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Keynote Speaker: Eddie Bocanegra

Keynote: READI Chicago

A General Session

Thursday, June 14, 9 am



New York Times story on the program.



Eddie Bocanegra

Senior Director

READI Chicago

Chicago, Ill.


Eddie Bocanegra currently serves as senior director of the READi Chicago initiative at Heartland Alliance. Otherprofessional experience includes serving as co-executive director of the YMCA’s Youth and Safety Violence Prevention program, a violence interrupter with the Chicago Violence Prevention Project (Ceasefire), and as an art activist at EnlaceChicago.

Eddie also was the Organizer for the Chicago West Suburbs and The FORCE Project at Community Renewal Society, and his involvement with the project has continued. Eddie shares his own experiences as a person with a criminal record withorganizations, community groups, and at risk individuals in an effort to help others live better lives. His story was featuredin the 2011 film, The Interrupters. He recently received a master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.