As the news of Chicago's deadly Fourth of July weekend makes national headlines anti-violence groups are also in the spotlight.
Activists say community-based groups are more important now than ever before - to give young people better choices.
"We have to make sure that they are not in the criminal system, we have to make sure that they get a good education and we have to make sure that they get jobs so life does not feel hopeless for them," said Rev. Marrice Coverson of the Positive Living Institute.
Rev. Coverson is a minister at a North Side church, but she spends much of her time on the South Side.
Her church helps to support the Positive Living Institute, on the 3600 Block of S. Rhodes Ave.
For 16 years running, this remarkable after-school and summer program has been a safe haven for countless Chicago children.
Rev. Coverson lost her only child to gun violence in 2002. Ronald Coverson was an innocent victim, killed during a brutal carjacking.
The problems of gangs and guns are so difficult to solve, with no quick or easy solutions.
Rev. Coverson joins other heroes in our community turning their sorrow into positive action.