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We exist because children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development . As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.  Common Sense Media has partnered with the Auburn Gresham Portal to provide resources to families as they learn to navigate the digital world in a responsible, safe, and meaningful way.

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Building Organizations That Stand the Test of Time
Valerie F. Leonard, a local expert in community and organizational development, is partnering with Chicago State University to host "Lasting Impact: Building Sustainable Organizations". The…
Empowering Youth to Speak Up and Speak Out!
Calling all TEEN groups and organizations supporting TEENS Come and have your VOICES HEARD and discuss issues that are important to YOU! May 18, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm, Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 S.…
4 Steps 2 College
JP Paulus, President of Do-Gooder Consulting, will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, April 24, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Nonprofit "U" is an online…
The People's OPL (Obama Presidential Library)
Members of the Obama Library CBA Coalition will be guests on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, April 3, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Guests include Allegra…
"Nonprofits Are Messy" on Nonprofit "U"
Joan Garry, Principal of Joan Garry Consulting, will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, February 20, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nonprofit "U" is an…
Best African-American History Apps and Websites For Teachers, Parents and Students
CommonSense Media recommneds apps, games, and websites in the classroom to balance the triumphs of African-Americans in politics, literature, music, science, and beyond with the continued struggle…
Using Social Innovation to Drive Community Revitalization
Attorney Marc J. Lane, Vice Chairman of the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation, will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, December 19, 2016, from 2:00…
Where Sustainability Meets Environmental Justice
Naomi Denise Davis, Founder of Blacks in Green TM , will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, December 12, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Developing Effective Grant Writing Strategies
Noah Temaner Jenkins will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, December 5, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Settling for Misconduct: An Exploration of the Chicago Reporter’s Interactive Database of Police Misconduct Cases
Susan Smith Richardson, the Editor and Publisher of The Chicago Reporter , was a recent guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show, providing an overview of the news outlet's new…
Settling for Misconduct: An Exploration of the Chicago Reporter’s Interactive Database of Police Misconduct Cases
Susan Smith Richardson, the Editor and Publisher of The Chicago Reporter , was a recent guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show, providing an overview of the news outlet's new…
TIF Toolkit Launch on Nonprofit "U"
Carolina Gaete and Cecile Carroll DeMello, Co-Directors of Blocks Together, will be guests on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, November 28, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30…
Youth-Led Tech 2016 Student Application Is Now Open!
Youth-led Tech Summer 2016 is a technology mentoring program in three Chicago neighborhoods: Austin, North Lawndale, and Roseland. Contact Smart Chicago at 312-565-2933 or email…
Nonprofit "U": Hitting the "Reset" Button in North Lawndale
Rodney Brown and Dennis Deer will be guests on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, April 25 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nonprofit "U" is an online forum where nonprofit…
13 Reasons the IRS Says "No"
Valerie F. Leonard, an expert in community and organizational development, recently discussed 13 common reasons the IRS rejects applications for tax exemption on the Nonprofit “U” radio…
Congrats To The Englewood Codes Project Youth
Englewood Codes Demo Day: The Englewood Codes project instructs youth on how to design, build and maintain their own multimedia websites.
Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Business in the State of Illinois
Tune in to Nonprofit “U” to hear a podcast of Valerie F. Leonard discussing the ins and outs of starting a nonprofit business in the State of Illinois.
Getting Funded: Keys to Successful Grant Writing
The UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program hosted Getting Funded: Keys to Successful Grant Writing. The modes of instruction included lecture, case studies and presentations. Students…
Increasing Fundraising Through Transparency
Join us for a lively discussion on how nonprofit organizations may increase their fundraising capacity through transparency and enhanced disclosure utilizing GuideStar Profiles. Our special guest…
Keeping the Promise: A Virtual Teach-In on the Promise Neighborhoods Model
Join us for a virtual teach-in as Michael McAfee, EdD, Vice President of the PolicyLink Promise Neighborhoods Institute, shares an overview of the evidence-based Promise Neighborhood Institute.
Revitalizing Neighborhoods Through Servitude and Innovation
Determined to ensure that the loss of his brother through street violence was not in vain, Robert Douglas organized the S.O.N Foundation with the vision of making the Roseland community safer and…
Data Driven Justice: CTBA’s Ralph Martire Discusses Ways to Use Data to Bring About Social and Economic Equity
Ralph Martire, the Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA), will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, November 9, 2015, from…
Just Checking: Valerie F. Leonard Discusses How Nonprofits Can Maintain Tax-Exempt Status
In response to the growing number of nonprofit organizations losing tax-exempt status, Valerie F. Leonard, will discuss nonprofit compliance on the state and federal levels on the Nonprofit…
Dew the Right Thing: Habilitative Systems, Inc. CEO Discusses Mental Health, People With Disabilities and the State Budget Stalemate
Donald J. Dew, the CEO of Habilitative Systems, Inc. (HSI), will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, October 5, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nonprofit "U"…
Think Big: UIC’s Kate Pravera Discusses the Next 5 Things in Nonprofit Management
Kate Pravera, the Founder and Academic Director of the UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management program, will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, September 14,…

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