Leave No Veteran Behind (LNVB) oversees a successful youth safety initiative called: Safe Passage. For four consecutive years, while working in some of America's most violent neighborhoods, LNVB's Safe Passage program has decreased disciplinary rates amongst students and decreased crime before and after school according to Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Police Department.
At the same time, the University of Chicago and its "5 Essentials Report" shows that LNVB's work has helped create positive learning environments throughout the Chicago Public School system by having students self-report that: “I feel there are adults that care for me in the community” and “I feel safe going to and from school.”
Your support will allow Leave No Veteran Behind to acquire uniform jackets, cold-weather attire, and matching rain ponchos for our dedicated group of former service members that are assuring student safety rain or shine, snow or freezing temperatures.
In addition to Safe Passage, Leave No Veteran Behind has also partnered with the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, the Chicago Park District, and JP Morgan Chase to provide more than 135 jobs for youth through our GreenCorps initiative this summer. LNVB paired each student with a former service member in a mentorship relationship that engaged all of our interns in financial literacy and urban agriculture activities - resulting in the creation of a community garden in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood.
So with Leave No Veteran Behind deciding to extend our GreenCorps program and to offer it as an after school opportunity, your support will also provide valuable resources to build a greenhouse at the garden site and to purchase bicycle repair equipment for this Veteran-led initiative.
In the end, Leave No Veteran Behind is a leader in the City of Chicago with respect to safe guarding thousands of students during the largest school closing in the history of American public education, while also running the largest Veteran transitional-work program in the nation, employing more than 100 Veterans every school day, while leveraging the skills of our former service members to improve communities across the country.