Category: Organizations

Meet Your Neighbor: COOP Careers

Meet Your Neighbor: COOP Careers
(Special thanks to Kalani Leifer for his time and insight) On September 15th, COOP Careers launched their inaugural cohort of first-generation and low-income college students in Chicago after launching similar programs in Los Angeles and New York. Recently, I had the chance to speak with Kalani Leifer, Founder and CEO of COOP Careers, to learn... Read more »

Surviving the Metra Lollapalooza COVID Express

Lollapalooza officially ends today, and I am personally grateful for a variety of reasons. After all, I was around when Lollapalooza started as a touring show that was merely corporate-sponsored pandering led by a spoiled, entitled musician whose then-latest hit served as a paean to shoplifting. However, coming home from a friend’s showing at the... Read more »

Sunshine Enterprises: New Initiatives Coming Fall 2021

Sunshine Enterprises: New Initiatives Coming Fall 2021
Located in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood, Sunshine Enterprises has a long history of driving entrepreneurship and small business development through its own cohorts as well as selected partnerships. Having graduated 1,000 new entrepreneurs through its primary program, Sunshine Enterprises is launching two new initiatives to foster further entrepreneurial activity throughout various communities in Chicago. Photo by... Read more »
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Raks Geek: Celebrating Pride Month With Two Events

Raks Geek: Celebrating Pride Month With Two Events
As Chicago prepares for reopening, Raks Geek is hoping to reengage their audience with a series of online and offline shows. Led by director Dawn Xiana Moon, the performance troupe is hoping to not only celebrate Pride Month (several members are from the LGTBQ community), but also begin to hold events that ensure the safety... Read more »

Celebrating Black History Month 2021 in Chicago

Celebrating Black History Month 2021 in Chicago
Over the years, this blog has covered organizations, businesses, and individuals working in Chicago’s black community towards social change. In the spirit of Black History Month, we’re highlighting posts around community-based social change agents. We’re also very enthusiastic about recent news concerning research into digital divide issues on Chicago’s south and west sides. So join... Read more »

Raks Inferno Online Fundraiser for Fair Fight on November 27

Raks Inferno 1127 Fundraiser
Late in October, we stated that voting on election day would not be the end of our current turmoil. Two Senate seats in Georgia have led to runoff elections, and now the Trump campaign is demanding another recount. With voter suppression efforts against marginalized communities in the United States, many seek On November 27th, you have the... Read more »
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Remote Work Trends in Chicago Business & Technology

Remote Work Trends in Chicago Business & Technology
(Special thanks to Matt Mead of SPR Consulting for his time and insight) Many full-time workers and freelancers are adjusting to remote work in the wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic. However, many companies have had to rapidly shift towards remote work policies with varying results. Given Chicago’s thriving technology and business communities, we wanted... Read more »

Above the Waves: Improving Student Mental Health Through Technology

Above the Waves: Improving Student Mental Health Through Technology
(Special thanks to Ryan Hesslau of Above the Waves for his time and insight) Even before the current COVID-19 pandemic, high school and college students have many issues connecting with mental health services. Despite current statistics around youth and adolescent mental health issues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Mental... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Ladder Up & Get My Payment Illinois Coalition

Meet Your Neighbor: Ladder Up & Get My Payment Illinois Coalition
Despite reports of a possible second round of Economic Impact Payments, many Illinois residents have not even received their first payment. Although $266 billion has been paid out to 158 million households, many individuals who need financial help in the wake of COVID-19 have been unable to access stimulus payments. Recently, we spoke with Christine... Read more »
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EVENT: Raks Inferno 6/26 Fundraiser for Lighthouse Foundation

Kamrah - Photo by Peter Serocki
(Special thanks to Dawn Xiana Moon of Raks Geek for her efforts and her contribution to this post). This past week, I posted my interview with Karlyn Meyer of Lighthouse Foundation focusing on their work with the black LGTBQ+ community in Chicago. Although I briefly mentioned an upcoming fundraiser, I wanted to provide more information.... Read more »