The Martanisha Robinson Arts & Activism Award is Now Available!!
Your Support, Contributions or Sponsorship will help us to realize our Goals for the coming Year and for that there is NO amount of thanks that can be given.
We appreciate your Partnership and look forward staying connected with Updates and Milestones.
When we decided we wanted to help students just like us who were about to enter into what we only imagined might be one of the most financially and mentally stressful times of their lives we had no idea how many supporters, cheerleaders, or mentors that would emerge to assist us. We are eternally grateful for it all.
Thanks to YOU, we DID IT!!
Please consider joining us as we celebrate this milestone in the Safe & Sound journey, acknowledge this slice of Black History and recognize the excellence in the young people headed towards their post high-school experiences.
2018 National Council of Negro Women's Breakfast of Honorees Community Leadership Award Recipients
"There are thousands of hyperlocal leaders and organizations in Chicago working to combat systemic inequities every day. Embedded in communities, these leaders and organizations serve neighbors and neighborhoods and are adaptable to meet local needs as they evolve.
Chicago Beyond launched the Rapid Response Fund to support these efforts and their leaders. We wanted to shine a spotlight on their incredible work and simultaneously acknowledge the critical nature of their efforts happening across a broad spectrum of organization sizes and types.
The unrestricted nature of the fund gives organizations the flexibility to do what they deem most critical and impactful for young people, families, and their communities. More than 25 hyperlocal organizations and individuals have received unrestricted funding to support their vital work responding to a variety of opportunities and needs, offering relationships of care, engaging in mutual aid, providing emergency food, supplies, academic and arts enrichment and employment, organizing community events, and contributing to wellbeing and joy.
Leading up to the creation of the Rapid Response Fund, it was evident that there was an abundance of Black and Brown community leaders shaping community responses to the moment but reaching them called for deep community ties and trust. To shape what was important to fund and reach these leaders, Chicago Beyond was advised by a People’s Assembly – a group made up of committed Chicagoans who offered ideas, advice, and suggestions on individuals doing invaluable block-by-block work in their communities that often go unnoticed and unfunded. The People’s Assembly played a crucial role in recommending organizations that received funds as a part of this initiative."
Leading up to the creation of the Rapid Response Fund, it was evident that there was an abundance of Black and Brown community leaders shaping community responses to the moment but reaching them called for deep community ties and trust.
We are focused on helping make the world around us a better, happier place. With the help of our tireless team, we organize volunteer outings and fundraisers for our most heart-felt causes, host community-building events, facilitate talking circles and both lead and participate in-depth training sessions for our team, volunteers and community.
Our themed Poetry Cafes create safe spaces and give voice to youth from across the city to speak on topics that directly affect not just the lives of young people but touch issues affecting people of all ages and walks of life. Original Spoken Word, Singing, Rap, Dance, Art, Photography and all become mediums of liberating expression and inclusion.
Whether you've helped through monetary donations, volunteering your time, energy, talents or gifts, or helping to spread our mission through word-of-mouth, social media or email - THANK YOU!
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