Why I Sweat for Peace

Why I Sweat for Peace

Physical activity has always been a form of meditation for me personally, and I feel strongly that everyone deserves access to it. I am an avid runner and enjoy many of the fitness classes offered around the city. When I witnessed the investment and commitment the...
Thumbs Up for Another Day

Thumbs Up for Another Day

On April 6 there was a shooting in West Englewood, at a baby shower, that resulted in 6 people, including two children getting shot. A 10-year-old girl was shot in the shin and an 8-year-old boy was shot in the chest and back and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital....
Here to be a breath

Here to be a breath

“I am here to be everything the world told me I couldn’t be.” – Denisha L. Price A few weeks ago, I was blessed to attend the lululemon Here To Be Summit. The summit was held in the mountains of Whistler, Canada with 50 of the most impactful people...

The Chicago Citizen: Peace Ambassadors Come to I Grow Chicago

I Grow Chicago welcomed 40 Chicago students from Perspectives Charter School’s Rodney D. Joslin Campus for a volunteer day. The students, landing from 11 to 18 years old, put together care packages with toiletries and other essentials to be distributed to our...

Perspective Peace Comes to I Grow Chicago

During National Volunteer Week this April, one student-led social justice club came to work with us in Englewood. Members of Perspective Peace spent time with us making care packages, practicing mindful yoga, and exploring how to foster peace through volunteering. If...
Here to be in the fight against injustice

Here to be in the fight against injustice

Who am I here to be? What am I here to be? How am I here to be? A couple weeks ago, I attended lululemon’s Here to be Summit in Whistler, British Columbia. Throughout and after the summit, I have been challenging myself on who/what/how I am here to be in this...
Life After School: Black Bean Tortilla Soup

Life After School: Black Bean Tortilla Soup

This week we made Black Bean Tortilla Soup for Life After School, the after school program.  The kids did a great job and enjoyed the soup with all the fun toppings.  Everyone tried it, even if they didn’t like it.  I appreciate them trying the food.  The kids cut up...
WGN TV:  Local Young Leaders On and Off the Field Show Their Support

WGN TV: Local Young Leaders On and Off the Field Show Their Support

Imagine our surprise when a whole bunch of high school soccer players from local communities showed up with a check for $4500! The players committed to running together and donating the money they raised to I Grow Chicago. We plan to use the funds toward the purchase...
Every Voice Validated

Every Voice Validated

Interning at I Grow Chicago for the past four months has brought me a sense of belonging since I have come to Chicago. I moved to Chicago at the end of August 2018, and I began my internship with IGC in October 2018. Being greeted with hugs and warm hellos was...