On June 2, 2018, Rotary’s International President, Ian Riseley, hosted the Rotary International Peacebuilding Conference. At the conference, speakers such as John Williams, Scott Land, and many more spoke to youth from all over the U.S. at the South Shore Country Club. Chicago was the only site for the U.S.-based Peacebuilding Conference and focused on Peace Through Education and Literacy.Read More
Illinois civic leader, Robert Renteria has been selected to receive two Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., awards for excellence in his work in anti-violence education, youth initiatives and community change. Renteria will be honored by Reverend Jesse Jackson's coalition, PUSH Excel on January 15, 2013 at 8 a.m. at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Illinois.Read More
Robert Renteria continues to combat the assimilation of conflict. He, in partnership with The Miracle Center and Maria Torres of the Emerging Artists Foundation, will present "The Barrio Project," Renteria's publicist announced today. Selected scenes from the stage play will be performed during a sneak-peak special. The event takes place Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, at The Miracle Center, 2311 N. Pulaski, Chicago, IL. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. performance.Read More
In 2013 Mr. Renteria is the first Latino in the world to ever receive two National Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards for his work as a Civil Rights Leader and a Latino voice in Educational Reform. In 2011 Robert Renteria is the first Latino in the world to receive an Outstanding International Humanitarian Award for promoting Global Peace and Education.Read More
Robert Renteria, an award-winning author and former businessman from Chicago, powered a motivational speech to a select group of San Benito High School boys on Sept. 7.Read More
The book From the Barrio to the Board Room is a tool and Robert Renteria is a resource who promotes education, a sense of pride and accomplishment, and self-esteem within the youth of our communities.Read More
The gang problem has long afflicted large numbers of the nation’s youth, with 1.4 million young Americans today wearing the colors of the more than 30,000 violent gangs that peddle dope and despair nationwide.
But a Latino change agent has emerged to plant new roots for a new America. Robert Renteria is revolutionizing the way this country must work to solve its deadly drug, gang and crime problems.Read More
Crosses for Losses: America Never Forgotten uses an unparalleled model designed to tackle violence and support the families of victims. The Aurora, Illinois-based group offers solution-oriented and inspiring tools to perform these tasks.Read More
As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we highlight the work done by Chicago’s growing Latino community.
Robert Renteria has made it his mission to get kids to move away from gangs and look to education.
How did he do it? Growing up in one of the worst neighborhoods in the country to become a top business man? His story is inspiring kids who are looking at his words on paper to find a better path.Read More
Jim Oberweis recently donated 1,000 copies of author Robert Renteria's Barrio books to Chicago schools, Renterias' publicist announced today. Barrio books inspire, motivate, and teach at-risk youth how to make better choices. Renteria addresses youth issues through his book series and school-based and faith-based curricula.
"Mr. Renteria remains our only author to develop anti-violence and youth initiatives," stated his publicist, Fran Briggs. "He continues to be recognized for his effectiveness to transcend culture by reaching youth from different backgrounds. To date, more than 200,000 students from 23 countries have received his curriculum."Read More