Press release - Chicago, IL, USA - March 23, 2015
Hosted by the residents of Woodlawn and sponsored by The South East Chicago Commission, the Sixth Annual Woodlawn Community Summit: "One Path, Many Voices" will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration building 969 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL.
oday, the South East Chicago Commission (SECC) and the residents of Woodlawn announced the 6th Annual Woodlawn Community Summit will be held at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration on Saturday, March 28, 2015.
The Woodlawn Community Summit invites concerned neighbors, business owners, youth groups, elected officials, and community stakeholders to take action for long-term growth and sustainability of Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood.
This year's Summit shines a spotlight on civic engagement while recognizing outstanding contributions from our neighbors and acknowledging the need for new leaders and more volunteers. This year more than 350 participants, leaders and stakeholders will be convene to turn information to action that directly benefits Chicago's Woodlawn community.
A special panel discussion entitled, "The Importance of Civic Engagement" will be the centerpiece of discussion. Facilitated by EnGAGED Chicago, this lively dialogue will be moderated by WBEZ's Kathy Chaney, and will feature guest panelists Dr. Carol Adams, Urban Prescriptives; Timuel Black, Historian; Joel Hamernick, Sunshine Gospel Minsitries; Sheldon Smith, Dovetail Project; and Kurt Summers, Treasurer, City of Chicago.
"This year, we are asking residents, stakeholders and the community at large to 'roll up their sleeves' and get engaged in the community," says Elizabeth Gardner, steering committee member, Woodlawn resident and co-founder of the Summit. "Let's all add our voices and take the path to a sustainable, vibrant community that we all deserve!"
This year's Summit includes Breakout Sessions designed to give participants the right contacts, resources and information to take action at home or in the community. Session topics include:
- Neighborhood safety and security
- Economic development
- Education and public schools
- Green & Beautiful
The 6th Summit is hosted by the residents of Woodlawn and sponsored by the South East Chicago Commission with support from the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement, the City of Chicago Alderman Willie B. Cochran – 20th Ward and Alderman Leslie A. Hairston – 5th Ward, EnGAGED CHICAGO, II-in-One Contractors, CEI Media Group, the City of Chicago Police Department and CAPS, 3rd district.