About Us

New Community Outreach actively supports youth and families in Chicago’s Bronzeville community. Building on the ministry of New Community Covenant Church, we provide weekly classroom volunteers for and elementary school, lead restorative justice programing at a high school, maintain a community garden, and organize a community-wide back-to-school fair among other neighborhood initiatives.

We are guided by a vision of thriving Chicago communities led by neighbors of all ages.

We work collaboratively with residents of the South Side of Chicago to reduce the causes of physical and emotional trauma and raise the opportunities for community equity and individual flourishing.

Everything we do is shaped by our values.

  • Sankofa: We build on the foundation of our community’s history.
  • Justice: We fight the root causes of inequity and poverty.
  • Youth: We focus our efforts on the opportunities and challenges facing young people.
  • Reconciliation: We confront segregation and racism as forces opposed to flourishing.
  • Collaboration: We learn from, work with, and support our community partners.
  • Receptivity: We assess and adapt our initiatives to maximize effectiveness.
  • Hope: We orient our attitudes and efforts toward a hopeful future.

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Our Leadership

Markeyta Boone

Markeyta Boone

Executive Director


Markeyta brings wide-ranging nonprofit and educational expertise to her role. With over 20 years in education, Markeyta has discovered learning challenges and solutions among her students. Her approach to teaching helps students learn at their highest potential while making their studies applicable to their own lives.

Markeyta is a member of New Community Covenant Church where she serves as Worship Leader and Choir Director. She is a licensed minister with the Evangelical Covenant Church and has served on the church staff as the Director of Community Engagement.

Markeyta received a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Education and Certificate in Early Childhood Education from International Apostolic University of Grace and Truth. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University. Markeyta is currently finishing her Doctorate of Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education with a research focus on the essential tools for success for youth in Chicago’s Bronzeville community who have been traumatized by gun violence. Markeyta chooses the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as her life’s desire, “Use me God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.”

David Swanson

David Swanson



David is the founding pastor of New Community Covenant Church in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. He is a member of the Bronzeville Community Action Council, The Urban Resilience Network, and a racial reconciliation facilitator with the Evangelical Covenant Church. David is a graduate of Montreat College and Wheaton College Graduate School. He writes and speaks extensively on the topics of community development, racial reconciliation, and justice.

Board of Directors

Karlos Dodson, Chair

Information Technology Coordinator

Krystle Goh Kim, Treasurer

Finance/Strategy Consultant

Sandra Rodgers


Contact Us


3627 S Cottage Grove Ave
Chicago, IL 60653

(312) 985-6073