Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center

“Peace. We look at our world and speak the word aloud. Peace. We look at each other, then into ourselves And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation. Peace, my Brother. Peace, my Sister. Peace, my Soul. “

Maya Angelou

Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center

For the past 3 years Smile for Change has worked closely with Deputy Sheriff William Stewart and his Adopt a Pod and Ambassador Programs. Smile has brought guest speakers, artists, healthy food, barbers and holiday cheer! Positive behavior change always begins with intention and agape love. We are currently collaborating to create a Mental Health Program using professionals in the psychotherapy, yoga & creative healing arts realms to give kids at JTDC the support they deserve.

Do you have services you know will help these kids? Or would you like to volunteer with us?

Smile for Change in collaboration with Dusable County IL Community Coalition Group & Turkey Chop Soup Kitchen feed the kids!

Smile for Change hosts the first Jazz Band EVER to play at the JTDC!

Isaiah Collier and The Chosen

Smile for Change, Soulful Chicago & Dusable County IL Community Coalition Group


One of the Ambassador Programs that the JTDC and Smile for Change have collaborated on is their Barber College Program. Upon graduation these bright young men have a licence and a skill to offer. Buzz McBride of BM Media Group and Smile for Change donate Graduation portraits to graduates and their families!


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