Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships met with religious leaders on the University of Illinois-Chicago.
They talked about how the government and the church can work together to improve Chicago's neighborhoods. Mayor Emanuel says both have a responsibility to protect the city's youth.
"I need ministers to come outside the door of the church where there is warmth, and bring that warmth out onto the streets," Emanuel said.
Tuesday's event is part of President Barack Obama's "Connecting Communities for the Common Good" conference series that is making its way across the country.