A Chicago police officer started a program to mentor and guide the city’s youth

CHICAGO (WLS) — January is National Mentoring Month, celebrating mentors around the world whose wisdom, guidance and positivity have made a difference in the lives of young people.

The goal of mentoring is near and dear to Kenneth Griffin, a youth officer for the Chicago Police Department’s 5th District. It was “no matter what” that inspired him to start his own company. The nonprofit is committed to helping Chicago’s children reach their full potential through mentoring, career training and mental health awareness.

Before becoming an officer, Griffin developed his passion for food and worked as a chef. As the founder of Anything Matters, Kenneth continually provides a safe space for Chicago’s youth to thrive “no matter what” the obstacles they face.

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Regardless, students who participate in programs have built a community garden following the impending closing of Whole Foods in Englewood. The Denzel Thornton Memorial Garden now serves as a safe haven, and is a place where students can learn how to farm the land, grow their own food, and what it takes to grow fruits and vegetables that can feed a community.

On Sunday, March 5, Whatever Happened 2023 will host the Future of Food fundraiser. The event will feature delicious bites prepared and served mostly by Chicago Public School students, an open bar, live music and a silent auction – all to support the youth of the Chicago community. Tickets for the fundraiser are $125 and are available for purchase at nmwchicago.org.

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