I should have updated my blog many, many months ago. There’s been so much going on, but I will make more effort to update my blog on what’s going on in the land of grassroots social entrepreneurship. Here’s a lineup of the updates.
On August 20, 2013, I led a Anti-Violence Youth Summit in partnership with Chicago State University, 17th Ward Alderman Latasha Thomas, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago. It was an amazing experience to hear the youth explain what things are going on in their community, the lack of services and resources, and we were pleased that the Mayor spoke at the event.
We have had an opportunity to release some of our impact figures:
3,500+ hours of business and tech classes
5,154 people have walked through our doors
We’ve hosted over 43 events and meetups
We hosted the Chicago Music Hack Day
We forged some great partnerships with Englewood Codes, MsTech, Young and Powerful, and Women Empowerment
Our 21st Century Youth Project is a Semi-Finalist for the A Better Chicago grant competition.
Chicago International Social Change Film Festival
We were beyond pleased with the reception, press and turnout for the 2nd annual film festival. We sold out opening night and all of our screenings were well attended. We can’t wait for the 3rd Annual Chicago International Social Change Film Festival!
Here’s some links to our press:
Fred Hampton Image Award of 2013
I was pleased to have been awarded the Fred Hampton Image Award, for my commitment to service and making the community better.
I was a panelist in NYC for the FOCUS100 event, sharing some insight on how to build a pipeline of talent. I must say, it was the best conference I’ve attended. I can’t wait for next year!