On May 1, 2017 I’ll begin my walk across the country to raise money for Chicago; specifically, our struggling inner city neighborhoods and at-risk youth.
Over the past year I’ve spent countless hours meeting with various organizations, and individuals who’ve opened my eyes to where Chicago needs help most!
100% of all net proceeds directly benefit our current initiatives and our fiscal sponsor and 501(c)3 Non-Profit KIDS OFF THE BLOCK. Those details can be found at https://www.sevenmillionstrides.com/objectives
Numerous personal sentiments inspired this project, but largely the crap publicity that has clouded our great city, and the people who continue to leave fearing safety and lack of employment opportunity.
Why a focus on our youth? Well, the majority of my childhood I spent coaching my mother through a very explicit addiction. When she passed away my life spiraled out of control. I became dangerously unpredictable to the point members of my own family wanted nothing to do with me. And it was a life I hid from most everyone including myself because frankly it was quite depressing.
Having no political affiliation or involvement in advocacy or public service, this was a very eye-opening process. Initially I wanted to help in a much less ambitious way, but after learning that at-risk youth are largely categorized numerically 1-10 by their behavioral risk factors, and that most organizations “cannot help those kids,” who are rated “too dangerous,” this fueled my desire do something bigger.
So with your monetary donations or even just spreading the word, hopefully we will encourage those who have a greater means to create a lasting impact!