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Imagine Englewood If Presents...Growing Citizen Leaders Program

The Growing Citizen Leaders Program (GCL) is a unique and life-changing program for teens living in or connected to the Englewood community. The goal of the program is to provide a safe space for teens to interact with their peers, build an intentional community and engage in meaningful issue-based environmental and social justice work.

The Home Safe Environmental reports, three million children age six and younger – that’s one out of every six children – already has toxic levels of lead in their bodies. Even tiny amounts of lead can cause reduced IQ, reading and learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder and behavioral problems The Englewood community has the highest level of reported lead poisoning in the city of Chicago. The GCL Program is currently looking for committed youth who want to spread awareness about this pressing issue and teens who ultimately want to help improve healthy living in the Englewood community.  

Participants will be charged with creating communications to encourage families in the Englewood community to have their young children screened for lead poisoning and their homes inspected for lead. The youth will be trained to lead a Lead Poisoning Prevention campaign while also highlighting the importance of overall healthy living. Participants will have the opportunity to earn over 200 hours of Community Service and a monthly stipend.  Dedicated GCL participants will qualify for a summer job opportunity with One Summer Chicago earning $10 an hour.

An Interest Meeting for the program will be held on Monday, March 13th at Imagine Englewood If's office located at 730 W 69th Street from 4:30pm to 6:00pm. The program officially starts the following Monday, March 20th at Imagine Englewood If's office at 4:00pm. 

For more information or question, please contact Program Coordinator, Michelle Rashad, at or call 773-488-6704


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