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Quentin Honored as one of Crain’s 20 in their 20s

We are proud to announce that our Co-Executive Director Quentin Mables was selected as one of Crain’s 20 in their 20s for his inspiring work with I Grow Chicago in Englewood. Just a few short years ago, our founder Robbin Carroll stood on the street corner of 64th and Honore, passing out Subway sandwiches and…


Kenya Reflections: Quentin

  In April 2017, four members of our team visited Nairobi, Kenya for a 200-hour Baptiste Yoga teacher training and observation of Africa Yoga Project‘s Shine Center. Through this cultural exchange opportunity, we learned about the tools used in the slums of Nairobi that could transfer to our own communities in Chicago. Our Co-Executive Director, Quentin,…


Kenya Reflections: Zelda

In April 2017, four members of our team visited Nairobi, Kenya for a 200-hour Baptiste Yoga teacher training and observation of Africa Yoga Project‘s Shine Center. Through this cultural exchange opportunity, we learned about the tools used in the slums of Nairobi that could transfer to our own communities in Chicago. Our Director of Development, Zelda,…


Kenya Reflections: Erin

In April 2017, four members of our team visited Nairobi, Kenya for a 200-hour Baptiste Yoga teacher training and observation of Africa Yoga Project‘s Shine Center. Through this cultural exchange opportunity, we learned about the tools used in the slums of Nairobi that could transfer to our own communities in Chicago. Our Co-Executive Director, Erin, shares…


Kenya Reflections: J Woods

In April 2017, four members of our team visited Nairobi, Kenya for a 200-hour Baptiste Yoga teacher training and observation of Africa Yoga Project‘s Shine Center. Through this cultural exchange opportunity, we learned about the tools used in the slums of Nairobi that could transfer to our own communities in Chicago. Our After School Program Coordinator, J,…


Why do we have a campaign to Put the Fucking Guns Down?

Some folks have recently asked us why we have a Put the Fucking Guns Down campaign and why we occasionally use the word “fuck.” Karl started Put the Fucking Guns Down campaign when he became fed up with losing so many of his friends to gun violence. We chose the word “fucking” due to its…


Damage and Repair: Experiences of Police-Community Healing Circles

                Every month we host healing circles that bring together police officers and residents of Englewood and beyond. We share a meal and our voices, using restorative justice circle keeping practices. One of our yoga teachers and volunteers, Lauren, shared with us her experiences of interacting with the…


Community Highlight: Ms. B

Name: Bridgette Age: 42 Occupation: Mother, grandmother, hairstylist, server at Q’s Tips & Wings BBQ How has I Grow Chicago affected your life? “My experience with I Grow I would have to say is first me meeting very considerate, honest, loving, supportive, and generous people. I have really expanded my mind, far as giving back…