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...
Olam chesed yibaneh, a world where love lives in public

Olam chesed yibaneh, a world where love lives in public

When I heard news of the tragedy at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, I was immediately brought back to an experience I had in high school, when the seniors played a “prank” and painted all the underclassmen Jews’ cars with swastikas. In that moment, seeing a...

Yoga Journal: Good Karma Awards

This month, we learned that I Grow Chicago was selected by Yoga Journal, in conjunction with partners from the Yoga Service Council, Give Back Yoga Foundation, Yoga Alliance, and Lululemon’s social impact program Here to Be, as one of 10 community groups using yoga to...
Chicago Bears Support Peace Campus

Chicago Bears Support Peace Campus

We’re thrilled to be one of the local social justice community groups the Bears’ players, ownership and staff have chosen to focus on supporting this year. Read more about the organization’s efforts to support peace and promote community with a generous grant, and a...
Community Spotlight: Delois Steward

Community Spotlight: Delois Steward

An interview with Delois Steward, Peace Gardener How long have you lived in Englewood? I’ve lived in Englewood for 48 years, on 66th and Honore. In the 48 years I lived on 66th and Honore, I’ve always been a giver. I’m out at 7 o’clock in the morning cleaning up the...
A Piece by Peace

A Piece by Peace

“All great changes are preceded by chaos” – Deepak Chopra This quote explains my journey to becoming “Peace” perfectly. At birth I was given the name of James Lee Coleman. Later I realized with the help of restorative justice that to be...
How Education Will Change My Life

How Education Will Change My Life

How education will change my life is with education I can better my future and further my education and understanding. I always limited myself to where I felt that I couldn’t go any further in life or there isn’t anything else that I could learn or get outta life, but...

BlackDoctor.Org: A Community Changed By Ownership, Respect & Value

“Pick your own corner of the world and do something to change it.” Those words from Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee inspired I Grow Chicago founder Robbin Carrol to do something at 64th and Honore. Learn more about this history, present and future of I Grow...

I Grow Chicago Hosts Third Annual Englewood Peace Fest

I Grow Chicago, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering the Englewood neighborhood through community connection, skill building, and healing, will host their third annual Peace Fest on September 1, 2018. The event aims to celebrate the Englewood neighborhood...