Jenkins Davis, Committee Chairperson of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, introduced Pastor Terrance Wallace.  Pastor Wallace is the founder of the not for profit InZone Project. 
 
  • Pastor Wallace is a west side Chicago native who began his work of educating impoverished indigenous students in New Zealand.
  • He brought that same model to the north suburbs of Chicago.
  • The program houses 25-50 black teenagers in a residential home to allow the students the opportunity to realize a life of good education and life away from the violence of their former neighborhoods. 
  • Pastor Wallace identified many challenges in the communities to allow the homes.
  • Pastor Wallace had to establish joint guardianship with each youth so the home did not have to be identified as a “group home” requiring special zoning.  He maintains that he is creating a “family” not a group home.
  • He wanted to change the narrative of what black youths could become - Theory of Change curriculum.
  • One of his themes “Loving our Kids Back to Safety”
  • It has been additionally challenging because of Covid-19.  Students are not able to socialize outside of their home.  Now attending the Campus Life Center which has helped immensely. 
  • Dan Naranjo discussed having Pastor Wallace explore having his students get involved with Interact - the high school Rotarian club which now has 67 members and growing.  Allows children to assume leadership roles plus socializing as well.  
  • Jeanne Hanson said that she has been involved with the InZone project children. 
                        http://inzoneproject.org/
 
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