Yoga Teacher Training: Reflecting on the Process and the Journey

In 2017, that was when I found out my love for yoga! Working for a youth development non- profit organization comes with many rewarding moments for both me and my students. I love those moments and working for my students and their futures! However, as many would know...

Kusanya Keeps it Real Local

One of our Partners in Peace, Kusanya Cafe, was featured in SCE.  Kusanya is a place of the people, for the people, by the people—of Englewood. The organization runs on cafe sales, small donations and grants, but thrives on community engagement, intentional...
Reclaim, renew, restore: Breaking Ground on the Play Lot

Reclaim, renew, restore: Breaking Ground on the Play Lot

  A few weeks ago, volunteers and neighbors came out to our Peace Campus to be involved in our Service Day and the official groundbreaking of our nature playlot. The event began with a centering activity where volunteers and community members joined hands and linked...
Summer Camp Recipes: Greek Salad and Cucumber Gazpacho

Summer Camp Recipes: Greek Salad and Cucumber Gazpacho

 I’m glad to be back at the Peace House for the summer camp working with the kids.  I missed these kids. It was a lot of fun to be back for the Cooking and Nutrition class.  It felt great seeing the kids especially when the kids ran up to me, yelled “Miss Erin!!” and...
Investing in Our Children

Investing in Our Children

Working to end gun violence through advocacy, divestment, and investment “You are not obligated to complete the task, but neither are you free to desist from it.” These words, passed down through generations of Jewish fathers and mothers, are a call to action and a...

Progressive: I Grow Chicago plants the seeds of neighborhood hope

For most Englewood residents, violence is woven into the fabric of daily life. Although residents and community members walk freely into the house when it is open, once the Peace House closes, Englewood residents still have to deal with their problems though many lack...

Block Club Chicago: Marching forward to transform the block

I Grow Chicago breaks ground on the latest addition to our Peace Campus, the play lot on 6415 S Honore St.  Even the midday thunder and downpour was not enough to deter volunteers. Our residents have longed asked for a safe play space for the children, and the...

Englewood: Past and Present

On a Saturday afternoon, residents from across Chicago gathered in the Peace Garden to listen to stories from multiple generations of Englewood residents. The event is part of a summer series hosted by the Chicago Impact Network to hear from people and organizations...