project: Supplying Hope
Agency: Hadiya’s Foundation
Location: Chicago, IL
Hadiya Pendleton lost her life on January 29, 2013 at the young age 15 as a victim of gun violence. She was gunned down in crossfire while in the park with classmates after completing her final exams.. Her parents, Cleopatra Cowley Pendleton and Nathaniel Pendleton have chosen to ensure her legacy by taking action against gun violence; they launched Hadiya’s Foundation. Hadiya’s Foundation is a national, non-profit organization with a mission focused on keep the memory of Hadiya alive by providing a legacy of hope and fighting for change. To further support their efforts, in June 2014 they launched a new initiative, Hadiya’s Promise, to focus the nation’s attention on the policy remedies necessary to address two of the nation’s most pressing problems, gun violence and those who are often the perpetrators of gun violence, disaffected youth. Hadiya’s Promise believes there are millions of like minded individuals who are inspired to action by the lost promise of too many gun violence victims in this country and are seeking not only smart on crime responses from their elected officials but the investments necessary to bring back the “it takes a village” concept necessary to ensure we lessen the number of disaffected youth who might perpetrate or become the victims of gun violence.
This project will provide funding for school supplies for economically disadvantaged children in the Chicago area, through Hadiya’s Foundation’s, fall Back to School Supply give-away.
With more than 86% of the district’s children identified as economically disadvantaged, many parents on the South side of Chicago are unable to provide the basic school supplies their children need to be effective each school year. The beginning of a new school year should mean a new, exciting beginning for students. This is a time when kids should have the opportunity to choose their new backpack, binder, folders, clothing, etc. Unfortunately, many of the youth on the South side of Chicago do not have this opportunity because of their financial status at home. Through their school supply give away, Hadiya’s Foundation works to give these youth the opportunity to be empowered and excited about their education by providing them with essentials tools in preparation for a successful school year. Last year, they provided school supplies for over 200 students in the Bronzeville Community of the Chicago Public School District and this year they hope to double that number.
As always, we appreciate your support in funding this project and other project AVA efforts in our communities. Together we are making a true difference in the lives of at-risk children and parents.
To learn more about Hadiya’s Foundation, please visit: www.hadiyaspromise.org