Event Recap: Hops for Hope

Hops for Hope is One Way We Heal the Hood On April 23, we celebrated the 4th anniversary of the Peace House at the Laguintas Taproom. Watch the recap video as guests ranging from our founder to participants to volunteers to friends of I Grow Chicago talk about where...
Hope and Access

Hope and Access

Mark Beier is an I Grow Chicago Associate Board member and Director of Training at Shred415. He is the lead organizer of our first annual Gather in Sweat fundraising week. Mark shares his reflections on his time with I Grow Chicago, and how he has been inspired to...
The Power of Inclusion in Hard Times

The Power of Inclusion in Hard Times

In my short time with I Grow, I’ve gotten to know so many great people at the Peace House.  The wonderful neighbors have shared with me their stories, joys, and even pains with me in these community walls.  I can’t put in words how moved I’ve been by the people I’ve...
Put the Guns Down

Put the Guns Down

Why are our children dying? How could we let this happen to our children, our most precious resource? These are questions I kept asking my boyfriend, with tears in my eyes, last week after a particularly hard day at work. Last Sunday night, one of the young men I...
Make Your Voice an Action

Make Your Voice an Action

How can one feel so acknowledged in one space but yet feel so dehumanized in another space? At the beginning of February, I traveled to Atlanta to participate in Lululemon’s Annual “Here to Be” summit. I joined nonprofit and community leaders from across the world in...
Stretching Towards Our Youth

Stretching Towards Our Youth

Last month I went to Virginia to train with Shakta Khalsa at Radiant Child Yoga. I enjoyed the trip and am grateful for the opportunity. I feel we went deep into how to work with kids doing yoga and how we can reach them and also make it fun for them doing yoga. My...