New community center designed to end violence, develop leaders opens in Woodlawn

CHICAGO -- A community center designed to end the violence, and develop leaders and entrepreneurs, opened on Wednesday in the city's Woodlawn neighborhood.

Project H.O.O.D.`s Leadership and Economic Opportunity Center opened at 63rd and King Drive.

Pastor Corey Brooks, with the support of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and a host of business owners and CEOs, were on hand for the celebration.

Many hope the center will be a resource for the neighborhood and offer a training program for skilled trades, culinary programs, youth mentoring and entrepreneurship, and networking.

Brooks says no government or taxpayer dollars went into the new center. It's located in an abandoned Walgreens store.