Friday, October 12, 2018
6:00 – 7:00 pm – Appetizers and Silent Auction
7:00 – 9:00 pm – Dinner and Program
Galleria Marchetti, 825 W. Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60642
Tickets: Purchase tickets online
$100 per person, $1,000 per table (10 persons)
Advance ticket purchase is required. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Shanika “Nikki” Brown was selected as this year’s Emerging Leader Awardee for the invaluable contributions she has made both to LCLC and the community of North Lawndale.
One of LCLC’s most beloved outreach workers and staff members, Nikki truly is a friend to everyone. Her warmth, kindness, and genuine interest in other people make her an incredibly effective outreach worker and a truly dear friend. In her role at LCLC, Nikki mentors and advocates for justice-involved youth throughout the entire community. She recently completed her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from North Park University as part of her long-term goal to become a law enforcement professional. LCLC is proud to honor Nikki as this year’s Emerging Leader and excited to continue supporting her as she pursues a career in criminal justice.
Chicago Beyond is a youth equity platform fighting to give young people the opportunity to achieve their fullest human potential. Since launching in 2016, Chicago Beyond has invested over $30 million in both local organizations and high-potential individuals working to improve life outcomes for young Chicagoans living in economically fragile communities. Beyond transformative funding, Chicago Beyond works closely with its partners to design unique investment plans, and support key strategic planning, development, and branding/communications initiatives designed to grow their partners’ impact.
Lawndale Christian Legal Center (LCLC) was the winner of Chicago Beyond’s 2017 Youth Equity Challenge. The long-term goal of Chicago Beyond’s partnership with LCLC is to transform indigent defense by proving the effectiveness of LCLC’s community-based, holistic legal services model. In the short-term, the partnership enables LCLC to grow its impact by not only serving significantly more young people in North Lawndale, but also by serving them better.
From education to activism, Liz Dozier has spent her career working tirelessly to disrupt the culture of inequity that is often pervasive in urban neighborhoods.
In 2016, Dozier launched Chicago Beyond, a youth equity platform that fuels ideas, organizations, people and ventures fighting for all youth to achieve their fullest human potential. Since its inception, Chicago Beyond has invested more than $30 million in 12 local nonprofit organizations that work to create equitable access and opportunity for Chicago’s young people. This is accomplished by Chicago Beyond’s partners through various holistic approaches – from a program that strengthens young, African American fathers to a post-release employment program leveraging the performing arts. Beyond providing transformative funding, Chicago Beyond works hand-in-hand with its partners to ultimately grow their impact. From strategic planning to development to branding and communications supports – Chicago Beyond designs unique investment plans to help its partners reach their goals.
Her ambition is born from her experiences as an educator in Chicago Public Schools. During her tenure as principal at Fenger Academy High School, which at the time was known as one of the most violent and underperforming schools in Chicago, Fenger experienced a decrease in its dropout rate from 19% to 2%, a 40% increase in Freshmen On-Track to graduate, and double digit increases in attendance and the school’s state graduation rate. Keenly aware of how traumatic events outside of the classroom were affecting her students, Dozier’s method to turn Fenger around also included the adoption of restorative justice and mental health and wellness strategies.
Dozier’s work has been featured in various outlets such as the New York Time’s best-selling book, “How Children Succeed” by Paul Tough, CNN’s docu-series “Chicagoland,” and forums such as Aspen Ideas Festival, the Kennedy Center Forum on Mental Health and SXSW.
- Patricia Connelly-Duling
- Bart Ritchey
Lawndale Christian Community Church
Sponsorships are available at the following levels:
- Marquee Sponsor ($5,000)
- Premier Sponsor ($2,500)
- Major Sponsor ($1,000)
- Contributing Sponsor ($500)
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