Walter founded the West Garfield Park Community Stakeholders in 2011. Their mission is to work together to build a stronger, safer, and more productive community. Their goal is to establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, federal, state, local and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth and reduce senseless violence in the West Garfield Park community.
As the founder Walter has created opportunities via programs, activities and events to help direct youth towards positive alternatives to violence as well as teaching them how to become productive citizens through positive civic engagement. West Garfield Park Community Stakeholders seek to create opportunities via programs, activities and events to help direct youth towards positive alternatives to violence as well as teaching them how to become productive citizens through positive civic engagement.
Some of the programs Walter oversees are town hall meetings, prayer vigils, community rallies, an intergenerational mentoring initiative, and Parent Cafes which help bring parents together and empower them. He has even created two weekly TV programs on a public access channel which tackles various topics each quarter. One show is led by West Garfield Park Youth Counsel by youth ages 13-24. The program gives youth a chance to bring to light topics that are important to them. The other weekly TV program features adults in the community and is called Fathers Who Care.
Walter says “Our Vision as stakeholders is to engage a partnership of residents, parents, youth, educational institutions, organizations and public servants with a common goal to reduce violence within the West Garfield Park community.” As issues arise they rally people in the community to face the issues head on. It is a holistic approach to empowering the community.