Celebrating MLK day the Chicago way!

14 Feb

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” ~
Imagine by John Lennon

This year for Martin Luther King, Jr Day, Public Allies Chicago had five separate events. Four of the events served as a kick-off for the different Team Service Projects that PAChicago has.

Celebrating Diversity in Evanston 

Second year Allies assisted Y.O.U. Evanston with their “Diverse Evanston Walks United” (DEWU) event at the Music Institute of Chicago. The portion DEWU the second years helped with featured guest speakers, youth performers, and a live portait artist. The second years primarily assisted with set-up, break down, and running of the event. Here are a couple photos from their event:

Tom and Jessica chair set up      Crowd       YOU Evanston

Safe Sex Packet Distribution

The A-Team and their partner organization Illinois Caucus of Adolescent Health (ICAH) put together 700 packets of safe sex information and distributed them to some of Chicago’s highest STI rate areas. The A-Team will be building a teen sexual health curriculum with ICAH. Here are Team A members Aisha and Ruben tell you about their MLK Day endeavors:

Celebrating Peace by Creating Ideal Communities

Team New Edition kicks off their team service project with the Peace School by working with a small group of Chicago Public School students. Their day featured Meditation and group activities.

Group activity



Peace Activity 1

Group Activity 2

The purpose: help to promote the group’s focus on building ideal and peaceful communities within Chicago in two Community Colleges of Chicago. Here is a photo of Team New Edition and their participants:
Team New Edition and participants

Bringing Justice the Food Way

Team New Adults on the Block and their partner organization Empowerment through Education and Exposure (EEE) provided meals for 60 women who are currently homeless at Breakthrough Urban Ministries. They spent the morning preparing the meals, helped with serving, and then conversed with some of the women there. Here are some photos from their day:

Food Prep 1 Food prep Food Prep 3 Serving 4

Save the Best for Last, Eyes on Youth Homelessness

My TSP, Group Z, and our partner organization Alternatives, Inc. kicked off their storytelling and youth homelessness project with a clothing drive, art activities, and a round table discussion about youth homelessness. Here are a few photos from our service day:

Alternatives front door       photo (11) Group Z creating MLK Day sign    photo (8)photo (5)

photo (1)   photo

To see the rest of the photos from the MLK Day events, please visit the Public Allies Chicago Facebook page.


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