Behind the Barrier: Voter Suppression

Behind the Barrier: Voter Suppression

The United States is built upon an idea of equality and democracy, a country built for and by the people. Yet today in 2020, 244 years since the inception of this nation that is supposed to work for all of us, people around the country are prevented from voting and...
Born to Thrive: Fall 2020 Support Plan

Born to Thrive: Fall 2020 Support Plan

Sponsor a Student As Chicago Public Schools made the decision to hold remote classes this school year,  I Grow Chicago is once again rising to the occasion to support families and children. We are prepared to fill the gap for 40 students, following them throughout the...
We Could Do Wonders

We Could Do Wonders

Summer Camp program is in its sixth and final week. Due to the COVID 19 crisis, we were forced to change the look and style of our Summer Camp. Social distancing, masks and continual hand washing and the absence of hugging did not diminish the love and care  shown to...
Behind the Barrier: Online Learning

Behind the Barrier: Online Learning

For many students at underfunded schools, learning is already full of barriers that must be surpassed. While some students were feeling excited about classes they were in, inspired their teachers, and proud of their personal growth in early March, many others were...
“I hope you never have to feel like I felt this weekend”

“I hope you never have to feel like I felt this weekend”

There’s a song by a band called Five for Fighting called “Superman”, which has the lyrics “And it’s not easy to be me”. This statement is accurate on a normal day. (You remember a normal day, don’t you?)  Now imagine what it feels like to be me these days. Some...
Behind the Barrier: Racial Trauma

Behind the Barrier: Racial Trauma

Our more intimate viewing and understanding of police brutality and inequality may be more widespread today, but our knowledge of this occurring is not new. And our opportunities to make change and educate ourselves are not novel either. Just as love is always a...