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"We believe that by investing in them, we are investing in the future of our society".
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Transforming lives

Empowering Communities Through Neighborhood Revitalization

"We are proud of the positive impact we have made in their lives".

Our Impact

Over the years, we have impacted the lives of many at-risk youth, hard-to-serve individuals with limited education, and the formerly incarcerated.  We have seen the populations we serve become marketable and employable individuals in today's workforce.  

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A construction site with a ladder and other tools
A group of men building a wooden porch
A kitchen with rotting walls and floors
A  renovated kitchen with new  walls, floors, counter tops and appliances

Our Approach

At Community Male Empowerment Project, we believe in a holistic approach.  Our relationships with the banking industry give us the ability to rehab abandoned/foreclosed property and provide jobs during the rehab process.  Ultimately, placing families into affordable housing.

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 Sustaining our relationship with city colleges and schools creates the opportunity for continued education.

Who We Are

Community Male Empowerment Project is a grassroots not-for-profit organization founded in Chicago, IL in 2002.  We began as community activists asking for the opportunity to be treated fairly and not judged because of limited education and non-violent criminal backgrounds.  

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CMEP logo; Chicago community with a construction worker and books

Today, CMEP strengthens communities by successfully placing families into affordable housing, providing on-the-job training through workforce development initiatives, and encouraging youth through mentoring and educational programs.

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"Maintaining our relationship with private businesses helps us transition participants into permanent employment.  We work closely with our partners to understand participants' needs and create sustainable solutions." 

Support CMEP

At CMEP, we believe in supporting our community and making it a better place for all. We are dedicated to improving the lives of those around us and creating positive change wherever we can. Join us in our mission to support those in need and uplift our community for a brighter future.

We want to hear from you!

Have a question regarding CMEP activities or want to benefit from our programs? Contact us here

Our Vision

Our goal is to reduce crime, change lives, and rebuild communities in an effort to restore hope.  Ultimately creating an environment where at-risk youth, hard-to-serve individuals with limited education, and the formerly incarcerated have access to programs and services that can meet their basic needs. 

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