We are organized to stop the hundreds of murders that take the live of young black teens, which take place on the streets of Chicago every year and cause so much grief among families and friends. Perhaps, you have read the accounts of teenage violence in Chicago. I've lived here for 45 years and I can tell you as an eye witness , it's as sad and bad as is being reported. In the summer months, it's even worse. Recognizing that police presence can help to keep the senseless killing down by some degree, we also know that the real solution must come from the hearts of these wayward teens. At the present, we are working with about a hundred kids who at risk. We provide free music lessons, free dance classes, free music concerts, free art shows, free poetry recitals, and free tutoring in math and English. Yes indeed, since July of 2013, we have been doing all of this and mentoring each young participant along the way. What's so unique is that we have no outside funding at all. The founder and executive director, Joe Pace III- out of his modest retirement income - provides 95% of the capital necessary to keep our doors open. Of course, as with most non-profits, we have rent, lights, mandatory insurance, phone, internet, and other bills to be paid on a monthly basis. The initial costs to equip and set-up, he also provided. With our all volunteer staff, we have managed to nearly reach our first year anniversary. Now, as we examine our next move to make even more self-help initiatives, to look to ourselves to find the answers to the problems of our people and our communities, we realize that there are those who are not of the black race, but rather the human race, who are concerned and who are willing to support this worthy cause. We welcome all support and genuinely thank everyone of you for your donation, which will enable us to keep working, one step at a time, grinding our way forward, and providing hope for our children and grand children to experience the American dream, through hard work and self-help.
Respectfully, Joe Pace III, Executive Director, Coltrane Conservatory of the Arts.
PS: " We are working through the arts to make a positive difference in the lives of Americans left behind.