JPA to Host Chicago's Premiere Showing
of the New Documentary
“Broken Places” on Tuesday, May 14th


Broken Places poses questions about the complex impact of trauma on children and how it effects their lives as adults. The film maker dug into 40 years of his archives to update a few of the stories of children growing up in difficult circumstances. It turns out that some of these children were so scarred by abuse and neglect that they are now in mental institutions, correctional facilities, or drug rehabilitation centers. A few died prematurely. Others are now healthy, self-sufficient adults. The film explores these questions and discusses some of the factors that help children deal with -and heal from - trauma, abuse and neglect.

Viewers are given a unique time-lapse perspective, witnessing how a few of these troubled children evolved into the adults they are today. BROKEN PLACES is written, produced and directed by Roger Weisberg, whose previous productions have won over a hundred and fifty awards including Emmy, duPont-Columbia, and Peabody awards, as well as two Academy Award nominations.

Following the screening is a special Q&A with special guest, Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia!


Dr. Nneka Tapia Jones is an experienced psychologist who is passionate about mental wellness, criminal justice reform, and supporting young people who have experienced trauma.
Dr. Jones Tapia is the Inaugural Leader in Residence at Chicago Beyond, a nonprofit investing in organizations, community leaders, and equitable research
opportunities that are positioned to change the lives of young people in Chicago.


6:00 pm
Doors Open

6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Film Screening

7:45 pm - 8:15 pm
Q&A with special guest, Dr. Nneka Tapia Jones


JPA Announces New Partnership Chance the Rapper and SocialWorks!


We’re proud to be one of the cohorts of SocialWorks' new initiative, My State of Mind-a guidebook listing mental wellness service providers that will be available both physically & digitally.

Below is a video of the SocialWorks’ Summit featuring founder, Chance the Rapper, explaining more about this great collaboration (we are mentioned around the 23 min. mark)!


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With over a decade of work in schools in some of Chicago’s most challenged neighborhoods, JPA has learned that children are ultimately motivated to learn and thrive more by positive relationships than material rewards.

JPA not only provides therapy to children, but also helps educators discover new strategies and interventions they can use with one child or an entire classroom.

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Throughout its 118 year history, JPA has been at the forefront in addressing child abuse and neglect. Founded by Jane Addams and her colleagues during the Progressive Era, JPA is a reflection of their desire to uplift society and their belief in the possibility of reform. In its earliest incarnation, JPA provided the city’s first probation officers for children.

JPA serves more than 2,000 children and families each year.

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