Last night COPE had the immense pleasure of partnering with FAN (Family Action Network) on it's first event in Evanston! FAN has been bringing incredible speakers to the Northshore for many years and is currently expanding its programming into Evanston. We were thrilled to support their work and to have a presence at ETHS when Ishmael Beah talked to a packed auditorium about writing, the consequences of violence and resilience. I think this was a perfect kick off event for FAN's Evanston audience.
In a community where families have experienced extreme loss around violence, we show resilience in so many ways. From non-profits like the Dajae Coleman Foundation to COPE's own efforts to engage people in conversations around race, we connect with each other and make attempts to find solutions.
As Ishmael Beah said last night, "People cannot forget their trauma but they can refocus their energy."