The J-Def Peace Project was created to honor the life of JeffMaldonado Jr, also known as J-DEF. J-DEF was a young hip-hop artist in Pilsen. J-Def was a victim of gun violence and died a day after his nineteenth birthday. Our endeavor celebrates his creative legacy every day.The J-Def Peace Project has empowered youth across several Chicago neighborhoods including Pilsen, Brighton Park, Back of the Yards, East Side, North Lawndale, and Franklin Park. Creating a safe and creative environment allows our teens to develop 21stcentury skills that will prepare them for life after high school. Their work and dedication have a positive impact on their lives and theircommunities.
Photo credit: Jada Becker-Vargas
The J-Def Peace Project's mission is to provide youth with quality skill-building programs and leadership skills. These skills are developed through the visual arts process in safe and creative spaces.
The J-Def Peace Project is pleased to announce our partnership with the Chicago Park District. Our new office and classroom are in Cornell Square Park, and we look forward to providing youth programs for the Back of the Yards Community.
The J-Def Peace Project provides a safe place to implement teen skill building and leadership through the arts. While teens are able to be creative they also focuses on skills of human achievement. These skills are implemented through the visual arts process where our philosophy of balance, community and dedication to creativity leads to peace.