The Office of Faith Based Initiatives (OFBI), under the leadership of Rev. Renaldo Kyles is committed and dedicated to bridging the gaps between Chicago Public Schools and the faith based communities of Chicago. Our mission is to establish effective partnerships with faith based institutions city-wide. We understand the role of faith-based leaders as valuable resources, and know that these partnerships actively engage the community and contribute towards the success of our students and schools. OFBI has several programmatic branches: Safe Haven (more details below), Crisis Training, The Church Adopt-a-School, and Capacity Building Training.
The Safe Haven program is housed in the Office of Faith Based Initiatives of Chicago Public Schools and provides a "safe haven" for CPS students that is a reliable and no cost alternative place for students and parents during critical high violence periods in the city. The mission of Safe Haven to eradicate bullying and instill practices to combat youth violence and to engage students in workshops that focus on positive conflict resolutions, anger management, anti-bullying, and anti-violence.
Safe Haven is a partnership between CPS and the Faith Community. There are currently over 120 established partners. The program run in four cycles: Winter Break (December/January); Afterschool (October-April); Spring Break (April); Summer Break (end of June-August). The program serves over 12,000 students annually.
The Office of Faith Based Initiatives is proud to announce the Afterschool Program for 2014-2015. The free program runs from October 14th until April 24th and is Monday-Friday 3:00-6:00 p.m. Students will be provided a free snack and lunch through our partnership with New Life Ministries.
We are also excited to introduce enrichment programs for selective sites that will engage participants in expanding important conversation of anger management and anti-violence music.
Registration is open now. If you would like to register a student, please contact a Safe Haven provider in your area. For a complete list, please refer to the list below.