If you’ve ever taken a stroll through a Chicago neighborhood park, you may have noticed small patches of plant and soil with wood built around it; a “mini garden.” These mini gardens are actually called “pop-up victory gardens” and have been sprouting all over Chicago as part of a large project called “Peterson Garden Project”.
Imagine. Chicago’s most focused organizations committed to youth development; libraries, museums, advocacy groups, after-school programs, all coming together as one to create a large network of connection.
Like a giant beehive, Hive Chicago created just that, consisting of a staggering 84 different organizations to create the most accessible opportunities for youth to pursue their dreams.
In a study conducted by Williams Institute, shocking statistics appeared. About forty percent of the Chicago LGBT youth community were homeless. For many of these young teens, running away from home deemed to be the only option. Many would also be sexually, emotionally, and physically abused for coming out to their friends and family. It becomes systemic oppression at its finest and the tipping point for these youth. The streets become safer than their own homes.
Tourette Syndrome is a disorder that involves involuntary repetitive movements, also known as “tics.” “The massive misconception of this disorder is that “all people with Tourette’s swear, which is not true. They’re just ordinary people,” said Scott Loeff, President of Tourette Syndrome Camp. This was a driving force for Scott to create this camp, to diminish negative stereotypes and show that people with TS are just like any other human being.