In less than a week, our Or Tzedek Advanced Activism participants will start their four day internships with Growing Home, Inc., ONE Northside, and Centro Autónomo! These organizations have graciously welcomed us in and will show the Or Tzedek teens different approaches to creating systemic change in Chicago communities.
Some of our teens will be interning at Growing Home, Inc., a leading social enterprise focused on empowering people and communities with Chicago’s first USDA-Certified Organic, high-production urban farms. With farms in the Englewood neighborhood, Growing Home seeks to operate, promote, and demonstrate the use of organic agriculture as a vehicle for job training, employment, and community development.
Or Tzedek teens will garden and farm alongside Growing Home Production Assistants who are part of the Transitional Job Training Program. They will also help manage the farm stand, which provides fresh fruits and vegetables to people in Englewood.
Our second group of interns will be working at ONE Northside: Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality. ONE Northside is a mixed-income, multi-ethnic, intergenerational organization that unites diverse communities and builds collective power to eliminate injustice through innovative community organizing. Through uniting people of all ethnic backgrounds to take control of their communities, they become vehicles for social, economic, and racial justice.
As part of the internship, Or Tzedek teens will work on building electoral power in the uptown neighborhood as well as ONE Northside’s voter registration campaign.
The third group of teens will intern at Centro Autonómo, a community center that facilitates community empowerment projects and services based on horizontal relationships, political consciousness, and uniting people in and around the Latino/a immigrant struggle. Members of the community organize and participate in English classes, alternative health programs, cultural events, and domestic worker cooperatives.
The interns will work on Centro Autónomo’s “housing as a human right” campaign. They will canvass to mobilize the community around specific foreclosure cases.
We’re so excited that our teens will have the opportunity to work with and learn from such important community organizations.