Mission and Vision
Antonio’s Response will be similar to an “Amber Alert” in that it will have strict guidelines and will be rare so that when employed, the strategy can be focused to maximize impact.
Antonio’s Response (AR) is a strategic violence intervention and prevention movement designed to assist in violence reduction among youth within targeted Chicago communities.
Create safe communities for all Chicago Youth by significantly reducing violence.
Our Community Involvement Aim:
“We seek many people doing a little to change our current trajectory to a safe thriving community for all.”
Geographical area: Greater Grand Crossing Community.
Colors: Red (Blood of all youth killed), Blue (Peace), Yellow (Antonio’s favorite color).
Who we are?
We are a community organization with an aim to be a response to youth violence, providing a model that can be replicated using the following approaches:
- Employing innovation to foster community organizing.
- Creating a menu of strategic options to involve the masses and encourage many to do just a little.
- Creating and managing a community event’s calendar.
- Connecting first and if necessary, creating collaborative youth empowerment programs.
- Work with local police and academic institutions to identify and evaluate the impact of our collective work.
History: During the Winter of 2012, Chicago Mayor Ralm Emanuel and Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwickle commissioned the Mid-South C.A.R.E. Collaborative, from the Executive Committee, subcommittees we’re established. The Youth and Young Adult Engagement Subcommittee formed Partners as a proponent to the “anti-violence strategy.” Since it’s inception, the committee of 10 diverse members have met at the Gary Comer Youth Center to coordinate tough but relevant workshops throughout the area including Sex Trafficking in Greater Grand Crossing, What About Teen Dating?, Improving Police and Youth Relationships, Self Defense Basics and All About Molly.
On August 20th, 2014, a young person, Antonio Smith, Jr. at the tender age of 9 was killed in our community. Compounded by the frustration and anger of several youth killings in previous years, that current year, the young age and, non-gang affiliation of this youth, sparked the creation of “Antonio’s Response: When the Line Has Been Crossed.” Antonio’s Response Committee evolved out of the Mid-South C.A.R.E. Youth and Young Adult Engagement Partners.