A film crew from ABC7s STOP THE VIOLENCE: A SEARCH FOR SOLUTIONS program visited the Institute for Positive Living's Open Book Program at Henderson Elementary School, 5650 S. Wolcott, on April 23rd. The Open Book Program ws featured on the STOP THE VIOLENCE segment of ABC7s News on Friday, April 26, 2012.
The focus of the program is on how IPL's Open Book Program provides a solution for stopping the violence. Open Book does this through developing critical thinking skills by inspiring young people to both love and become proficient in reading and writing.
According to Marrice Coverson, President of the Institute of Positive Living and Founder/Executive Director of the Open Book Program cultivating critical thinking skills is one of the important solutions to curbing the violence which is plaguing Chicago's neighborhoods. "The Open Book Program's focus on the development of critical thinking skills directly contributes to violence prevention," she stresses. "Our young adolescent participants learn to think before they act. They learn to make decisions that help them avoid causing or becoming the victims of violence. I believe, for example, that lack of critical thinking skills contributed to the tragic decision made by the young men who killed Hadiya Pendleton, destroying not only her life, but their own."
Open Book is one of the Institute for Positive Living (IPL) programs that is receiving some of its funding from Chicago Area Project/Bridges to the Future. The Chicago Area Project/Bridges to the Future Grant Program is providing funding to grass-roots organizations that have community solutions for violence prevention. In collaboration with the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority (IVPA), Chicago Area Project's Bridges to the Future/Special Projects grant program makes funds available for twenty-eight  grass-roots community and faith-based organizations. This special violence prevention project funding is a result of the legislative efforts of Illinois Third District Senator Mattie Hunter.