Life Directions began in 1973 in response to violence in Chicago’s youth community. It addresses violence prevention and high school drop out by raising hope and teaching forgiveness. Life Directions inspires students to mentor, motivate and lead their peers by taking charge of the direction of their lives. Through leadership, students develop the skills necessary to succeed in life and work. Programs serve at-risk youth and young adults ages 13 to 35 through programs such as the The Peer Motivation Program, The Peer Mentor Program and The Neighborhood Enrichment Program.