CharityScenes Social - Getting to know boards 1-3...

CharityScenes Social is coming up on January 21st! Get to know the boards participating - we'll feature a few boards each week leading up to the event so that you'll be ready to mingle!


Urban Gateways educates and inspires young people by delivering high-quality, accessible arts experiences that advance their personal and academic growth. Urban Gateways delivers high-quality arts programs led by trained and experienced professional artists in music, dance, theater, literary arts, visual arts, and digital media to engage youth in grades pre-K through 12, their teachers, families, and communities. Urban Gateways teaching artists collaborate with school teachers, administrators, and art specialists to develop and deliver engaging, integrated curricula for all types of learners.

Urban Gateways' Auxiliary Board, the New Arts Forum’s, mission is to promote and support Urban Gateways’ efforts to provide arts education programs to all children, despite race or economic class, while also promoting Urban Gatewaysartists and local artists/institutions. New Arts Forum members have the unique opportunity to advocate the work of Urban Gateways Artists to a fresh, diverse, and young constituency, enhance existing fundraising efforts and cultivate future organizational leadership. The New Arts Forum welcomes people of all backgrounds and income brackets.


EverThrive Illinois works to improve the health of women, children, and families over the lifespan through community engagement, partnerships, policy analysis, education, and advocacy. Our Associate Board is a dynamic group of young leaders and professionals dedicated to assisting EverThrive Illinois with our advocacy and program activities. Associate Board members have the opportunity to gain valuable skills and learn about cutting-edge public health topics, while volunteering with a statewide nonprofit organization, and making new friends!


I Am We is a young nonprofit arts organization that is dedicated to empowering underserved communities in Chicago to create unity. Founded in 2011 by artists, educators, and professionals, I Am We was born to address community needs by identifying ways from a grassroots level how to strengthen these neighborhoods. We learned that in underserved communities in Chicago there is a disconnect between constituents, community stakeholders and YOUTH. To break the chains of disconnect and create a sense of community, we realize that meaningful connections have to develop among these groups, especially adults and youth. 

For this reason, I Am We developed an Associate Board. We believe there are more artists, professionals, educators, and civic leaders throughout Chicago who also want to create change. We trust that these individuals are passionate about the cause of I Am We and are ready to use their skills, talents, education, and passion for the greater good in underserved communities.  Our goal as an Associate Board is to support I Am We in building effective programming and community engagement models for underserved communities.


Summaries above were provided by the boards themselves