Myles Francis


Myles is a south-side resident working to address youth violence & promote trauma-informed care in Chicago’s high-burden neighborhoods. Myles is the project manager at the Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention (CCYVP) at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice at the University of Chicago. Through CCYVP, Myles works to provide the residents of historically underserved communities with resources, workforce opportunities and trauma informed care via evidence-based, community led initiatives. The opportunity to leverage university resources to expand the impact and build the capacity of community organizations has allowed Myles to network with service providers and neighborhood organizations across Chicago.

Myles is also an AmeriCorps service member, in a partnership development role with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, approaching violence prevention through meeting basic needs around food security, in addition to research and program driven work at CCYVP. Myles’ passion lies in engaging underserved and overlooked communities with a strengths-based approach, emphasizing the existing capabilities of our residents and the protective factors that exist in our communities, and using those strengths to address the risk factors and root causes of violence and inequality. As a member of CHAT’s Associate Board, Myles continues to support the voices of young people as they express and advocate for themselves.