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Metropolitan Peace Academy recently opened a brick-and-mortar facility in Pilsen where it will host its community violence intervention training for outreach workers, victim advocates, case managers and others involved in CVI work. PHOTO PROVIDED BY METROPOLITAN FAMILY SERVICES.

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Metropolitan Peace Academy Looks To Expand Work With New Training Facility

The Metropolitan Peace Academy now has a brick-and-mortar facility to hold its community violence intervention training. Metropolitan Peace Academy started in 2018 with eight community-based organizations that came together with the hope to reduce shootings and homicides in the city, as well as reclaiming safe spaces in neighborhoods. It also aimed to professionalize street outreach through the Metropolitan Peace Academy. The first cohort was 25 outreach workers who had lived experiences, and some were returning citizens