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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Family Services, Human Services, Job Training, Youth Community Service Clubs, Youth Development - Business

Mission: Prevention Force Family Center (PFFC) is a not-for-profit community based organization established in 1996. PFFC’s mission is to provide educational, youth, entrepreneurial, and job readiness training programs and services that help low-income individuals, youth, and families become self-sufficient, responsible, and productive residents of the community.PFFC has four objectives: 1) To develop and implement programs and resource/referral services to community residents who live in underserved communities;2) To develop entrepreneurial training programs for youth and individuals who live in low income communities.3) To collaborate with schools, youth organizations, churches, community groups and businesses on providing comprehensive programs and social services to low income families who live in underserved communities; and4) To conduct business workshops and seminars and to provide technical assistance services that will assist the entrepreneurs, businesses and grassroots organizations with the necessary tools to make their businesses successful.

Geographic areas served: Austin, North Lawndale, East and West Garfield communities in Chicago IL

Programs: Substance abuse prevention program provided life skills curriculum and activities to 200 students educating them about the dangers of high risk behaviors

teen entrepreneur program provided hands on experience to 150 youth on how to start a business club in their schools and communities and conducted a peace rally with 100 attendees

movin and groovin summertime event promoted nonviolent activities for over 400 residents in the austin and garfield park communities

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 4

A non-profit organization striving for success. The executive director implementing programs to help the youth and adults of the community learn and improve their self worth. Learning entreprenual,computer skills in addition to writing grants and life skills. Youth learning to appreciate the time and effort being put forth to assist them. Scheduled field trips to libraries, money museum and skating events.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been working witrh Prevention Force Family Center for many years. They provide programs and services that help low-income individuals, youth, students and families become self-sufficient, responsible, and productive residents of the community. The agency established the Teen in Business program where a team of youth (Michael Willis, Reynaldo Barney, and Kevin Stringer). The youth team went beyond the goals of the program, and accomplished so much in the program. Michael entered into the Jumpstart Grant Competition at the conference and won a grant for his business ideas to start a football program for younger children. With that grant, he incorporated the Chargers Football League nonprofit organization. Michael has 20 youth enrolled in the Chargers Football summer camp. He also held his first board meeting in June 2007. Kevin applied for the Children Youth Services Mini Summer Grant to teach younger children hip hop dancing in the North Lawndale community. He received the grant and is teaching ten youth hip hop dance routines to perform at the Hip Hop Talent/Fashion Show and the Youth Summer Business Camp Luncheon. Reynaldo has started a DJ business in the North Lawndale area. In addition, the TIB team created a DVD film of the 2007 Youth Entrepreneurship Conference and presented it at local youth organizations in the North Lawndale community. The results are that the club members at Joseph Kellman Corporate School, North Lawndale Friends of the Library, St. Agatha Family Empowerment, North Lawndale Preparatory Charter School won’t to continue to working with the TIB Team and developing their clubs. Three new clubs wwere implemente in the year of 2008.


Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Michael Willis, I attend Michele Clark High School. I was in the WECEP Program and was assign to do a internship at Prevention Force Family Center. I was interest in starting a small business and learn learning about grants. Mrs.Glenn,Executive Director chosen me to attend the 2007 Youth Entrepreneurial Conference with PFFC staff. I entered into the Jump Start Competition, and won a grant to start the Charger Football nonprofit organization. I was 16 years old when I implemented the Summer Charger Football Camp where 30 youth where enrolled for the football training camp. The agency staff also have been a mentor to me. They helps me fill out the Illinois secretary of state articile incorporation paper to be an nonprofit organization in Illinois. They helps me attend grants for my organizations. I am know 18 years old, and senior at Michele Clark High School. I am still operating my organization out of Columbus Park on the westside Chicago. I know have evelen volunteers and able to pay other youth stipends for working with my organization.


Client Served

Rating: 5

Prevention Force Family Center is a gem of the Westside of Chicago. It's programs have inspired me to continue to pursue my photography business and has given me so many valuable resources. Mrs. Glenn has given me great business support and has allowed me to pay it forward. This organization deserves National recognition.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization not only serves youth and families, but provides ways for professionals to hone their skills and novices to develop them in order to lead the cleinst to a higher quality of life. They give youth skills for a lifetime not just for a day, a summer, a year. PFFC hires and trains prpfessionals to work with some of the most at-risk hard core youth and as a result the youth are transformed from lives of apathy, poor grades, and violence or low self-esteem to persons of higher character. A very successful project occurred with a field trip in which northside and southside youth met and trained with westside youth from PFFC to dispel myths, envy, misunderstandings, and turf conflicts through writing, radio interviews, and learning how to conduct press conferences and media campaigns.