I Grow Chicago discusses March for Our Lives on WVON

I Grow Chicago discusses March for Our Lives on WVON

Cliff Kelley of WVON invited I Grow Chicago onto the air to talk about the March for Our Lives, the importance of gun reform and why it matters to the residents of Englewood. Co-executive director Erin Vogel and student leader Eldridge Brown shared how I Grow Chicago...
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...
You have so much to teach me

You have so much to teach me

Dear Quentin, You have so much to teach me, for I don’t understand why you don’t hate, why you don’t scream, why you don’t spend every waking moment in tears. It is you that will teach me not to hate. You, our Co-Executive Director, were arrested in front of the Peace...
Safe

Safe

“Wait, why are you going there? I’ve heard about that area. It’s not safe.” When I first ventured to Englewood, I was bombarded with statements like the one above. I was told that I, a young, white woman from suburban Maryland, would not be welcomed in the south side...
Kids Helping Kids with Parker School Partnership

Kids Helping Kids with Parker School Partnership

Francis Parker Day School’s service work and community connection with I Grow Chicago was recently featured in the school’s blog:   Heart to Heart Connections “First grade teacher Bev ‘Greenie’ Greenberg is no stranger to fostering...
Partner in Peace: Whole Cities Foundation

Partner in Peace: Whole Cities Foundation

Sowing seeds of change How does a community make healthy food options a neighborhood norm? For Englewood, it’s meant growing your own food and supporting urban agriculture. For the past few years, Whole Cities Foundation has partnered with Englewood nonprofits that...