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On Tuesday, July 24, the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program will host a lecture by Pastor Torrey L. Barrett, I, the Founder and Executive Director of the K.L.E.O. (Keep Loving Each Other) Community Family Life Center in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. (Click here to download a flyer with full event details.)
Barrett has long been passionate about working to empower vulnerable youth. After graduating from Louisiana State University, he worked with Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) participants through several social service agencies, and had a gift for inspiring the most difficult clients.
But Barrett’s work took on a new and deeply personal urgency when tragedy struck his family. In March of 2007, his younger sister, Kleo Y. Barrett, was killed in a domestic violence incident. Barrett and his family immediately sprung into action, creating two not-for-profit entities that work to eradicate domestic violence and build character and self- esteem among troubled youth in their community. Barrett’s K.L.E.O. Community Family Life Center brings about change in the lives of its participants by fostering an atmosphere of unity and teaching them to Keep Loving Each Other.
Barrett’s earlier efforts also received acclaim. In 2004, he was appointed US Chapter President of Youth Federation for World Peace (YFWP). In that capacity, Barrett facilitated bringing large groups of youth from America overseas to engage youth in other countries in peaceful negotiations. He also partnered with Martin Luther King, III and the Realizing the Dream organization to work with citizens of Nairobi, Kenya in the wake of post-election violence. Barrett’s work in the Middle East earned him an Ambassador for Peace title by the state of Israel.
UIC School of Public Health- 1st Floor Auditorium
1603 W. Taylor Street, Chicago
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
5:30pm Refreshments; 6:00pm Program
Free. Reservations strongly recommended.
RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312 372-4292 ext. 25