Parades & Shows
The South Shore Drill team is in high demand, performing at more than 100 events every year. The team sponsors two 90-minute stage shows annually in the spring and during the holidays. It is a fan favorite at parades throughout the country. Team members add excitement at grand openings, national sporting events, corporate retreats, movie premieres, and neighborhood festivals.
Members enjoy a variety of outings and recreational activities. They often take advantage of travel opportunities to site see and visit historic places. The team has treated members to skating, skiing, and bowling parties, camping trips, horseback riding, and paintballing. A day spent at a theme park or waterpark usually caps the busy summer.
Instructors and guest speakers lead special workshops throughout the year on various topics. Members learn about job readiness, teamwork, leadership, healthy living, and other life skills.
Tutoring is available at the Gary Comer Youth Center or through other homework help program. Instructors monitor school progress and provide support for those most at-risk for dropping out.
Empowering Young People to Stay Safe and Reduce Violence
Youth Peace Summit – Saturday, April 16
Our team members held their own Peace Summit on Saturday, April 16 at the Gary Comer Youth Center with a goal of keeping youth safe this summer.
“This is a time of heightened violence, but there are things young people can do promote peace and minimize their chances of being a victim,” says Steven Washington who uses Peace Circles to help team members learn how to resolve differences.
Co-leaders DeSonni Hardge and Matthew Williams, both 14, gave an overview on the historical background and current state of violence in Chicago. Breakout sessions explored ways to stay safe and work for peace in the community. While team staff members were on hand to assist, all presenters and facilitators were young people. The event was free and other youth groups from around the City participated. Our thanks to Jack and Jill of America Foundation for sponsoring this program.