Teirra Scott, Founder and Executive Director of GODDESS Girls Mentoring, is the winner of the Know More Nonprofits $25K Innovation Challenge, powered by Entrenuity. Teirra's involvement in the Challenge was supported in part by Pursue Scholars, who acknowledged her as a distinguished alumna.Read Story
Mark and Jennifer Soderquist, longtime friends and supporters of Entrenuity, moved to the Westside of Chicago in 1991 and have lived in the Lawndale neighborhood for over 20 years. Mark serves as one of the pastors of Westlawn Gospel Chapel, alongside Pastor Derrick Rollerson, who started Westlawn Youth Network (WYN) to reach the youth in the neighborhood. Working with WYN has allowed Mark and Jennifer opportunities to impact (and be impacted by!) more than just the youth in the neighborhood. With a commitment to being transparent about what they've learned regarding race, poverty, and social justice since living incarnationally in the city, Mark and Jennifer host regular learning experiences at WYN for visiting groups from schools, churches, and businesses.
Since 1998, students from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas have embarked on an annual student ministry trip to Chicago. During their time in the city, the students actively participate in "redemptive listening and truth-telling" sessions with Mark, Jennifer, Pastor Derrick, and other members of the Lawndale community. Students are exposed to the intricacies of social issues, gaining a fresh perspective through the lens of the city. The WYN team firmly believes that Chicago serves as an extraordinary classroom, where individuals are empowered to see the world through a different set of eyes. In Mark's words, "The purpose of this trip is not to leave with answers, but to leave asking better questions."Read Story
OAD Productions held its first competition supported by the DCASE Chicago Presents grant. Four competing bands performed live in front of a panel of music industry leaders for cash prizes, podcast episodes, live performance recordings, upcoming gigs, and more! Hosted by Overflow Coffee and live streamed on Live Bash, the evening closed with feature performer Sonic Healing. What a beautiful time of community, coffee, and connection. Shout out to our talented judges, Yung Gotti, Kenyotta Stewart, Vicki Street, and D.Lylez, and congratulations to the winning band, IAMAURIN. More photos coming soon!
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