Chase Challenge, Youth Shout Out, and GIC in the news
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May #2 2015
Ardamis Sims (YAB), Dr. Toni Irving, Lavell Rogers (YAB), and Arnold Young (YAB)

Chase Challenge 2015

25,000 Superheroes Strong for GIC!

For the third year in a row, Get IN Chicago was proud to be the beneficiary of the Chicago JPMorgan Chase Challenge!  More than 25,000 runners and walkers representing nearly 650 companies joined us for a beautiful evening in Grant Park on Thursday, May 21.  The GIC team tent had a prime location next to the stage, and guests who stopped by learned about our mission and work.  Team members handed out hundreds of superhero capes to propel participants in the race, and Youth Advisory Board member Lavell took photos of more than 60 people with our superhero cut-out.  Before the race, GIC Executive Director Toni Irving and Board Chairman Tom Wilson thanked the masses for running to save youth lives across Chicago and, with GIC Youth Advisory Board members, sent the runners off.  YAB members were also on hand to hold the finish line as male and female race champions Brandon Mull and Katelyn Draths broke through.  For Team GIC, Captain George Letavish crossed the finish line first with a time of 24:51, and Mara Wilson led the GIC women with a time of 28:07.  In addition to proceeds from the event, JPMorgan Chase  contributed donations in honor of the T-shirt contest champions, GrubHub and Weber Stephen Products.  Thanks to everyone for a fantastic night, and a special thanks to Edelman for their assistance in coordinating, decorating, and co-leading the team!

A few of the many GIC heroes - including Terry Mazany preparing to fly!
Be sure to check our Chase Challenge 2015 Facebook album for more photos from the event!  Full Chase Challenge results available here.
YAB member Brianna Hyatt shows the gravitytank team around her Humboldt Park neighborhood

Celebrate Innovation with GIC on June 4th!

In conjunction with the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the MacArthur Foundation, we will formally announce the winner of our Chicago Design Competition on June 4th.  We can't wait to reveal which innovative project blew away our selection committee and start its implementation.    

Later that day, join us at the Museum of Science and Industry for our 
Youth Shout Out!  For the past six weeks, local youth (including members of our YAB) have been working with gravitytankAllstate, and The Chicago Community Trust to design youth-led solutions to violence in their communities.  After research, neighborhood tours, interviews, and brainstorming, they developed a few amazing ideas – and they are ready to share them with the public. Join us and hear about their proposals!  

You can RSVP for yourself and a guest by Tuesday, June 2nd on the Youth Shout Out event page

Scenes from Youth Voices discussions in North Lawndale and Englewood

On the Table 2015: Youth Voices

GIC teamed up with Leadership Greater Chicago to bring youth voices to The Chicago Community Trust’s On the Table 2015.  With guidance from Leadership Greater Chicago fellows, YAB members facilitated conversations about generosity in Austin, Englewood, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale, South Shore, and Woodlawn.   More than 50 youth participated in the discussions, and their feedback included everything from requests to the mayor to plans to visit homeless shelters.  

Call-Out for Instructors and Tech Students!
Smart Chicago Collaborative recently kicked off recruitment for their summer venture with GIC – a youth-led tech program for youth in Austin, Englewood, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale, and Roseland!  The project marks GIC’s first investment in job training and workforce development.  Students who enroll in this free program will learn about basic coding, website design, app and game development, and careers in technology.  Feedback from local tech firms and community organizations has been overwhelmingly positive, and we look forward to supporting Smart Chicago with a launch in June!  Applications for potential instructors and prospective students are both available on the Smart Chicago website - please forward to anyone who may be interested.
Listen to our interview about youth-led tech on WBEZ:
Summer tech program will introduce South and West Sides kids to coding
Sights and Sounds from the Police/Youth Baseball League
"The new league’s organizers have somewhat miraculously signed up more than one hundred enthusiastic children to play baseball in a neighborhood where basketball and football reign supreme."
http://southsideweekly.com/out-of-their-league/
Click on the images below for video!
Spring Training
A glance at baseball practice with the Englewood Police/Youth Baseball League.
FOX 32 Interview
Dr. Irving discusses reducing violence with Teamwork Englewood's Perry Gunn.
Parent Voices
Hear why one Englewood mother chose to register her kids for the baseball league.
Accolades
Congratulations, Mr. President!
Board Member Isiah Thomas was recently named President of the New York Liberty.  Isiah will preside over both basketball and business operations for the WNBA team. 

Congratulations, Dr. Reynolds!
Board Member Jim Reynolds was recently awarded an honorary doctorate degree from St. Xavier University.   

 
Save the Dates
Thursday 6/4Answering the Call to Civic Leadership Breakfast with Jim Reynolds and Tom Wilson

- Thursday 6/4: Chicago Design Competition announcement and press briefing

- Thursday 6/4: Youth Shout Out event at the Museum of Science and Industry

Saturday 6/6: EPYBL Chicago White Sox Outing


 


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