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...
I.L.L.N.E.S.S.

I.L.L.N.E.S.S.

Doctors/Many people describes ILLNESS as crazy, mental, disable, disease, sickness, unhealthy, attack, disorder, bug, disability etc…That’s the World and many people that live in that definition or view when they hear or see the word ILLNESS. My definition of...
Hungry for a Change

Hungry for a Change

When you come from a neighborhood where the people there don’t matter it’s time for change. For someone like myself I can honestly say that I was part of the problem. And now I want to be a part of the solution or whatever it takes to see a change. You see you can sit...

The Brave Files: Growing Peace

“You don’t have to be the person our society has told you to be.” What would it look like if we all were able to hear and then live those words? How would we defy expectations and defeat assumptions? How would we change the world and our own paths for the better....

The Chicago Maroon: Community Redevelopment, One Dollar at a Time

“We create opportunities right here at our fingertips.” says Erin, our Co-Executive Director. At I Grow Chicago, we believe in something called activation. Activation is, as the Chicago Maroon writes in a recent feature, “the resurrection of community resources that...
Invest in Hope, Invest in Peace

Invest in Hope, Invest in Peace

Our Family Resource House is about a month away from being finished! The framing is done. The pipes are set. Cabinets, countertops, and floors have been picked. Once final approval is complete, the drywall and floors will be installed and the home that’s been...
One Fresh Breath

One Fresh Breath

An act of love – nonjudgmental, unconditional, supportive love – changes lives. And the amazing thing about love is that anyone can do it. Anyone can be it. You don’t need any special skills or resources to love. You simply need to show up, open and...
Growing Hope

Growing Hope

Being a mentor in the I Grow Chicago Peace Garden is one of the most beautiful things I have ever been a part of in my life. Everyone I’ve had the honor of working with, we all walk proudly on the block, feeling the delights of the tidy flower beds, litterless...