Tag: Community Groups

ArtReach Hosts 5-Alarm Chili Cook-Off Oct. 23rd


Join ArtReach for the first annual Chili Cook-off to support youth programming at the Firehouse. Chicago chefs will put their tried-and-true recipes to the test for guest judges and a grand prize. Admission includes tastings of several delicious chilis, a one-of-a-kind handmade bowl, beer, musical entertainment and glass and ceramic demos – not to mention great company and a great cause!

The Firehouse Art Studio, located at 1123 W. Roosevelt Road,  is a collaborative community art space shared by Art Reach and Firehouse Glass Studio that brings fire-based art programming, from ceramics to glass blowing, to residents of all ages and abilities. A full 100 percent of ticket and raffle proceeds will support after school programming at the Firehouse, which benefit local Chicago Public School students.

To purchase event tickets, or to join the cook-off competition, please see our entry requirements here: http://www.artreachchicago.org/CHILICOOK-OFFENTRYFORM.pdf

For questions about ArtReach, please contact the organization at 773-907-0841

Enrollment Open For Youth Leadership Program

Asian Youth Leadership ProgramDo you know any high-school students? Encourage them to enroll into the Youth Leadership Program at the Asian American Business Expo to be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 10th, at UIC Forum.

The Youth Leadership Program is a full-day interactive training program designed to equip our high-school youths with skills to succeed in college and life.

Facilitated by leading business professionals as well as leaders from OCA National, the Youth Leadership Program offers students the following benefits:

  • Developing leadership skills
  • Gaining awareness of social justice issues
  • Having an understanding of why it is important to advocate
  • A recommendation letter

Program Schedule

8 AM – Report to the Registration Booth. Breakfast provided.

8:30 AM – Volunteer at the Registration Booth.

9:30 AM – Be recognized on stage during the Opening Ceremony.

10 AM – Attend the panel discussion on “The Making of An Asian-American Leader”

11 AM – Volunteer at the Lunch Station.

12 PM – Participate in the Youth Leadership Forum, facilitated by OCA National. Lunch provided.

  • Participate in an interactive program designed to develop responsible habits in personal financial management, career planning, and leadership-driven community engagement.
  • Get a practical training on resume preparation and basic knowledge of good financial habits.
  • E ngage in robust discussions about the implications of individual behavior on the community.

3 PM – Volunteer to close the event.

Upon completion of the Youth Leadership Program, students will receive an official certificate from the Asian American Business Expo, certifying the students’ volunteering, community service and leadership hours.

Register now for the Youth Leadership Program. (Call Shelly at 312-233-2810 with any questions.)

C4C celebrates Community Day at UIC

C4C basketball game night

Connecting4Communites– Community Day: (Pictured L-R):  UIC mascot Sparky D. Dragon with C4C Executive Director Dennis O’Neill, University Village resident Mary Vega, and C4C Director of Community Outreach Nancy Plax. Vega was recently honored at the annual UIC-C4C Community Basketball game day for all the work she has done toward the betterment of the neighborhood.

Connecting 4 Communities (C4C) is a community organization in Chicago joining and representing four sub-communities – Little Italy, University Village & Commons, Roosevelt Square & Brooks Homes, and Tri-Taylor with a service area bounded by Western Avenue to the west, the Dan Ryan Expressway to the east, the Eisenhower Expressway to the north, and 16th Street to the south.

The C4C mission is to build a vibrant and effective community by offering an organizing vehicle to connect people of like minds together who want to have a positive impact on issues of mutual concern.

C4C is an “organizing vehicle” created by and for community members focusing on the improvement of public education in the community and ensuring that Roosevelt Square–one of the nation’s largest, most incomplete redevelopments of federal public housing–is developed effectively.

PLEASE keep up to date on important issues and happenings that C4C is working on and supporting. You can sign up for the organization’s e-newsletter at www.connecting4communities.org