SWOP believes the way to stop violence and make communities safer is to provide hope to all residents that they have a place in the community. SWOP provides this hope through a number of initiatives.
SWOP is the Cease Fire lead agency for Chicago Southwest. Outreach workers interrupters in Cease Fire work with potential perpetrators and victims of violence to convince them to use other methods than violence to resolve conflicts. This effort has worked to greatly reduce the number of shootings in Chicago Southwest.
SWOP looks to provide employment and mentoring opportunities to young people to give them an alternative to working on the street. SWOP has helped sponsor a new t-shirt and furniture business where young people can learn skills and stay safe.
SWOP’s numerous out-of-school time programs offer young people a safe and respectful place to build their skills and networks. These programs include Elev8 at Marquette, Teen Reach at Morrill, and VOYCE at Gage Park.