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Back Alley Glitz$1,500COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENTDawsonBeverlyWest WoodlawnAuburn Gresham Portal; Block Club Chicago; Chicago Reporter; Chicago Crusader; Englewood Portal; Triibe; Third Coast Review; Chicago Talks; Prosperity House will clean our allies between Evans and Langley Ave. from 67th to 63rd. We will go to high schools in woodlawn so students can obtain community service credits. We will remove bricks from 8359 S Crandon at the men's facility and add a fence to the yard.https://youtu.be/sOL39KuSZNU
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Community Exchange Market at Oriole Park$1,500EQUITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSIONMadejElizabethNorwood ParkNadig Newspaper; Our Village News; Polish Daily; Block Club Chicago; Sauganash Sounds; Third Coast Review; Chicago ParentThe Community Exchange Market at Oriole Park will provide a way to connect members of our community with one another, as well as with other communities in the city. It will include an exchange of volunteers, an exchange of ideas, and an exchange of music, skills, and used items.https://youtu.be/erKvutbwuwg
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Building Unity In The Adult Education Community$2,500EQUITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSIONSalasJazmineUptownUptown Update; Gate; Chicago Defender; Block Club Chicago: Contratiempo: Gozamos; Third Coast Review; Streetwise; Chicago Reader; Lakeview NewspaperCCLC plans on launching the "Building Unity In The Adult Education Community" project in the fall. The project's a series of field trips to the National Mexican Museum of Art, the DuSable Museum, and the Chinese American Museum so adult learners can build a community across Chicago’s racially segregated neighborhoods.https://youtu.be/4Dlk4vvzD7g
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Character Plays/Assemblies$2,500EDUCATION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENTCranfieldAdanaWill CountyPioneer Press; Chicago Parent Throughout the school year, stage productions of skits/stories that teach character traits will be performed by students. In celebration of October's trait, "Kindness", THE JUICE BOX BULLY will be recreated on stage! The goal is to be able to mobilize this particular assembly to neighboring schools.https://youtu.be/1sA30H6WunQ
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DiasporaX - Making & Connecting Communities$2,500COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTGonzalezOscarHumboldt ParkLogan Squarist; Gozamos; Contratiempo; Block Club Chicago; Redeye; La Raza; Chicago Tribune; Chicago Reader; Chicago Talks; Chicago is the WorldDiaspora X is a series of 10-15 events in latinx communities in chicago, participants discuss and make art around Latinx experiences assisted by power players in the Latinx community. This will culminate in an Exhibition with a monograph and reception. We have scheduling and speakers, we just need funding.https://youtu.be/i1hpt6YQtLY
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Empowering Southside LSCs-Transforming Communities$2,500EDUCATION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENTClendenningJoyWashington ParkAuburn Gresham Portal; Block Club Chicago; Chicago Reporter; Chicago Crusader; Englewood Portal; Hyde Park Herald; Triibe; Chicago Talks; Bean Soup Times; Black Youth Project; Chicago Reader; Chalkbeat ChicagoStrengthening LSCs, where the entire community is represented, will elevate neighborhood schools which are community anchors. On two Saturdays, Raise Your Hand will utilize its coalition of experts in LSC statute and its longstanding community relationships to train south side LSCs on the scope of their legal authority.https://youtu.be/MjDKKbGRAto
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Hack The System - #FosterCare$2,500GOVERNMENTElliottShantéCook CountyIn These Times, Chicago Reader There are over 5,000 children in foster care in Cook County. Currently, DCFS has resources to only support five percent of these children. Hack the System will help youth in care develop the agency to propose policy solutions to improve their time in foster care as well as assist them in accessing opportunities upon leaving foster care.https://youtu.be/MdIv1WseKy8
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HELIUM Health Education$2,500EDUCATION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENTNahInyoungAlbany ParkUptown Update; Gate; Chicago Defender; Block Club Chicago: Contratiempo: Gozamos; Third Coast Review; Streetwise; Chicago Reader; Lakeview Newspaper; La Raza; Chalkbeat Chicago; Chicago is the WorldHELIUM (Health Education for Low Income, Undocumented & Minorities) is a student-run organization that strives to provide health education to young students in lower socioeconomic regions of Chicago. At HELIUM, we believe that everyone should have access to information on their health, and barriers created by social, legal, financial status, or language should be disregarded. Visit our website at heliumhealth.orghttps://youtu.be/-rM4UPmlVWY
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Language Equity: Medicaid Access for Immigrants$2,500EQUITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSIONHarrisonElizabethCity of ChicagoUptown Update; Gate; Chicago Defender; Block Club Chicago: Contratiempo: Gozamos; Third Coast Review; Streetwise; Chicago Reader; Lakeview Newspaper; La Raza; Chalkbeat Chicago; Chicago is the WorldLimited English proficiency shouldn't prevent families from accessing health coverage. We will promote language equity in Medicaid redetermination by educating and supporting frontline staff and immigrant community members as they navigate redetermination. UIC, ICIRR, and immigrant community organization partners will conduct trainings and develop educational materials based on recent research.https://youtu.be/eDlyJi7OWTQ
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Tech Prep Labs – Creating Future Techies$2,500EDUCATION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENTMurphyThereasaRoselandAuburn Gresham Portal; Block Club Chicago; Chicago Reporter; Chicago Crusader; Englewood Portal; Hyde Park Herald; Triibe; Chicago Talks; Bean Soup Times; Black Youth Project; Chicago Reader; Chalkbeat ChicagoTech Prep Labs, Inc. is organized to develop technology based resources centers that will provide free computer training for 100+ students ages (kids (5-7 years old) youth (8-12 years), teens (13-14 years) and young adults (15-18) living in the Roseland community area.https://youtu.be/sjyAkvfvhDI
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The W.O.W. Project$2,500EDUCATION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENTGivensYolandaChinatownBrighton Park Life-McKinley Park Life; Chicago Block Club; Bridgeport News; Chicago Chinese News; Lawndale News; Sing Tao Daily; The Gazette; Chalkbeat Chicago; Chicago is the WorldThe project will address mental health challenges, specifically depression among women & girls. The project will include (6) workshops targeting 30 women & 30 girls; a Summit open more women/girls; the producing of a PSA, and the creation of a resource guide. Goal: Provide a platform, Educate & Develop Skills, Raise Awareness, and Introduce Resources.https://youtu.be/9da-Qkkgxi4
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What To Do When A Loved Is Arrested Project$2,500JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND PUBLIC SAFETYParkerNjeriSouth SideAuburn Gresham Portal; Block Club Chicago; Chicago Reporter; Chicago Crusader; Englewood Portal; Hyde Park Herald; Triibe; Chicago Talks; Bean Soup Times; Black Youth Project; Chicago Reader; Chalkbeat ChicagoThe launch of the program will train key community stakeholders on the steps to take after someone in the community has been arrested. In partnership with Chicago Votes, voter registration will offered.https://youtu.be/EzPhLPm-a6I
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Young Women of Worth$2,500EDUCATION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENTJacksonTrinaSouth SideAuburn Gresham Portal; Block Club Chicago; Chicago Reporter; Chicago Crusader; Englewood Portal; Hyde Park Herald; Triibe; Chicago Talks; Bean Soup Times; Black Youth Project; Chicago Reader; Chalkbeat ChicagoYoung Women of Worth is a program that supports and educates young women in character development. Young Women of Worth is aimed to empower and uplift young women.We strive to build self-efficient and confident young women, equipping them with tools and knowledge that they need in order to excel academically and emotionallyhttps://youtu.be/71Fies4YPn8
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After Prison, Now What? Community Advocates$5,000JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND PUBLIC SAFETYWoodsTanya DCook CountyThe WJC is Acting Up again! This is our second OTT and one of last year's participants was this year's facilitator. We started a discussion about the horrors of incarceration and the barriers to positive and deep engagement after release. While society expects reentering adults to walk a straight line it unwittingly erects barriers and obstacles that stand in the way. As we discussed challenges, equal access to justice was a recurring theme. The Community Advocates Program at the WJC emerged as one of the organic solutions to tearing down barriers and building up strong communities. But what will it take to make a lasting impact? Hear what the WJC has to offer to contribute to the greater public good.https://youtu.be/DT2MT-N7Yp0
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Belmont Cragin Art Walk$5,000EQUITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSIONWayNikkiBelmont CraginLogan Squarist; Gozamos; Contratiempo; Block Club Chicago; Redeye; La Raza; Chicago Tribune; Chicago Reader; Chicago is the WorldThere is a lack of cultural spaces in our neighborhood, resulting in lowered exposure to the arts, and fewer opportunities for artists. A community art walk with murals and pop-up exhibits will generate a positive community spirit, and increase the connection between local commerce and our community.https://youtu.be/MjRdBb1tiDg
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From the Porch of Gwendolyn Brooks$5,000ARTS AND CULTUREMCMAHONMARGOTKenwoodAuburn Gresham Portal; Block Club Chicago; Chicago Reporter; Chicago Crusader; Englewood Portal; Hyde Park Herald; Triibe; Chicago Talks; Bean Soup Times; Black Youth Project; Chicago Reader; Chalkbeat ChicagoThe Chicago Literary Hall of Fame taps its network of \writers and educators to mentor neighborhood children, encouraging them to explore their own lives through a greater understanding of the life and work of Gwendolyn Brooks. Children celebrate their accomplishments by reading their creative work on the Brooks porch in two events this year.https://youtu.be/P0YSM0d8Xv0
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Get Cleared$5,000JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND PUBLIC SAFETYMonroeOtisSouth SideAuburn Gresham Portal; Block Club Chicago; Chicago Reporter; Chicago Crusader; Englewood Portal; Hyde Park Herald; Triibe; Chicago Talks; Bean Soup Times; Black Youth Project; Chicago Reader; Get Cleared will mobilize and transport 100-250 ex-offenders to the Chicago Police Department Headquarters on 35th & Michigan to apply for their "rap sheets", and connect them advocates and resources that will help break the cycle of recidivism, and enable them to become productive citizens of society, and inspiration to others, and participant in the betterment of their communities.https://youtu.be/y6dUlft4r7w
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Get Free Arts Project$5,000ARTS AND CULTUREReyesKarenEast Garfield ParkLawndale News; Chicago Reader; Block Club Chicago; Windy City Word; The Voice Newspaper; Austin TalksThe Acting Up award will fund an expansion of our Get Free Arts Project in our brand new studio space in East Garfield Park. This funding will fully cover materials, instruction, and youth interns to add 10 weeks of free community arts programming in ceramics and glass in fall 2018.https://youtu.be/WubVN8CfNOY
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Growing Citizen Leaders$5,000EDUCATION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENTShermanLaShondaEnglewoodAuburn Gresham Portal; Block Club Chicago; Chicago Reporter; Chicago Crusader; Englewood Portal; TriibeImagine Englewood If is a nonprofit focused on lead awareness. In the summer, we will empower local youths to engage in environmental work with our Growing Citizen Leaders (GCL) program. GCL is a leadership program in which youths are tasked to create a marketing and social media campaign called #LeadFreeEnglewood to spread awareness about the dangerous effects of lead and ways to prevent.https://youtu.be/zIrTfBPQb1k
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Help us Amplify our Impact!$5,000EQUITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSIONBreemsKaraMcKinley ParkBrighton Park Life-McKinley Park Life; Chicago Block Club; Bridgeport News; Chicago Chinese News; Lawndale News; Sing Tao Daily; The GazetteMcKinley Park Advisory Council (MPAC) and McKinley Park Development Council (MPDC) are working together - and hope you will join us - to Amplify our Impact! We mean this: Literally, via a small battery-powered amplifier to amplify park events; Figuratively, via a mural on a boarded up building adjacent to the playground featuring local schoolchildren’s visions for the neighborhood; and All Inclusive, via Spanish and Chinese translators who will open our events to all our neighbors.https://youtu.be/sNlAp6oZO1Y
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Housing-FORU$5,000JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND PUBLIC SAFETYBramleyMichalMcKinley ParkBrighton Park Life-McKinley Park Life; Chicago Block Club; Bridgeport News; Chicago Chinese News; Lawndale News; Sing Tao Daily; The GazetteProvide one month of recovery home services for participants in problem solving courts after they complete treatment. We plan to help 8 participants with the grant and our organization. FORU will match the grant by providing services for an additional 8 participantshttps://youtu.be/u7Buc5HZhdE
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Hunger Awareness Music Video PSA$5,000ECONOMIC ISSUES AND POVERTYKronKayArcher HeightsBrighton Park Life-McKinley Park Life; Chicago Block Club; Bridgeport News; Lawndale News; La Raza; The GazetteChicago Children’s Theatre will partner with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to create a music video style PSA featuring 20 young volunteers alongside actors from CCT's hit show Last Stop on Market Street. The project will expand awareness of GCFD services, assist in feeding the hungry, and celebrate doing good!https://youtu.be/AYA9_sTRnKk
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Kids In The News #ChiTrustActingUp$5,000EDUCATION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENTWillisMeganSouth SideAuburn Gresham Portal; Block Club Chicago; Chicago Reporter; Chicago Crusader; Englewood Portal; Hyde Park Herald; Triibe; Chicago Talks; Bean Soup Times; Black Youth Project; Chicago Reader; Youth learn media and production skills. Kids In The News will produce informative content from a youth perspective that will air on non-commercial television and the internet.https://youtu.be/PyABRqjIPoU
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Kitchen Possible Programming in East Garfield Park$5,000EDUCATION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENTLowmanKatiePilsen/East Garfield ParkLawndale News; Chicago Reader; Block Club Chicago; Windy City Word; The Voice Newspaper; Austin Talks; Chicago Reader; La Raza; Gozamos; Triibe; Windy City Word; The GazetteKitchen Possible builds empowered mindsets in underserved Chicago kids by teaching them to cook. Through weekly volunteer-run cooking lessons, in partnership with Breakthrough FamilyPlex, we'll work with low-income kids in East Garfield Park to develop their confidence, sense of control, and a make-it-happen attitudes that set them up for success.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ma1OQFfCyo&feature=youtu.be
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L.E.A.R.N (Lead Excel Accomplish Recognize Nourish$5,000EDUCATION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENTStampsDanaEnglewood/West EnglewoodAuburn Gresham Portal; Block Club Chicago; Chicago Reporter; Chicago Crusader; Englewood Portal; Hyde Park Herald; Triibe; Bean Soup Times; Black Youth Project; Chicago Talks; Redeye; Streetwise; Chalkbeat ChicagoBreaking the Chains is proposing the LEARN Project where we will conduct 2 Life Skill Summits one in Englewood and one in West Englewood during September and October targeting 150 youth ranging from 7th through 12th grade. Each summit will consist of a 1-day workshop where students will have a multitude of breakout sessions consisting of resume writing, interviewing 101, financial literacy, and more; These sessions will include topics from Breaking the Chains curriculum along with topics from local partnering community organizations such as Kids First Chicago and more. Sessions will be organized to include topics where youth will walk away with skills that will impact them and prepare them for jobs and college. There will be a wrap up session at the end of the summits, youth will come together in small focus groups to discuss the sessions and provide feedback for steps moving forward and complete an end of summit evaluation. The wrap up sessions will give the opportunity to hear from the youth about what are some of their concerns and needs as it relates to being engaged in their education. The evaluations will be used to enhance the curriculum that will be implemented in CPS, Charter schools, and youth organizations for disadvantaged youth.https://youtu.be/9AAz4DOnqME
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More Than Just a Backpack$5,000EDUCATION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENTAjiginniShalomRogers ParkUptown Update; Gate; Chicago Defender; Block Club Chicago: Contratiempo: Gozamos; Third Coast Review; Streetwise; Chicago Reader; Lakeview Newspaper; Chalkbeat ChicagoWe want to motivate homeless children at Good News Partners in Rogers Park to have pride in their work by having them earn $50 by doing chores at the shelter. This can be cleaning the bathroom, helping the younger kids with homework, doing laundry, etc. When they've earned, Monster Education Foundation will take them shopping at Target in July to go pick backpacks and school supplies to keep. Part 2 of this project is: We created an incentive program for kids to get good grades. We will partner with More Than Scores and Tests- a great tutoring company- to help lead a workshop for kids to set personal academic goals. (C students can shoot for a B. B students can shoot for an A) When kids earn these goals on their report card, we will have the shelter's director reward the kids with $10 or $20 gift cards. That way, students can have the ability to purchase their school supplies the following year. With the Acting Up Award Money, we believe we can impact more than just the kids at one shelter but spread this project to several other shelters as well.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DYL8Aws4ZU&t=9s
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NP Showcase$5,000MEDIA AND AWARENESSBaileyRochesterCook CountyNP Showcase will highlight the great work of 30 non-profits and showcase the segments on television and the internet.https://youtu.be/RtnQsFAvKNs
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Opening Doors to Change$5,000COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTHerediaCarlosChicago LawnLawndale News; Reflejos; RedEye; Chicago Block Club; La Raza; Gozamos; Cicero Life; Chicago Voz; Chicago Lawn Portal; To increase community engagement among immigrants in Chicago Lawn in areas of public safety, education and immigration through ten informational presentations and workshops at schools, churches and other public spaces. Visual and print materials will be distributed to increase their understanding of police and school functions to improve their community.https://youtu.be/OmmxpNZfJMw
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Operation Warm and Healthy$5,000HEALTHLalleyRichWill CountyOperation Warm and Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness will pilot “Operation Warm & Healthy.” This new program connects disadvantaged families in Joliet with a local health clinic by gifting brand new winter coats to families who visit the clinic in October, leading to better health outcomes for these families.https://youtu.be/YReN0xyGjy8
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Self-Care On the Table$5,000HEALTHHubbardFeneshaAuburn-GreshamAuburn Gresham Portal; Block Club Chicago; Chicago Reporter; Chicago Crusader; Englewood Portal; Hyde Park Herald; Triibe; Bean Soup Times; Black Youth Project; Host a series of self-care mini-retreat experiences to increase the capacity of a goal-focused advisory group of African American school principals and parent leaders who are part of the AG GOLD initiative of the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation (GADC, fiscal sponsor EIN to be provided)https://youtu.be/kR08wtucRTo
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South Side VR Kids #ChiTrustActingUp$5,000EDUCATION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENTWillisGarySouth SideAuburn Gresham Portal; Block Club Chicago; Chicago Reporter; Chicago Crusader; Englewood Portal; Hyde Park Herald; Triibe; Chicago Talks; Bean Soup Times; Black Youth Project; Chicago Reader; Streetwise;South Side VR Kids will give youth the opportunity to learn more about all aspects of virtual reality in a safe space.https://youtu.be/9qygqDq-jkY
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Stronger Together Youth Summit and Mentoring Fair$5,000EDUCATION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENTTrimuelJamilaOaklandAuburn Gresham Portal; Block Club Chicago; Chicago Reporter; Chicago Crusader; Englewood Portal; Hyde Park Herald; Triibe; Chicago Talks; Bean Soup Times; Black Youth Project; Chicago Reader; Streetwise;Stronger Together Youth Summit and Mentoring Fair will convene at least 75 girls of color in high-school from across the city of Chicago. They will discuss topics such as how to be a good friend, how to use social media properly, how to develop their leadership skills, and they have direct access to local role models and mentoring organizations.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0sHlSOyDNw&app=desktop
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Taking Pride in the South Side$5,000ARTS AND CULTUREWoodley-PennMarvinettaSouth SideAuburn Gresham Portal; Block Club Chicago; Chicago Reporter; Chicago Crusader; Englewood Portal; Hyde Park Herald; Triibe; Chicago Talks; Bean Soup Times; Black Youth Project; Chicago Reader; Streetwise;20 youth will engage 100 residents to get their "What do you love about the South Side stories. They will create a video to advertise South Side in a positive light. The culminating event will be a block club party where all video participants, the alderman and business reps will come together to celebrate and view the video. Global Girls has a CAN TV show over the summer and will publicize the initiative in the weekly show as well as in our school and senior group partners.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vr-J-m19ZXc
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Tales from the Table: Connecting through Food$5,000EDUCATION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENTJulionKendraEnglewood/Bronzeville/Hyde ParkAuburn Gresham Portal; Block Club Chicago; Chicago Reporter; Chicago Crusader; Englewood Portal; Hyde Park Herald; Triibe; Chicago Talks; Bean Soup Times; Black Youth Project; Chicago Reader; The GazetteThrough distinct projects in Englewood, Bronzeville, and Hyde Park – each tailored to the neighborhood’s unique strengths/needs - Pilot Light will use food as a vehicle to connect neighbors and solve community problems. Schools will serve as hubs for community wellness activities including healthy meal assembly, cooking classes, and community gardens.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ku4-Boj60ZY
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Teacher 2 Teacher Creative Reuse Workshops$5,000EDUCATION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENTKoenenBarbaraCity of ChicagoThe Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange is creating a cohort of Chicago teachers who use creative reuse in the classroom and setting up a workshop series for them to teach other teachers their techniques. Creative reuse reimagines surplus - the materials and supplies that businesses discard can be often be used by teachers in the classroom. The goal is to inspire teachers to empower their students to be creative problem solvers using materials at hand. They will demonstrate environmental stewardship, make connections with donating businesses, and make connections between teachers and each other.https://youtu.be/jsC2H7rpalc
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Word Play Way 2.0$5,000COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTHaaslClaireNorth LawndaleNorth Lawndale Community News; Austin Talks, Lawndale News; Chicago Reader; Block Club Chicago; Windy City Word; The Voice Newspaper; Triibe; Austin Voice; Austin Weekly News; Bean Soup Times; Black Youth Project; Windy City WordWord Play Way 2.0 is a giant word search that will contain a community driven site-specific poem painted on the sidewalk in Douglas Park, and a website that will provide programming ideas and related curricula to help promote literacy, community engagement, and poetry as a form of creative expression.https://youtu.be/hKYOFqbL63Q
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Youth Advocates in Austin$5,000HEALTHMihalekJeannetteAustinAustin Talks, Lawndale News; Chicago Reader; Block Club Chicago; Windy City Word; The Voice Newspaper;Triibe; Austin Voice; Austin Weekly News; Bean Soup Times; Black Youth Project; North Lawndale Community News; Windy City WordYouth Advocates in Austin will foster dialogue among youth in Austin on the health issues affecting them and their peers. Youth will identify their most pressing concerns and create policy recommendations, while receiving advocacy training, in preparation for a presentation of their recommendations to local and state policymakers.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO9LQzwLCqQ
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