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MARA awarded grant to launch Relationships Activate Life-Long Integrity (RALLI) program

Updated: Mar 3, 2021

The City of South Bend Awards The Michiana Athletic and Recreation Association (MARA) with a South Bend Alive Grant to launch The Relationships Activate Life-Long Integrity (RALLI) program!


The South Bend Alive grant program is an effort to reduce incidents of gun violence in the community and provide constructive activities for youth. MARA received a grant to work with the South Bend Community School Corporation’s Restorative Justice and Restorative Youth Leadership program to engage over 500 children in peace circles in both school and youth sports settings. Derrick Perry, who developed the RALLI curriculum in 2018, will lead a team of trained coordinators engaging children in safe and empowering discussions about such issues as self-understanding, relationships, bullying, conflict resolution, and the effects of Covid-19 on their community. Derrick is working closely with Kathe Streeter, Restorative Justice and Restorative Youth Leadership at South Bend Community School Corporation, Patty Karban, Principal of the Darden school and Clark Power, Executive Director of Play Like a Champion. The RALLI program will have its initial circles at Darden school the last week of February and will be rolled out to other South Bend Community School Corporation (SBCSC) schools and youth sports and recreation organizations throughout the balance of the year.

RALLI creates an environment that enables children to develop their skills in responsible decision-making in and out of school. In addition, RALLI will introduce children and their parents to opportunities to participate in MARA’s sports and recreation programs, which offer a compassionate and inclusive environment for all children regardless of their athletic ability or ability to pay.

We will be providing you updates throughout the year. If you would like to find out more about the program, contact us by email at

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