Some of Chicago's most promising youth are falling into hopelessness. Teens disheartened by generational poverty, academic neglect, and the trauma of community violence are turning to the streets.
The Bloc fights back.
We contribute to the momentum improving Chicago's future by attracting youth least likely to join mentoring and tutoring programs-- the kids who like to fight. We offer an enriching opportunity for no cost to the youth or their families. Once enrolled, we connect them to mentors, engage them in academic services, and expand their horizons with college trips and explorational learning.
Since 2016, we have maintained 100% high school graduation and college acceptance rates. Organization-wide, our fighters' average GPAs have been over 3.2 every year. Youth who come to The Bloc to learn to fight ultimately learn how to fight for their success.
Frequent check-ins with caring adults help our fighters navigate life's difficult circumstances-- from asking a date to prom or preparing for a job interview, to dealing with the death of a friend or family strife. Our fighters know they never have to be alone, and this fuels their success.
Ranging from silent study time to one-on-on tutoring, all fighters are supported in reaching rigorous academic milestones. College trips help fighters set goals, while volunteers devote their time to helping the fighters achieve those goals.
From the hobbyist to the Olympic enthusiast, all fighters receive character-first boxing training in a safe, warm environment led by proven trainers.