Hello All! We hope you had a nice Spring and Summer 2015 and are making the most out of the last balmy Fall days! It has been a busy season at LETS GO Chicago, from our yard-share network, greenhouse, and children’s garden program, we have been working hard and having fun doing it!
Fall is a time of transformation, as the warm days come to a close and that fresh fall air rolls into Chicago. We have taken this time to rethink our organization, ensuring that our actions ad programs reflect our model:
The mission of LETS GO Chicago is to empower, connect, and support youth leaders as they create innovative, self-sustaining, and inter-dependent initiatives that systemically integrate climate and energy solutions, economic security, and social justice. Our model includes three primary areas of work: Leadership Development/Training, Community Service, and Economic Development.
Through our programs, youth gain skills to become leaders in their community while designing and carrying out projects that promote environmental sustainability and seek to create jobs for young people in Rogers Park. Over the years, this work has centered around urban agriculture projects, children’s garden education, and the incubation of a youth-led storm-water management company.
This summer, LETS GO Chicago focused mainly on the children’s garden program, yard-share network, and our greenhouse. The garden program worked with The United Church of Rogers Park to get children outside and exploring and discovering all of the amazing ways food is grown. The yard-share network took a few unused spaces in our neighbors lawns and turned them into productive farm and garden land, providing food to local charities and friends. The greenhouse, located behind the Westwood Nursing Home in West Ridge, allowed our seedlings to grow and prosper and also gave our senior friends access to a vibrant green space.
We are looking forward to our leadership retreat in January and our productive 2016 programs. Keep your eyes and ears open for a fall/winter fundraiser and more fun events coming in the next few months! If you want to get involved contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Peace and Love,
LETS GO Chicago