and integrity of our forefathers, and the strength of one nation."

The future of the Lincoln's ChalleNGe Academy appears promising, but it will require the support of the Governor, the Illinois General Assembly and concerned agencies, organizations, businesses and citizens. To see how you can help, visit our website

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Meditate on These Things

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things" Philippians 4:6-8.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

City of Chicago Ex-Offender Reentry Initiatives

Illinois has seen its prison population soar in the last 35 years. In the last 30 years, the Illinois prison population has increased by more than 500 percent. Meanwhile, Illinois has seen its prison exits rise as well. The number of people released from Illinois state prisons from 2000 to 2003 has increased more than 22 percent. More than 50 percent of prisoners released from all Illinois prisons in 2006 returned to the City of Chicago. With thousands of formerly incarcerated individuals returning to Chicago, prisoner reentry has become an important subject. Chicago offers a thorough and comprehensive prisoner reentry initiative. The following information is available for individuals with a criminal background who have served their sentence and need a second chance.

City of Chicago Department and Sister Agency Programs
· Department of Environment & Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development – Collection and Recycling Center on Goose Island
· Department of Environment – Greencorps Chicago
· Department of Fleet Management – Automotive Repair
· Department of Revenue – Call Center Operations and Debt Collection
· Department of Streets and Sanitation – Neighborhood Beautification and Recycling
· Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development – Customized Work Services Program
· Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development – Social Enterprise Ventures Programs Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development – Transitional Jobs Program

Saturday, July 19, 2008

A Prescription for Parenting

On Saturday, July 12, the Center for Community Development participated in the Truth-in-Love Ministries radio broadcast on WYCA 102.3 FM.

The topic for the evening was A prescription for parenting.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Steps to Manhood Mentoring Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is the sharing of your knowledge and experience with another person.

Where do you mentor the youth in your program?

7877 S. Coles Ave Chicago, IL

Age of youth?

6-17 yrs old

When do you meet with the youth?

We meet on Saturdays, by appointment only.

What scripture would you base the program on?

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child, but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
1 Corinthians 13:11

Why is the program needed?

The level of black incarceration should be cause for national concern, particularly black men. Our program was created to provide an alternative to the cycle of incarceration.

What is your experience and significant success in this area?

27 yrs. Of work with youth
16 yrs. Of parenting
masters of art in community development

What are your proposed outcomes for this program?

Prepare boys for manhood
Develop sound decision-making skills
Character & Leadership development
Expose boys to the world outside their neighborhood

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Men's Conference 2008

Ministry One Presents

Men’s Conference 2008

June 13, 2008
Men of Honor Awards
June 14, 2008
Men & Boys Only

First Progressive Church of Christ
7259 S. Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60619

Registration fee
Men $35
Boys $10

For more information, call 312 371 9131 or

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Steps to Manhood Mentoring Program

The Center for Community Development’s Steps to Manhood (STM) mentoring program provides boys the comprehensive support and training necessary to transition from boys to men. STM incorporates the experience of Christian men and the wisdom of God’s word to prepare our boys to be contributors to their family and their community. The STM program teaches decision-making, leadership development, teamwork and financial literacy. We provide boys and young men an opportunity to gain exposure outside of their neighborhood through career counseling and college tours. STM meets every Saturday 11am-noon at Christ Bible Church, 7877 S. Coles Ave in Chicago. We provide services for boys in grades k-12. For more information or to enroll a student, please email or call 773 322-2248.