What We Do

GRIP's programs are a strategic means to creating opportunities for youth and Christian adults to connect and develop Life-on-Life relationships.



SLAM is a high-energy sports and team-building outreach program that runs every Monday night. Throughout the year, hundreds of youth come to SLAM engaging in fun games, team sports, Bible teaching, small group discussions, and lots of hugs!

SLAM creates the perfect environment for our team of dedicated volunteers to start building meaningful Life-on-Life relationships with our teens–and these relationships don’t stop there!

Our volunteers spend double the amount of Life-on-Life hours with youth outside of SLAM as compared to inside, intentionally targeting areas of academics,
life-skills, spiritual development, family, and fun.

Expanding beyond the borders of Chicago, GRIP has trained churches and organizations on Life-on-Life discipleship and on how to launch an effective SLAM program–multiplying the number of Life-on-Life relationships with this next generation.

Come join us for a tour of SLAM at Moody Bible Institute’s Solheim Center to see our flagship program in action! Contact us to schedule a visit, or sign up to volunteer.

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GRIP The School

GRIP The School (GTS) is an initiative dedicated to assisting Chicago’s under-resourced public schools–cultivating adult/youth Life-on-Life relationships to create a safer and more effective learning environment for our youth. These relationships then extend outside the walls of the school to engage students in their homes, churches, and communities.

As GTS mobilizes churches to serve local schools, hallways are saturated with people and resources to meet the practical needs of the school. GTS connects volunteers to teach after-school courses, assist teachers and administrators both inside and outside of the classroom, implement security, orchestrate school-wide assemblies, lead small group lunchroom discussions, teach the creative arts, coach sports teams, and connect students with positive extracurricular activities,
such as our SLAM program.

GRIP not only has presence in three of Chicago’s under-resourced high schools, but also continues to train dozens of churches and youth organizations throughout the city and elsewhere to engage public schools within their communities–resulting in the further growth of Life-on-Life relationships.

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Future Steps

With our Future Steps program, we will expand GRIP’s network of business owners and managers, across a multitude of industries to provide youth with jobs, internships, and essential life skills.

Leveraging the strength of our Life-on-Life relationships, GRIP coordinates between mentor and business manager on a weekly basis, offering a community of support for our youth as they learn important skills such as goal setting, time management, budgeting, and presentation skills, among many others.

With Future Steps, our teens form a vision for their future and are empowered to live it out.

In the coming months we hope to grow a network of job opportunities. Would you help us by introducing us to managers and business owners in the following industries?

  • Medical
  • Manufacturing
  • Insurance
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Trades
  • Real Estate
  • Sales
  • Retail
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