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In full circle moment, former inmate-turned beekeeper starts program to teach beekeeping at Cook County Dept. of Corrections

On May 3rd, 2019,  former inmate and co-founder of the apiary services company Westside Bee Boyz Thad Smith returned to the Cook County Department of Corrections where he was incarcerated to kickoff a new beekeeping program.

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Chicago transplant raising funds for coworking art studio in North Lawndale

After years of creative advertising work, Jessica Willis started her own blog “Swaggerless” and began highlighting artists’ work from around the world. She soon felt unfulfilled, not seeing tangible results from her work, and decided to organize a pop-up art show in Los Angeles that quickly outgrew her expectations.

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Youth Peace Summit encourages city’s youth to take a step toward their future together

Earlier this month, teens from across the city of Chicago came out to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in the Lincoln Park neighborhood for UCAN’s fourth annual Youth Peace Summit. The daylong event held four peer-led workshops, which paved the way for conversations on diversity, mental health and leadership.

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Punches on Purpose: How Boxing is changing lives of kids in the west side of Chicago

The Bloc, a non-profit youth boxing club in North Lawndale, pairs mentorship with training in boxing for kids on the West Side of Chicago. Launched by Jamyle Cannon, the program offers a safe place for kids to go after school to do homework, learn discipline, and maximize their potential. Modeled after its success at DRW, the Bloc is now in the process of starting two new programs at Frazier Preparatory Academy and the KIPP One Academy.

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You reap what you sow at New Horizons Garden

According to Rev. Celeste Groff, gardening is good for the body. A pastor at North Lawndale’s Chicago First Church of Brethren and caretaker of New Horizons Community Garden, she knows firsthand that the key to growth involves care. Especially for Groff, gardening is not just about reaping the benefits of fruits and vegetables.

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Curvy Chick Yoga spotlights self-care by building strong minds and bodies

Facing constant battles with mental health, Angelica Lewis, a resident of North Lawndale, turned to her yoga mat to find inner peace and balance. She began visiting area yoga studios, but while there, she often found herself displaced. Lewis said she’s a curvier woman, and most classes or instructors weren’t considerate of her body’s needs.

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