David Byrd, Destination Destiny discusses Destination Destiny has a goal of changing the narrative for south side students by creating ladders to economic mobility. Their work with at risk youth includes leadership building mentoring.
The newly redeveloped Theater on the Lake complex boasts The Lakefront Restaurant & the Skyline Patio, available for private rentals & public events. This new venue is a collaboration partnership with Lakefront Hospitality Group & the Chicago Park Dist.
10% of the population has one of two types of diabetes. Type 2 grows during your life and is mostly based on diet. Diabetes Food Hub is a website where people can find guidance and healthy recipes for help planning their diet.
Fresh food & diet affects children's learning & behavior. Providing gardening education & maintenance to over 23,000 students this year, schools also enjoy their fresh bounty. The Annual gala in September will help to continue to grow
Girls, ages 9-18 can become confident leaders in their communities. Ladies of Virtue matches participants with highly successful mentors and prepares them for leadership through college readiness and career preparation.
"Founder/President of Greenwood Project, Mr. Bevon Joseph, discusses his organization's mission to introduce minority youth to the financial industry. In less than 2 years, Greenwood Project has introduced approximately 150 academically talented students from under resourced communities in Chicago to the financial industry, via paid summer internships, lunch and learn sessions, and a Women of Wall Street speaking series.
Mr. Joseph's ultimate goal is to build a true diversity pipeline for minority students to enter the financial industry. From his own personal experience over 19 years in the financial industry, Mr. Joseph realized that sometimes you need someone on the inside to open the door for you. Greenwood Project scholars are already being considered for jobs in the industry. This means that the Greenwood model works.
Greenwood Project has partnered with 20 financial firms (which includes all the major NY and Chicago exchanges), and 3 technology firms so far. In their second summer, they've tripled the number of students in paid summer internships from 5 to 15, and they are positioned to place 30 next summer.
Talent isn't the problem, a lack of opportunity and exposure is. If we invest the time to expose our youth to what's possible, they will succeed. They simply can't be what they can't see."
Joy Squier, Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois discusses preventing house fires. The Red Cross responds to 3-4 house fires a day in the Chicago area and will be installing 100,000 smoke alarms across the country.