Led by our Development Coordinator, Ola, we discussed common perceptions of philanthropy, the strengths and limitations of foundation-based funding, and the value of community philanthropy. We also applied the themes from our discussion to 826CHI’s goals, as outlined in our Strategic Plan, including how to foster a culture of philanthropy.
Led by our communications coordinator Mike, we delve into to some of the biases associated with class and aspiration––and how we can keep others’ expectations from limiting our students’ discovery and pursuit of their own goals.
Led by our operations manager Tyler, we discuss the real effects of semantics on individuals, looking at debates about preferred terminology in the autism community, with a focus on making our writing lab as inclusive as possible.
Led by our executive director Kendra, we discussed Ta-Nehisi Coates’s writing on parenting a child with a vulnerable body and the idea of literacy as freedom.
Led by development associate Esther, we discuss a review of the immersive play Learning Curve by the Albany Park Theatre Project, which uses an old school building and student actors to recreate the experience of a public school in Chicago, from the concrete impact of budget cuts to the stress of day to day teen life.
Led by our publications manager Abi, we discuss the concept of intersectionality and how it manifests in our lives––personally, professionally, and as people who care about the development of young students.
Led by our director of programs Maria, we discussed the use of coded language, how it comes into our students’ lives, and what we can do to help.