My Block, My Hood, My City's Explorers Program takes TEENS from under-resourced communities on explorations around the city. 

MBMHMC provides youth with new experiences, exposing them to possibilities beyond their own communities. Our mission is to help teenagers overcome the poverty and isolation they face, boosting educational attainment and opening them to opportunities that make a difference in their lives.

We believe in providing opportunities for others to step outside their comfort zone and explore new communities, cultures, and cuisines in an effort to gain a greater understanding of the world.

We believe in encouraging others to fully immerse themselves in new experiences, continuously soaking up new knowledge and expanding their vision of what is possible.

We believe that each and every one of us needs to strive for self improvement and take responsibility for ourselves and our communities; it is through efforts of service, empathy, and collaboration that we will see our communities evolve and also ourselves.


PAST Explorations

Maggie Daley ParK

My Block My Hood My City brought students to Maggie Daley Park's Skating Ribbon. For many of them, this was their first time ice skating. But in the spirit of exploration and getting out of one's comfort zone, our students learned by doing. A few were comfortably skating laps by the end.


Magnolia Screen Printing

My Block My Hood My City Explorers Program took students to Magnolia Screen Printing, an apparel printing social enterprise based in the South Side of Chicago that supports youth development. Students experienced the screen printing process hands-on and got a small taste of what the work it takes to start and run a business.


Are you a Chicago youth interested in exploring new parts of your city, meeting new people, and opening yourself to new opportunities? Apply to be an Explorer.

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