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The Strong Futures Employment Program

Strong Futures is a workforce initiative that is aimed at providing stability to opportunity youth, severely disconnected youth, and/or justice-involved youth by providing connection to full-time employment and employment retention.

Public Invited to Dan Ryan Woods Celebration

The public is invited to join Forest Preserves of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Commissioners Stanley Moore and John P. Daley, Forest Preserves General Superintendent Arnold Randall and partners on Wednesday, July 31 at 9:30 a.m. to celebrate the new Dan Ryan Woods Nature Play area and other outdoor recreation amenities.

5 Effective Tips to Use Social Media Optimization for Higher Visibility

For most advertisers, when you hear “optimization”, you’re in all probability slanted to consider SEO and the details that accompany it. Nonetheless, at its center, the thought behind optimizing is actually very straightforward: It’s making the best of anything.

Mayor Lightfoot Wraps Up Community Listening Tour to Form Partnerships and Learn About Key Neighborhood Priorities

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today joined the One Chicago for All Alliance to wrap up a six-part “community listening tour” that the mayor participated in throughout Chicago from April to June.

100&Change, Lever for Change

Cecilia Conrad, Managing Director of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s  Awards and Fellows Program, and CEO of Lever for Change, and Cindy Moelis, President of the Pritzker Traubert Foundation, will be guests on the Nonprofit Utopia Podcast on Monday, July 8, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. CST. The Nonprofit Utopia Podcast is an extension of the online community, and provides a forum in which nonprofit stakeholders can discuss the latest developments in the sector and increase their capacity to serve their clients and build sustainable communities. Valerie F. Leonard, Founder of Nonprofit Utopia, LLC, is the host. The show will stream live from BlogTalkRadio.com/nonprofitutopia. The archived podcast will be available on BlogTalkRadio iTunes and Stitcher and on the Nonprofit Utopia website.

Passing the Torch through the ARK

Jocelyn Jones is passing on the torch, and the ARK has a new leader effective July 1, 2019. 

50×50: AN EPIC CITY-WIDE THEATRICAL FLASH MOB! Check out Auburn Gresham This Summer!

Free Performances in All 50 Wards of Chicago In One Day. Come check out this youth written plan and help them spread social justice around their idea and spread the love in the community. 

Violence Recovery:  A Very Necessary Healing

After a traumatic experience, in addition to physical healing, there is a need for spiritual and emotional healing.

Auburn Gresham GOLD (AGGOLD) Camp Registration is Open!

School is almost out and it's almost that time again, Auburn Gresham GOLD Summer Camp time! Registration is open. Limited space available so sign up today!

AGGOLD Schools Weather the Storms to Mark the End of Successful After School Programs!

GAGDC's ducation and youth development staff prepared an fun and entertaining culiminating event to mark the end of the after school programming in the AGGOLD schools 2019. 

A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR CHICAGO

As one of the 35 organizations in Mayor Lightfoot’s environment transition Committee, ComEd has helped develop plans for Chicago to respond to the climate crisis by reducing air pollution from the electric and transportation sectors, making infrastructure more resilient to volatile weather and creating jobs and economic opportunities for all communities.

Spanish Coalition for Housing Team Honored for Outstanding Efforts in Education

Annual Mujeres Destacadas Awards Recognize Spanish Coalition for Housing for Their Successes and Dedication to Housing Education in Chicago's Communities.

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Raising the rent: 5 Chicago neighborhoods that will cost you more in 2019

Apartment search website Rent.com culled data to find which Chicago’s neighborhoods (based on inventory from Apartment Guide and Rent.com) have seen the highest one-bedroom rent increases between May 2018 and May 2019.

HFS Student Scholars Win Top Prize for Smart Pathways Prototype

Student Presentations Conclude Inaugural Year of ComEd HFS Scholars

STEM Program & Energy Academy

CHICAGO (June 4, 2019) – The inaugural year of the ComEd HFS Scholars STEM Program and Energy Academy concluded this weekend with student project presentations and an awards ceremony recognizing the top three teams. Students from across a variety of high performing schools around the city were awarded the top prize of $2,000 for their innovative technology concept, Smart Pathways. Smart Pathways was designed to light pathways in a more energy efficient way through motion sensors and light dimming capabilities. The Smart Pathways prototype also included safety features such as movement tracking through its light sensors.

Winning criteria for the student prototypes in the competition included the potential to deliver community benefits related to health, safety, sustainability, connectedness, mobility, efficiency and education.

Winning students, Austin Ayite, Kamron Brown, Bryce Choice and Chris Iwuoha were among the 50 freshman that participated in ComEd’s HFS Scholars STEM Program and Energy Academy, a four-year educational program connecting socioeconomically-disadvantaged high school students to STEM subjects, specifically related to the energy industry. Since its kickoff in December, students have been taking part in an immersive experience, learning the fundamentals of energy, smart city technologies and sustainability, in addition to developing smart grid prototypes with professional engineer mentors.

“While the partnership we’ve built with HFS Chicago Scholars offers its students the unique opportunity to learn about the exciting future of energy, it also grants us the opportunity to learn from these bright students,” said Shay Bahramira, Vice President of Engineering and Smart Grid at Comed. “We look forward to building upon this partnership and to see these freshmen students grow over the course of their high school career, as they all achieved excellence over the past five months.”

Mia Cadichon, Dulce Chavez, Ashley Farinango, Dayanara Orellana, Luz Perez and Amanda Zavala won second place and were awarded $1,250. The team developed a Smart Charger designed to charge phones in a more energy efficient way, as well as reduce overheating and/or exploding phone batteries, by turning off the charger once the phone reaches 100% power.

Saul Garcia, Edgar Mijarez, Leslie Ortega, Israel Ramos and Edgar Valadez placed in third, receiving a prize of $750 for developing a Smart Carbon Dioxide Detector that was designed to improve air quality and emergency response times in regard to carbon dioxide emissions. The prototype included integrating sensors into existing technology to sense the amount of carbon dioxide in the air as well as assist in emergency response by rerouting GPS systems and working with traffic signals to route traffic away from dangerous areas.

“ComEd has been a fantastic partner for over 10 years,” said Mike Kennelly, Founder & Chairman of HFS Chicago Scholars. “They launched this program this year, and it’s been great for our freshmen scholars, learning scientific concepts from ComEd’s scientists and engineers, and how to apply them.  But more than anything, seeing them have a lot of fun along the way.”

Other student prototypes ranged from smart outlets helping reduce excess energy usage to smart canes helping the sight impaired to technology that would use precipitation as an energy source to generate electricity and a water source by filtering the water for home appliance usage.

The HFS Scholars STEM Program and Energy Academy is part of ComEd’s Community of the Future in Bronzeville, a collaborative effort of local residents and ComEd to use smart grid technologies to create a connected, green and resilient community and enhance people’s everyday lives.  Other Community of the Future pilots include a microgrid that enhances the security and resiliency of the electric system; an electric vehicle transportation service for seniors; a community energy storage pilot; off-grid renewable lighting structures; and sensor-based technologies that are being piloted with nearby Illinois Tech. The Community of the Future also features STEM education programs for Bronzeville and Chicago-area high school students, who are applying microprocessor technology to design solutions that address community needs and enhance quality of life.

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Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 4 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit ComEd.com, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

Spring "Health Fair on the Block," A Good Dose of Community Resources
Big  THANK YOU to all the vendors that attended the Auburn Gresham Health Fair. We looking forward to seeing you in the Fall. Save the date, October 4, 2019. Click on Picture to see Photos of Auburn Gresham Spring "Health Fair on the Block" 2019. 
MAYOR LIGHTFOOT LAUNCHES "OUR CITY. OUR SAFETY." INITIATIVE TO PROMOTE RESOURCES, PROGRAMMING AND ACTIVITIES FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

New initiative designed to promote city resources and community engagement opportunities across the city to ensure children, young adults and families stay safe and engaged this weekend

Wolverines were honored by the State of Illinois because of their academic excellence

Wolverines were honored by the State of Illinois because of their academic excellence!

Fresh Moves Mobile Market Coming Back to Auburn Gresham May 21st!

Fresh Moves Mobile Market Coming Back to Auburn Gresham every Tuesday afternoon, starting, May 21, 2019, 3:00p - 4:30p.

New leadership in the Mayor’s Office and departments to further administration’s top priorities in the first 100 days

CHICAGO—Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced several key staff who will serve in leadership positions in her administration.

Urban Prep 100% College Acceptance Celebration and Signing Day

The Urban Prep legacy continues: for the 10th consecutive year 100% of the seniors at Urban Prep – all African-American males and from mostly low-income families – have been admitted to four-year colleges and universities.

Computer Literacy and Job Readiness Training Session III Sign Up Is Open!

"Basic Computer Literacy Job Readiness Training" at A Knock At Midnight 
Family Advocacy Center. The 2019 PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION begins May 1 - May 14th. Sign-up Now!

Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships (OCEAN-HP) Job Postings

The University of Illinois at Chicago –UI Health – Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood HealthPartnership –is seeking applications open positions take a look!

SPOTLIGHT YOUTH OPPORTUNITY: Remake Learning Days Chicago

Remake Learning Days Chi is our region’s, first-ever hands-on, festival for the future of work and learning. It will take place May 16 -19, 2019.  

Lyte Solar Training Program

ComEd Solar Training Program is currently enrolling for its upcoming cycle of training in the Green Job Industry.

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