Lens for Peace is a partnership between Facebook and Off the Street Club that uses creativity to empower the voices of Chicago’s underrepresented youth. We sync up local Instagram-famous artists with club kids to expose them to creativity as a career path, as well as provide mentorship to create artwork that expresses their stories of hope. Our goal is to fuel the hearts and minds of the kids, and Chicago, by sharing the unique lens through which they view the world.
Off the Street Club
For 118 years, there has been an unwavering organization on a mission to keep kids safe from the dangerous streets of Chicago's West Garfield Park: Off the Street Club, servicing upwards of 3,000 kids each year.
OTSC’s values extend well beyond supplying a safe environment. They provide these at-risk kids with ‘casual joy’, which they define as simple, childhood moments that most of us take for granted. This club builds self-esteem; teaching that their worth is not dependent on a society that would judge them otherwise. They also help educate club kids to fill the void where CPS is lagging coupled with instilling values like a sense of brotherhood, caring for one another, and sharing responsibilities.