Jodi Miller, City of Freeport discusses a new day, new vision and new hope as newly elected mayor. This leadership is very focused on public safety and cleaning up neighborhoods. There are many initiatives to improve the quality of life.
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Marklund is a nonprofit organization that serves infants, children, teens and adults with serious and profound developmental disabilities and special healthcare needs. Comcast volunteers showed their support by painting, building planter boxes, fixing up resident bedrooms, and general cleaning at the facility.
On Saturday, April 21, 2018, members of the Fuller Park community, Comcast employees, and people from all over Chicago came together to perform a day of service to transform and uplift Tilden Career Community Academy High School in the Fuller Park neighborhood through physical service. In 2012, Tilden entered turnaround in order to provide a stronger school environment for their students. No longer in turnaround, Tilden is now a Convergence Academy. In partnership with Columbia College, Tilden has integrated digital media into teaching and learning, in order to give students a chance to Create, Consume, and Connect.
Volunteers participated in service projects that engender school pride, inspire student success outside of the classroom and after graduation, and made Tilden a more positive social environment for students.
What happens in Springfield affects cities and towns at the local level. The recent rise in property taxes has not funded education which needs to be done. Consolidating local pension funds will aid tremendously in relieving our states costs.
The state of Illinois needs to put together a budget, something that can be planned around. Illinois students are leaving our state to attend colleges outside of Illinois. Illinois education need to be more competitive to keep students in the state.
Illinois is hostile to existing and new businesses. With special fees, including workers comp & minimum wage increases, business can't stay open in Chicago. Illinois needs to change the Medicaid state pension and put caps on pensions.
BBF Family Services improves the quality of life for North Lawndale youth and their families by providing safe, stable and nurturing experiences that enhance their emotional, social, academic and career development. Rufus Williams, President and CEO at BBF Family Services believes that the children and families of North Lawndale should have access to all opportunities. A person's zip code should not dictate their access to great schools, employment, healthcare, programs or services. He discusses how BBF Family Services is working to provide health equity to North Lawndale families by working on the national, local and community levels.
Imran Khan, Embarc discusses many low income youth never venture out of their neighborhood & have little access to success. In a partnership with 18 schools 10,000 experiences given, they have turned the city into a classroom.