LIFE DIRECTIONS USA wrote -
Life Directions was born out of the issue of violence. In 1973, Detroit was called the “Murder Capital” of the United States. On average one young adult was dying every twelve hours. The founders of Life Directions arrived at the intuitive understanding that it was necessary to “get to the cause of the violence.” The dynamic of “Peers Inspiring Peers through Forgiving” was forged through a series of neighborhood discussions directed at determining its root causes with people who were experiencing its effects.
Life Directions efforts through continuous improvement formed into the three interconnected programs that exist today — the Neighborhood Enrichment Program, the Peer Motivation Program, and the Peer Mentor Program.
To date over 160,000 young adults, ages 13-35 have partnered with Life Directions to inspire their peers to embrace the values and virtues that make life grow. Our directors have over 40 years of experience working in public high schools and feeder schools.
- Mentors and alumni include:
- Kevin Garnett, NBA All-Star (Boston Celtics)
- Michael Wright, Power Forward for 2001 NCAA Champion University of Arizona (mentored in Chicago by Kevin Garnett)
- Hansen Clarke, former US Congressman (Michigan)