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Applications for the Americorps VISTA Englewood program are still being accepted. These roles come with education assistance and a living allowance.  
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AmeriCorps VISTA members serve full time (~40 hours/week) for 1 full year at a community organization (nonprofit, college/university, local government office, etc.) working on anti-poverty projects. AmeriCorps VISTA members work on projects that build the capacity of their organization.  You need to be 18 or over to apply.
 
The position is currently on the CNCS portal for individuals to apply at: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/login.do
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Applicants must complete a profile and submit the requested information.
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Join Englewood’s Public Safety Task Force next Thursday, February 8th, 6:30pm to 8pm, as they participate in a community conversation on public safety hosted by Cook County Commissioner Dennis Deer at Hope Manor II located 6002 S. Halsted.

Panelists will include representatives from Safer Foundation, TASC, Cook County Sheriff’s Police, Cook County State’s Attorney Office plus Englewood Public Safety Task Force members.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

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Less than a week ago, Chicago Magazine published Asiaha Butler’s powerful commentary titled, “CPS Says Englewood Residents Support a Plan to Close Its Schools. Here’s What Really Happened”  In the article, Butler explains how Chicago Public Schools misused the Englewood Community Action Council’s school improvement plan as justification to close four of its highschools. She also, eloquently highlights that no where in their CAC’s strategic plan did they suggest closing schools. To read the full article online, click HERE

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Asiaha Butler’s Chicago magazine article published online January 25, 2018. 

Upon being published Thursday, January 25th, the article went viral and was met with considerable response. It was even the most read story on Chicago Magazine’s website.  (See below)

SAVE THE DATE

Also, as a reminder, our Open House/New Member Orientation will be Saturday, February 3rd, 11am-1pm at R.A.G.E. Headquarters – 6620 S. Union Ave. We will provide lunch and have an indepth orientation for new and/or prospective members to learn about the work and mission of R.A.G.E. in Englewood. To RSVP or if you have any questions, contact us at 866-845-1032 or email us at joinrage@gmail.com.

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We are proud to announce that #MemberMondays is back with

Coretta “CJ” Pruitt being our first feature of 2018!

 

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CJ Pruitt with her Father, Deacon Leonard M. Richardson

Coretta J. Pruitt, who is affectionately called “CJ,” by many, has lived in Englewood for more than 40 years. Her deep roots in Englewood were planted in 1964 when her parents purchased a home in West Englewood. As one of the first African-American families to settle in West Englewood, Coretta’s parents experienced overt racism and became heavily involved in the Civil Rights movement. They even named her after their fellow activist and friend, Coretta Scott King, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s wife.  

Being raised by civil rights activists who taught her the value of community, made a significant impression on Coretta and is reflected in her current work as a Parenting Fundamentals Educator with Metropolitan Family Services in Englewood. There, she helps parents of adolescent-aged children take steps towards achieving their professional/personal goals while also teaching them parent enrichment skills like positive discipline techniques and communication strategies. As a mother of six children, Coretta definitely knows about being a devoted parent. In 2000, at the height of her corporate career as a Program Analyst Consultant for companies such as Hewitt Associates, LLC and Ernest & Young, LLP., she resigned to be a full-time, stay-at-home mother. “I wanted to emulate my mother and be as great of a mother to my children as she was to me,” she said.    

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CJ Pruitt’s mother, Mrs. Beverly Ann Goodman-Richardson

Coretta also emulated her mother’s dedication to helping others. During her collegiate years at Purdue University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, she joined the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Their principles of scholarship, service and sisterhood resonated with her and led her to be a volunteer for the supportive and employment services they offered to single mothers in need. She brought that same dedication to service and helping others to R.A.G.E. when she became a member in 2015. 

Coretta decided to attend a R.A.G.E. open house at Kelly Library in Englewood after being a resource provider at So Fresh Saturday for Metropolitan Family Services. “Life is stressful, especially in neighborhoods like Englewood, and So Fresh Saturday allows people to come together, enjoy and celebrate each other,” she says.

#ImpactEnglewood #GivingTuesday Memes (4)In addition to being an engaged R.A.G.E. member, Coretta also serves as the administrative champion of the Englewood Public Safety Task Force. Last year, she contributed to the Public Safety Task Force successfully hosting Jobs on the Block, a job fair on the vacant lot at 66th & Union St., and Rock the Beat, events aimed to curb violence on blocks experiencing high crime.

When she isn’t busy volunteering her time or helping parents become better, she enjoys relaxing with her children and husband of 23 years, James Pruitt.

 

Thank you Coretta J. Pruitt for your passionate devotion to the Greater Englewood community!

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We are very proud to share with you many of the successes and accomplishments we had last year! Our membership increased; we expanded the number of parks So Fresh Saturdays was hosted at; a group of our members collaborated to open businesses in Englewood; and we continue to serve successfully as the lead organization of Englewood’s Public Safety Task Force. Take a closer look at the details of our impact in 2017 Year in Review here

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If you are inspired and encouraged to join forces with other residents who truly care about the betterment of our community, please consider membership with R.A.G.E. and even attend our upcoming Open House on Saturday, February 3rd, 11am-1pm at 6620 S. Union Ave. Please view the details below.

 SAVE THE DATE 

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Are you an Englewood resident or stakeholder looking to join forces with other residents in their continued efforts to increase peace, pride and unity in Englewood? Have you heard about R.A.G.E. and want to learn more? Or did you recently join and don’t know where to start?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this open house is for you! 

At this Open House, we will provide lunch and have an indepth orientation for new and/or prospective members to learn about the work and mission of R.A.G.E. in Englewood. We will answer all of your questions about membership as well as update you on our current and future intiatives. So bring your neighbor and join this resident-driven association.

Our Open House/New Member Orientation will be Saturday, February 3rd, 11am-1pm at R.A.G.E. Headquarters – 6620 S. Union Ave. Any questions contact us at 866-845-1032 or email us at joinrage@gmail.com.

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CONNECT + BUILD + TAKE ACTION

All are welcome to join R.A.G.E. at our first Englewood Village Meeting of 2018 on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Lindblom Math & Science Academy6130 S. Wolcott Ave.  From 6pm to 8pm we will enjoy delicious refreshments and discuss relevant community news while connecting with others who are eager to help make Englewood greater.

Topics will include:

  • R.A.G.E.’s 2017 Year in Review
  • Voters Education
  • Englewood Housing Vision Board

Come connect, build, and take action with us! For more information, contact R.A.G.E. at 866-845-1032 or email joinrage@gmail.com. 

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