Laura Phillips

Born to Thrive Manager

Laura Phillips started her journey with I Grow Chicago in early June, joining our team to help design and organize our Summer of Hope program. During her time with us, Laura has dedicated her time to developing creative and engaging curriculum for our kids, generating a thorough safety protocol to sustain our in-person summer programming, and building deep and meaningful relationships with our community members and partners. In her previous role as a College Access Coach in Portland, OR, Laura helped students understand and approach the college process, supported their academic needs, and communicated needs with families and school personnel. Laura’s work with students across the country has focused on providing holistic, individualized support both inside and outside of the classroom. As we enter this new phase of hybrid learning with our kids, Laura is excited to lead our team in reimagining how we can nourish the academic, familial and social-emotional needs of our precious young ones. Laura believes that to be Born to Thrive means to be worthy of every opportunity to become the person you dream yourself to be. 


It takes one seed, one step, one chance to change a person’s life. And one dollar can go a long way in helping us to make that happen.