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CONNECT 2014-2015 Launches at Westcott and Madero

Civic Opportunities to Network Needs for Educational and Community Transformation (CONNECT), is a mentorship program designed to promote positive youth development in public schools. CONNECT pairs Illinois State University (ISU) student mentors with middle school students, and together the pair forms a relationship through weekly Skype sessions, in-person school visits, and a mentee-designed community service project. 

Community-Based Research in Action: Health Specialist's RX For the Community

University of Chicago's CommunityRX, community-based research projects worth over $7M have been working collaboratively to put a prescription in place to help transform South Side communities by 2015, with the assistance and addition of Community Health Information Specialists (CHIS), a newly created job added to community organization workforces, at the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation (GADC) and Centers for New Horizon (CNH). GADC was proud to welcome a local service provider to our site to learn more about the HealtheRX program and how to incorporate it into their business process.

SSA#32 Ties a Bow On South Side Business District

SSA#32 ties a bow around the business district lights, as the kick-off to the holidays and a sign the end of the year is near. This holiday season we are counting down the holiday buying season, by asking everyone to support a local small business first, as you start and wrap up your holiday shopping for 2014. The success of many small businesses depends on year end shopping of community residents and vistors. Consider shopping right near home, SHOP SOUTH.

Community Fireside Chat: Holiday Safety Techniques

Join us for a community FIRESIDE CHAT with retired federal law enforcement officer and bodyguard. December 9th, 2:30-4:30pm, 7801 S. State StreetUrban Partnership Bank Community Room. We will explore how to respond to key scenarios, including how to respond to an active shooter and 10 rules of survival if stopped by the police. All Businesses and Residents are encouraged to attend this timely FREE, informative and important FIRESIDE CHAT. For more information or to RSVP your attendance call 773.483.3696.

Let's Kick Obesity To The Curb!

The holidays are upon us. With that brings lots of festivities and food! Join the University of Chicago Medicine and Community Partners for this important conversation: Let's Kick Obesity To The Curb!

Auburn Gresham GOLD Celebrates Family Game Night!

Auburn Gresham GOLD (AG GOLD) held their first Family Game Night at Oliver Westcott Elementary School, 409 W. 80th Street, Thursday evening October 30, 2014. A strong showing of Parents came out to be with their students and other families for a night of games, food and community fun.

Happy Thanksgiving * Salute to Small Businesses

We’re not open Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday. We’re your neighborhood non-profit that prides itself on being thankful we can provide excellent community economic development, housing, education, technology, environmental and senior services. We are thankful to have a great staff ready to assist our residents and businesses, in the Greater Auburn Gresham communities. We need your help.

Red Velvet Shop Local Shopping and Education Event Helps Small Businesses Get In The Black!

SHOP SOUTH, Shop Local Red Velvet Extravagaza Shopping event, kicked off a pre-Black Friday, neighborhood sales event for local independent businesses, including the those in the Auburn Gresham Neighborhood Business Development Center's service area. Congratulations to all small busisness who participated. Good luck on a prosperous #ShopSmall Saturday, Novmeber 29th and 2014 holiday shopping season!

SHOP SOUTH, Shop Local, Starts Saturday!

SHOP SOUTH, Shop Local, Starts this Saturday, November 15th! A Red Velvet Shopping Extravaganza, Noon to 4pm, at DeLaSalle Institute 3434 S. Michigan. Come join key community partners support local businesses, as part of the "SHOP SOUTH" campaign. Free parking, shopping bucks, small donation for admission, over 15+ local independent businesses ready for you to come to Shop Local!

ComEd Offers Bill Payment Help to Veterans and Active Military Personnel

ComEd Offers Bill Payment Help to Veterans and Active Military Personnel.As we celebrate Veterans Day ComEd is reminding customers, including Veterans and active military personal, of its financial assistance and bill payment programs available to customers who have fallen behind on payments and need help with their electric bill. More than one million of the $10 million in assistance ComEd dedicated this year is still available for distribution.

Community Building New Beginnings for Veterans

On this rainy Veterans Day, November 11, 2014, as we honor veterans locally and across the nation, we also look forward to the completion of New Pisgah Church's construction project in Auburn Gresham. Tthe "Veterans New Beginnings Residence," is a nearly completed affordable housing building for veterans, located at 8140 S. Racine.

Community Plan To "Reoccupy Buildings In 2015!"

On a brisk and snowy Halloween Day, representatives from the city of Chicago's Department of Planning and Development (DPD) convened community-based organizations from the thirteen (13) participating communities for a Micro-Market Recovery Program (MMRP) community partner workshop.

Congratulations To Our Neighborhood Heroes!

Greetings! Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS) held its Annual Meeting and Neighborhood Leadership Awards program, "NHS @ 40: Deep Roots, Still Growing" on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Bridgeport ArtCenter.

The event was attended by over 300 partners, volunteers, community leaders and neighborhood residents.  The evening's program showcased nine Neighborhood Heroes and celebrated NHS' accomplishments.

Lyric Opera of Chicago to Perform at Simeon High

The 19th annual "Opera in the Neighborhoods" tour will be at Simeon, 8141 S. Vincennes Ave., on Oct. 28 for two performances of "The Brothers Grimm. Third through sixth grades at nearby Westcott Elementary, 409 W. 80th St., will walk down the street to attend the performance. Auburn Gresham GOLD school students going for the "GOLD", with the Arts, the past four years!


The W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation (GAGDC) a $1 milion grant to strengthen it's K-3rd grade literacy and family economic development two-generation strategy, Auburn Gresham GOLD (AG GOLD), in several Chicago Auburn Gresham elementary schools. To track the progress and impact of this innovative community, campus, and business partnership, follow us on Twitter using hastags #AGGOLD, #AuburnGreshamGOLD.

Fireside Chat Series: Conflict Resolution Informational

Conflict resolution is a way for two or more parties to find a peaceful solution to any disagreement among them. This can happen in, workplace or home. Please attend this FIRESIDE CHAT on Conflict Resolution and learn how to spot it, get help, or help someone else. Small businesses, organizations, community stakeholders (ALL) are welcome!!  Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, Urban Partnership Bank (Second Floor) 7801 S. State Street, 2 pm – 4 pm. For more information and to RSVP your attendance, please call (773) 483-3696 or email

Join Us for 2014 Breakfast and Blues For Seniors!

Calling all Seniors! Join the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation (GAGDC), for the 2014 bi-annual Breakfast and Blues For Seniors! The event will be held in the community room, at the Thurgood Marshall Library, 7506 S. Racine, Chicago 60620. All seniors are welcome for to attend this event for free food, fun and some fantastic blues. You MUST call the GAGDC office, at 773.483.3696 to RSVP and let us know you are coming!

The Affordable Care Act One Year Later

The Center for Community Health and Vitality and the University of Chicago Medicine presents, "The AThe Affordable Care Act, One Year Later." Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 1:00-4:00pm, at the AKArana Community Service Center, 6220 S. Ingleside Ave. See details to register!

Join Us: Auburn Gresham Health Fair On The Block Sept. 25th!

The bi-annual Health Fair on the block will be held, Thursday, September 25th, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, right on 79th Street between Racine and Loomis. Join us for free health screenings and to get lots of information on how to improve your health and stretngthen the health of our community. For more information, please call 773.358.6308. Free giveaways! Tell your friends, colleagues and neighbors to come join us.


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