Red Cross Names Raydell Lacey As 2019 Impact Hero


Raydell Lacey Named American Red Cross 2019 Community Impact Hero

American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois 

May 1, 2019

Community Impact Hero: Raydell Lacey   

After losing her daughter to violence in 1994, Raydell gathered the strength to tell her story in order to help other parents who had lost children to violence. Her organization, Not Before My Parents, began as a t-shirts and hats campaign against violence in the Englewood community. The funds from the sale of the t-shirts and hats were used to help parents pay for funeral arrangements for their kids. Three years ago, Raydell’s strength was again tested when she lost her grandson to violence. This made her even more determined to reduce violence in her community. After seeing how focused her son was while playing chess, she had the idea of starting a chess club to use the game as a tool to fight violence. She thought the strategic thinking needed to play chess could help kids think before reacting. Two years later, the chess club is meeting regularly, and has monthly matches with the 7th District Chicago Police Department, creating a stronger relationship with police and youth in Chicago. #RedCrossHeroes United 

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Who We Are


How We're Helping

We are a nonprofit organization focused on:

  • Community building 
  • Sharing accountability
  • Providing adequate conflict resolute
  • Prompting a safe & peaceful environment 
  • Showing the Good In Englewood


Get Involved

Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality.

We appreciate your contributions, whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth and through social media.


Where We Are

Chess Lessons & Upcoming Events.  

Find out when & where you can help. 


2018 NBMP Brochure (pdf)


Our Mission is to improve the lives of those affected by violence.

Our Vision is to instill personal excellence, assist in building self-esteem, advocating for the celebration of cultural diversity and uniting communities.  We empower youth through our Not Before My Parents (NBMP) Chess Club and Performing Arts Programs.

Contact Us

Not Before My Parents

Chicago, Illinois, United States

(773) 231-8163


Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed