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From Our Ashes


 Women Of Worship Sorority

Saving Our Sons And Daughters 

Mentoring And A Meal

Prison Prevention Program

Our Mission

To bring positive knowledge to our youth so they can be independent,productive citizens by empowering our at risk youth with better life choices, that enable them to maximize their personal potential, by helping them build their confidence, help guide them toward obtaining their dreams, help grow their mindset, and give them a sense of belonging, show and express their is hope.

Vision Statement

We envision every youth experiencing a nurturing one-to-one relationship and community support, allowing our youth to develop to their full potential, making informed responsible decisions as productive citizens of the community

Our History

From Our Ashes was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Roseland in Chicago but was not limited to that area we have been helping people all over Illinois from our beginning.

Our organization has mentored youth in neighborhoods mobily since 2000 at shelters, churches, and park districts.  Until now we didn't have formal training in mentoring,  but now we are currently holding certificates in mentoring. Everyone that will be mentoring a youth will have a minimum of six hours of training ,and a internship of eight to ten weeks,

before being one-on-one with a youth.  All of our staff will have mentoring training.  Establish mentoring organizations that partner with us will not be subject to the internship. Those mentoring for our career, employment, and entrepreneurship training will not be subject to a internship as well. From Our Ashes is a not for profit 501c3 charitable Organization. We have strong relationships with business owners, and youth-serving organizations and will continue to grow relationships that will help our youth advance. We have and continue to feed, clothe and be a listening ear to the homeless, and the rest of people needing help in the communities we serve.

   Our reason for mentoring:  According to the Chicago Crusader In 27 predominately black neighborhoods they earned less than a full time fast food worker.  Nearly all black homeowners seeking mortgage refinancing were rejected, and over 1500 homes were lost to foreclosure.  Blacks struggle to find jobs,  There are economic disparities between blacks and other races.  There are food and pharmacy deserts.  There a scarce rental housing and plunging property values, imperiled working class blacks and       black homeowners who were still recovering from the devastating great recession, triggered by the housing crisis in 2008.  The report shows that 36% of black males, and 52.3% of females had the highest dropout rate of the Chicago Public Schools.  They also had the highest suspension rate and lowest Sat scores used by most colleges and universities in accepting applicants.  The report additionally stated that among blacks there was a small increase in the number of bachelors and advance degrees, but blacks lag far behind other races.  Although unemployment dropped and job opportunities increase, blacks continue to post double-digit  unemployed rates.  Black worker's unemployment rate is four times higher than some other races and twice as high as others.  On average the median income for black households in Chicago is ($31,056) as compared to Latinos ($45,555) And Caucasians ($79,425).  In the south suburbs Riverdale black's median income was as low as ($14,287).  That's less than a full time fast food worker who makes ($24,900) annually.  Blacks live at 16% under the federal poverty level; four out of ten black households live in a household with income less than ($25,000).  There are far fewer black business owners than other races in Chicago.  Blacks have been subject to predatory lending with sub-prime mortgages causing high levels of foreclosure and repossessed property by banks.  Blacks are the most under counted racial group in the US because of poverty and other factors. Most live in hard to count tracts.  Census data is important for federal government allocation of funding resources and political seats in Congress, which are based on population of a state, city, or congressional district- statistics from the ACLU, among Cook County's 7,927 jailed, 73% are black.  I am writing this information and these statistics because there is a need for change if we want to see a decrease in violence.  As long as we have these large gaps in numbers in blacks and other races, we will continue to see the violence because people find ways to survive even if it is not the appropriate way.  The purpose for this information is not intended to look for sympathy but to find those who would like to see these numbers decrease, and help stop the violence, homelessness, unemployment, and underemployment.  If you would like to help alleviate these problems, you can join our movement by helping financially or volunteering.

Our Objectives 

To develop trustworthy relationships between the mentor and men-tee.

Integrate mentors into college and career readiness programming with men-tee, take college tours help with essay.

Mentor help men-tee stay on track by men-tee providing goals and timelines, mentor encouraging them to meet deadlines and achieve goals.

Encourage mentors to reach out and work with other family members in the process of mentoring and host workshops for family attendance.

Provide professionals for career mentoring that help them explore potential careers and relate to educational issues serve as a resource that can share insight and provide guidance about the workplace, careers, and education through formal and informal meetings that will be at workplaces or online.

Give real experience to the men-tee have someone who really listens and pays attention.

Help with professional skills have a mentor that ask questions about what their working on in school and what their learning and provide feedback.

Know that their mentor cares that they matter and have a bright future.

Help them relate what they learn in the classroom with the real world help them better communicate and relate to adults.

Receive a role model, a guide, a coach, an ad-visor, that is experienced, reliable, approachable, relatable, invested in outcomes, and a additional resource,. 

To have them learn about the different cultures.

Ensure that the men-tee have a quality mentoring relationship through guidance and true concern for the men-tees development.

To have the right type of support to help the men-tee set achievable realistic and stretching action plans.

Our Goals

Is to

Help the growth of our men-tee mindset

Give them a sense of belonging 

Show and express there is hope

Teach them problem solving skills, and conflict resolution 

Teach them how to have perseverance and grit

How to have self management, self determination, and find their spark

How to have positive relationships, and build new one’s 

Teach career building, job readiness and training 

Give an understanding of the effects of drugs, alcohol, dropping out of school, and poor attendance, gang banging, and selling drugs, stealing, having low self esteem, and bad character

Help prevent suicide, sexual, domestic, and other violence

Provide College prep - act and sat practice, essay writing, fasfa help, and college tours

Our organization is faith based but our mentoring program is focused on anyone wanting to be mentored in their personal, educational, professional growth 

  faith base organization have played a much needed role in developing jobs, low income housing, social programs, providing start-up capital for businesses, and civic infrastructure in the United States. However, while there have been a few notable successes, there is a vast need to continue starting more programs.  The vast majority of churches don’t participate in the economic revitalization of their communities.  The African American church must be a vehicle for future change in its community, promoting partnerships . African-American churches in the past has desperately provided services needed by the community such as childcare, food banks, elder care, and senior housing.  But the African-American church must be true to all the needs of the community including economic development and mentoring.  The service it has been able to provide, however are crucial to revitalize their neighborhood.   Communities need jobs, housing, businesses, and service to  thrive. But it also needs more mentoring.  Without any one of them  the community will not be able to meet the needs of the people who live there.  There lies our uniqueness we will implement in stages each part spoken of in our program for our men-tees.  The faith base must be able to work with  public and private institutions.  With the help of God and institutions, We can turn the vision of rebuilding, neighborhoods into a reality.  African American church must step up to help save their communities.  The church should want to see the areas around them improve.

We will focus on but not be limited to the Youth of the Incarcerated - Youth of the reentering citizen - Homeless Youth -  Other at Risk Youth

About From Our Ashes

Our organization was founded because we believe in helping people receive the tools and resources needed to have a productive life.  We were founded in 2000 and have been serving people every since.  We have hosted neighborhood fairs, business and job fairs, help disaster needs, fed and clothe the homeless, fed and clothe shelter residents, help single parent households, help families at Christmas & Thanksgiving with food baskets and gift cards, and toys.  Taught and continue to teach life skills, soft skills and job readiness.  Raised money for other not- for - profits and volunteered for their causes, mentored youth.  We have and still are a very involved organization.  We will continue our services along side the organization we birth the Women Of Worship Sorority founded in 2017  We mentor them into leaders.

Why we choose Mentoring 

To change the trajectory of the young people lives by helping them.  We will have a stable social foundation, a continuity of goods and services and citizenry capable of pursuing their dreams they will contribute to the greater good. The transition from childhood, to adolescence, and to Adulthood, has become far to perilous, and unpredictable.  Too many of our youth are impacted by community violence, and poverty.  Our youth struggle to complete their education, which makes it hard to find and be qualified, for a career.  They need help to see the right direction to go, through their challenges and educational choices, and our support to be prepared for the workforce, or business ownership.  Increasing the engagement by the business community, trades, and other professionals is critical to its long term success.  We need financial support, along with experience, to nurture, and develop our youth..  By teaching skill sets, and preparing them socially, via soft skills will strengthen communities.  By having less violence and more productive citizens, that will become consumers instead of criminals in a large amount of cases.  We will enhance the confidence of the men-tees, improve school attendance, class behavior.  Graduation rates will improve, preparing for and being persistent to complete college.  By exposing the men-tees to new ideas, experiences, problem solving, effective communication, Leadership training, soft skills, job readiness, finding the root cause of their anger. Our men-tees will have a opportunity of being  successful productive citizens

Mentoring is an increasingly popular way of providing guidance and support to young people.

We must provide positive mentoring relationships with the best research based practices if we are to receive the best possible outcomes.  Mentoring is very much worth doing.

We are always sharing our lives with others and if you would like to share yours by being a mentor email us at [email protected]

We are a not for profit 501c3 charitable organization founded in 2000

Future Goals

To open a live in training center where we can help people develop body, soul, mind, and financially.

We mentor anyone that has a mindset to be open to move forward if you want to be mentored email us. At [email protected]

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