I Grow Chicago founder and long-time neighbor Ms. Gwen Johnson sits down with Score Values to talk about I Grow Chicago’s values, history and its plans for the future. They cover everything from the organization’s beginnings, the formation of Wisdom Council and Youth Council, the nature playlot, the challenges and the barriers that the community often face and the resource and wisdom that everybody draws from to move forward with their vision of the community.

Ms. Gwen, who has lived in the neighborhood for more than 50 years, talks about the changes she has seen in the community and the wellness program she has helped start — Chair Yoga and Walking Club. She also talks about her role on Wisdom Council, which brings together not only elders from different blocks but the children too. She talks about the importance of hope in the face of hopelessness and mentoring the young ones who are trying to turn their lives around.