Chicago is in the midst of a gun violence epidemic. A positive message needs to get through to the people doing the shooting. But a purely negative message - telling them to ‘stop’ doing wrong - falls on deaf ears.

We propose a positive approach to this problem. Instead of preaching to youth about what they shouldn’t be doing, let’s shine a light on what they can be doing to create positive change. Let’s recognize the real people making positive changes for Chicago everyday.

This campaign will highlight the positive work that community leaders, organizers, volunteers, and everyday people are doing. We will profile the people creating positive change in their community.

The call to action will be CHICAGO STAND UP! STAND UP for positivity. STAND UP for self-expression. STAND UP for non-violence. What do you STAND for?

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