The idea behind My Block, My Hood, My City, Jahmal Cole’s fast-growing civic education nonprofit, is almost ridiculously simple: Take teenagers from underresourced Chicago schools on monthly field trips to explore the city. Based on empirical evidence that education-based travel can spark students’ curiosity, ambition, and later success, the treks are centered on activities that get kids out of their comfort zone: cooking, sailing, touring an art museum, and so on. Read more at Chicago Magazine
In an effort to promote more volunteering in Chicago, we're taking it upon ourselves to incentivize some action. Starting with our Woodlawn Clean Up event on August 19th, we'll be issuing Volunteer Cards to everybody. Any person who volunteers at our One Block at a Time Initiative, or any other Chicago organization, will have an opportunity to receive a free t-shirt or hoodie. Spend 16 hours volunteering in a year and get a free T-shirt. Spend 30 hours volunteering in a year and get a free hoodie. The city reflects who we are, and we have a responsibility to what it is. This incentive is our way of showing appreciation to our volunteers for doing what's right.