Community Focus

UHCHI CELEBRATES GRADUATES OF THE CULINARY APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

During the pandemic, Geri Bleavings was on Facebook and found out about UNITE HERE Chicago Hospitality Institute (UHCHI). The restaurant that she was running was closed because of the pandemic and she was doing some catering out of her house. She signed up and was drawn to the Culinary Apprenticeship Program’s professional structure. It sparked a passion in her.

MBK Alliance hosts summit for boys and young men of color

Jackson Bishop, a senior at Lindblom Math and Science Academy, has been part of My Brother’s Keeper for a year and a half. He was drawn to the organization because of the Brotherhood. He has his sights set on attending Morehouse College in Atlanta. He visited the school and he saw how the students and faculty were like a family, they all knew each other and deeply cared for each other.

Forty local organizations awarded Chicago’s Cultural Treasures Grant

The Red Clay Dance Company has been a cultural institution for 14 years. Vershawn Sanders-Ward is the Artistic Director and CEO of the Red Clay Dance Company. She was very excited when she heard about Chicago’s Cultural Treasures, because she heard about the National grant that the Ford Foundation launched from her mentor at the Ballet Hispanico.

HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL POURS INTO STUDENTS, STAFF AND PARENTS

Dr. Kyla Mathews has been the Principal of Epic Academy High School since the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year. Dr. Mathews is able to pour into people because she was poured into.

ROSELAND MEDICAL DISTRICT MASTER PLAN GOES TO NEXT STAGE

The Master Plan for the Roseland Medical District has gone to the next steps in the process. The plan was released by the Department of Planning and Development for public comment until Monday, Nov. 7th After November 7th, no additional public comments could be made.

DION’S CHICAGO DREAM TALKS ABOUT PROVIDING FRESH PRODUCE TO RESIDENTS IN A Q & A WITH THE CITIZEN

Dion Dawson, founder of Dion’s Chicago Dream, started the organization because he was not seeing any variety, change or evolution in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector.

BOOK DETAILS BLACK WOMEN’S EXPERIENCES WITH THEIR HAIR

Lyzette Wanzer was infuriated by the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. She had to do something and as a writer, the one weapon Wanzer knew she could wield was her pen.

NEW CHEF-IN- RESIDENCE AT RETREAT AT THE CURRENCY EXCHANGE CAFÉ

Chef Ariya Taylor uses influences from her great grandmother, who is from Mississippi, and her great grandfather, who was from Louisiana. She also has her great grandmother’s recipe book. She started cooking when she was 8-years-old. Those styles of cooking really played a part in how she cooks.

Poetry Foundation recognizes and honors writers with the 2022 Pegasus Awards

Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti founded Third World Press in 1967 in his basement apartment in Englewood on 62nd and Ada, with $200 and a lithograph machine. The idea was that Black people needed to read books unfiltered and uncensored. His love of books began when he read Richard Wright’s “Black Boy” at the age of 14.

“Equity for All” Job Fair set for Nov. 1st

Ada S. McKinley will host its “Equity For All” Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1st, at 1863 S. Wabash. The employment event is open to people with disabilities, veterans, college students, high school graduates, and those interested in a trade.

Local Woman Looking For A Kidney Donor

Sherie Withers is looking for a living kidney donor. Withers is a 25-year Lupus survivor. She always had kidney issues because of her Lupus Nephritis. She was diagnosed with Lupus in 1998.

THE CHICAGO LIGHTS’ TUTORING PROGRAM HELPS STUDENTS

The Chicago Lights’, a one-on-one tutoring program has returned in-person this year for the first time in two years. Chicago Lights’ is the nonprofit organization at Fourth Presbyterian Church, located at 126 E. Chestnut St. The tutoring program began in 1964 as a way to provide support to students who needed help North, West and South sides of the city. Each year, between 300-400 students are serviced. Each student is matched with a mentor.

Chicago Integrated Health takes a holistic approach

Iris Patterson founded Chicago Integrated Health because of the growing epidemic of Heart Disease and Diabetes in the Black community. Personally, Patterson had family members who had been diagnosed with Diabetes, and she wanted to make a difference.

ILLINOIS ACTION FOR CHILDREN IS BUILDING STRONG FAMILIES AND POWERFUL COMMUNITIES

Illinois Action for Children began in 1969 with the mission to create opportunities for young children to reach their full potential, educationally and personally.

ILLINOIS JUSTICE PROJECT WORKS TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY

Ahmadou Drame’ is the Project Director at the Illinois Justice Project. Drame’ works to advance policies, programs and initiatives that reduce violence, gun violence and reduce incarceration.