Community Involvement : 2019
‘I Choose’ Campaign
Building off of the success of the ‘Five Fast Facts’ campaign, and through my work with the North River Commission Education committee, the ‘I Choose’ campaign officially debuted. This social media campaign highlights why teachers, parents, and students choose to support and attend neighborhood schools. On Tuesday, March 19, we began this campaign by highlighting Palmer Elementary.
Friends of the Chicago River
On, Saturday, March 2, I was delighted to volunteer at the 2019 Chicago River Student Congress hosted at Von Steuben Metro Science Center. This event is largely described as a “conference for kids” to celebrate the Chicago River. Students gather to share knowledge, lead workshops, and learn from professionals and governmental agencies. It was truly inspiring to see how engaged students were about the present and future conditions of the Chicago River.
On February 7, I attended the 33rd Ward Aldermanic Forum at Bateman Elementary. One of the candidates spoke about the need for our schools to be community centers.
I found this surprising because:
Roosevelt High School is a food spot in the summer months, providing lunch options for folks who otherwise wouldn't eat.
There are Friends Of groups coming together to support public schools across the ward, like Friends of Hibbard Elementary School, Friends of Roosevelt High School, Bateman Boosters, and Committed to Cleveland.
Businesses like Lena Rose Natural Beauty and Nighthawk Chicago rally behind any and all school causes and initiatives.
We have the 33rd Ward Youth Council (I am proudly with some of the members in the photo below), a diverse group of young people from schools across the ward, civically engaged in community-wide conversations.
Our schools are community centers with far-reaching community support. Of course we can always do more, but this work is already happening. You just have to show up.
Feb 2019 Green Space Meeting
As a member of the LSC at Albany Park Multicultural Academy, I attended a community meeting on February 6 about transforming the campus Albany Park Multicultural Academy, William G. Hibbard Elementary and Edison Regional Gifted Center into a beautiful green space. Investments like this not only improve the student experience at these three great schools, but it is a great investment in the community.
Want to learn more about this project? Check out Block Club Chicago’s article covering the proposal!
On February 5, I attended the North River Commission Chicago Communities Mayoral Forum and represented both 2nd Story and the Friends of Roosevelt High School during the candidate reception. While many of the candidate spoke about increasing career options and technical training for high school students, at Roosevelt High School we are already doing this work.
Jan 2019 AP Chamber of Commerce
On January 31, I was delighted to brave the cold and venture out to Twisted Hippo for the Albany Park Chamber of Commerce meeting. These events, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, are incredible opportunities to build the bonds among nonprofit leaders and small business owners across Albany Park.
JAN 2019 NRC Education Committee
On January 17, the North River Commission Education Committee hosted a Friends of Meet and Greet at Nighthawk Chicago. In attendance were representatives from six Friends of Groups and three neighborhood organizations. I am especially proud of events like these because they feed multiple birds with few seeds: they promote economic development by supporting a local business and they foster meaningful relationships among education advocates across the 33rd, 35th, and 39th Wards.