Stories

Call to Action: Grow Your Own Illinois

Students come from numerous social backgrounds, each with their different world views, circumstances and needs. Therefore, teachers need to be prepared to handle that variety of world views. Grow Your Own Illinois, or GYO, understands the necessity for teachers to not...

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Changing children’s lives through dancing

How great would it be if the world was one big “Step Up” movie, where all conflicts can be resolved through dancing your feelings away? You’re right, it would be amazing! Thanks to one non-profit, this idea is not so far-fetched to many young people in Chicago....

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Rhea Mahanta and The Peacebuilding Project

While it is easy to get caught up in the current political climate, there are individuals who rise up and push to enact change. Rhea Mahanta is one of those individuals. Mahanta, a graduate student at the University of Chicago currently pursuing her master’s degree in...

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CPSchools’ Professionals Series

The CPSchools’ Professionals Series is a collection of experiences lived and relayed by teachers and education professionals who work in Chicago public schools. Here, teachers, guidance counselors, specialists, coaches, administration, and other professionals in CPS...

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Students in Chicago Take to the Gardens

It’s officially gardening season, and all around the city, Chicagoans are out tending to their plants.  We all know the benefits of gardening: getting outside, engaging in moderate physical exercise, and, of course, growing your own veggies.  Through the...

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awakenings

Pablo Picasso. Vincent van Gogh. Frida Kahlo. Three of the most renowned painters of all time transformed years, and decades, of pain into the most iconic paintings in history. In Chicago, Awakenings encourages their artists to do the same. Awakenings empowers...

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Game-Changing Mentoring

Being a mentor can be incredibly rewarding on both ends, but as many professionals know, time is a valuable commodity.  Spark, a career exploration and self-discovery program that brings middle-schoolers to local companies and organizations, has found a way to combat...

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Chicago Students Take Action to Promote Change

Between its beaches, museums, restaurants, and malls, there's no shortage of attractions that Chicago has to offer college students. But what can these students offer Chicago? The People's Lobby is a grassroots movement focused on fighting structural inequalities by...

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