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Leaders of Tomorrow

The Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) program provides mentorship, restorative justice practices and trauma-informed counseling and case management to 80 at-risk 13-19 year olds at Kelly High School, Shields Middle School, and Davis Elementary.


The goal of the program is to increase positive decision making, academic performance, and leadership development of program participants. The program also seeks to decrease truancy, reduce youth involvement with the criminal justice system, and decrease young people’s exposure to and involvement with violence.


The program has helped students make positive shifts in their behavior and has decreased violence in the neighborhood. There was a 66% decrease in school disciplinary incidents among participants and there was an 80% decrease in arrests among participants who reported arrests at pretest. Finally, 79.45% of program participants had less positive attitudes towards gangs at the end of the school year after participating in the program.

Featured publications about our LOT program:

How to improve a student's behavior in CPS

What's a restorative justice case manager?

LOT program empowers Southwest Side students through community

Lideres de Mañana en CAN-TV

Salvando al barrio

For more information contact Sara Reschly,

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