Some of Chicago’s most promising youth are falling into hopelessness. Teens disheartened by generational poverty, academic neglect, and the trauma of community violence are turning to the streets.
The Bloc fights back.
The Bloc contributes to the momentum improving Chicago’s future by attracting youth least likely to join mentoring and tutoring programs– the kids who like to fight. They offer an enriching opportunity for no cost to the youth or their families. Once enrolled, the Bloc connects them to mentors, engage them in academic services, and expand their horizons with college trips and explorational learning. Since 2016, we have maintained 100% high school graduation and college acceptance rates. Organization-wide, their fighters’ average GPAs have been over 3.2 every year. Youth who come to The Bloc to learn to fight ultimately learn how to fight for their success.