Mary Santana, The Miracle Center discusses how they use the Arts as a catalyst for personal growth, leadership development, academic advancement and community engagement. This program instills confidence & stimulates social change.
Hosted by: Paul LisnekProduced by: Greater Chicago Newsmakers Team
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.
Eric Fulcomer, Rockford University discusses how their small school allows for 1 on 1 work with students & professors. With new buildings, new majors & travel abroad, students should look at the high academic standards at Rockford University.
Jerry Smith, City of DeKalb discusses the biggest economic driver in DeKalb is Northern Illinois University & Freshman enrollment has spiked this year. There is a lot of progress in economic development on the west side & also downtown.
Mike Schablaske, Transform Rockford discusses their hopes to make the region a top 5 community by 2025. Transform Rockford wants to grow industry currently in Rockford & bring in new business and manufacturing.