Founder and President
Robbin’s journey is rooted in her work to understand how the body moves to heal trauma and her belief in collaborative community engagement to foster hope and healing. After earning a degree in biochemistry from UCLA and running her own business for 35 years, she completed her kundalini yoga teacher certification, along with training in Street Yoga, YogaKids, Radiant Child Yoga, Brain Gym, and Heart Math.
Looking to provide some relief from the stress and trauma of continual exposure to violence, she began volunteering as a yoga teacher for children at an Englewood community school. Soon she found that the children she most wanted to engage and impact were outside the classroom – they were either sitting in the hallway, suspended, or expelled. The root causes of trauma, experienced outside of school walls and by people of all ages, meant expanding her efforts.
The result is I Grow Chicago.
Then as now, Robbin works to integrate the practices of restorative justice, artistic expression, mindful movement, and community development to create a new model of social change.
We engage, empower, and employ Englewood residents to lead our healing programs.
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.