Yoga Every Damn Day

Yoga Every Damn Day

One of my resolutions this year is to practice yoga every day. Why yoga? Great question! My 2017 intention was to find balance as a yogi on and off the mat. Reflecting on last year, I learned there will never be a perfect balance in life. I’ve been doing yoga for just...
Ty’Juan’s Peace House

Ty’Juan’s Peace House

I’m brave, powerful, helpful, joyful, peaceful, and smart. I’m a very good reader. I love my sister, Ty’nya. She’s smart, very kind. Zelda is helpful. Erin is peaceful. Ms. Robbin is brave and smart. And love. Quentin and Clarence and Turn Up,...
Why don’t they just go get jobs?

Why don’t they just go get jobs?

My Co-Executive Director Quentin once said that it’s easier to get a gun in Englewood than it is to get a job. He’s right. At least once every few months when I am speaking about crime in Englewood someone will ask me, “why don’t they just go get jobs?” If only it...
Speedy in New York

Speedy in New York

I went to New York for my first time and did a kundalini yoga teacher training class and had a wonderful time. I flew on a plane for the first time. I was nervous, thinking how would I feel and how would I be entertained, but my flight went well. My first time in New...
Volunteer Spotlight: Khafre Watkins

Volunteer Spotlight: Khafre Watkins

Role at I Grow Chicago: Empower people with the resources and knowledge to obtain employment through resume creation, applying for specific jobs, understanding the application and interview process. Help people apply for school and financial aid and choose a career...
Announcing our Breathing and Balling Court

Announcing our Breathing and Balling Court

Our Co-Executive Director Quentin Mables always says that if you want people to put the guns down, you have the give them something else to pick up. Quentin saw the power of the game to create connection, improve communication, encourage problem solving, and build our...