Jonathan Sims on his Evolution as Chicago’s Community Advocate

It was a cold winter night. Before turning off the car engine, Jonathan paused. He just hesitated. His shoulders started slumping after taking a deep breath. Slowly exhaling, he tilted the driver's seat further back. Feeling the frigid temperature, Jonathan blasted the heat as he dragged the blanket closer to him. His frosted window was … Continue reading Jonathan Sims on his Evolution as Chicago’s Community Advocate

Ulric Shannon on Championing Equity, Social Justice and Anti-Racism

What can I say, he is a humble humanitarian, an enthusiastic educator, a culture curator, and a fantastically-flawed Chicagoan. Growing up in the Austin neighborhood, Ulric calls it his "home space." It's a place where he sees excellence, love, talent, and affirmation of his identity. "My community inspires me. We are directly impacted by systemic … Continue reading Ulric Shannon on Championing Equity, Social Justice and Anti-Racism

Rickey Layfield on his Greatest Fear, Entrepreneurship, and Mentoring Youth

When your mind is consistently creating ideas to be a part of the solution, you become a leader. Chicago's Youth and Community Advocate and Entrepreneur, Rickey Layfield, instills the definition of leadership as he continues to inspire others. "Death. Not leaving a legacy. Being forgotten. Those are my greatest fears. The more lives I changed, … Continue reading Rickey Layfield on his Greatest Fear, Entrepreneurship, and Mentoring Youth