We believe that in order to transform a community, you must start by transforming the lives of the children within it.
Chicago's Next is a mentorship enrichment program designed to foster development, confidence and long-term potential for youth in underserved communities. Each child in our program will have the opportunity to learn from and develop relationships with various mentors, along with their own personal mentor, who will be carefully matched to them based upon their own aspirations and unique learning style. Through genuine human connection and exposure to experiences and careers outside of their current narrative, each child will learn to develop both hard and soft skills, be inspired to chase their goals, and transform their lives.
Funds raised through this campaign will go towards the creation of a community center in the west side of Chicago, and furthering the philanthropic objectives of STRENGTH IN THE CITY Foundation and SRV Foundation.
Chicago's Next is organized by STRENGTH IN THE CITY Foundation, SRV Foundation, and un·cooked.
STRENGTH IN THE CITY Foundation
STRENGTH IN THE CITY Foundation (SITCF) is a 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on bring mental and physical health & wellness to the community. SITCF's founder, Liezyl Ribeiro, created the foundation with the vision of strengthening individuals so they are able to strengthen their communities. She is passionate about helping underprivileged youths, empowering women & bettering the environment.
SRV is a 501(c)(3) organization that aims to serve and love those that have been marginalized due to residing in “at risk” communities by providing aid with resources to bridge the gap and level the playing field. This ultimately empowers generations to reach their full potential. Born and raised in the West Garfield Park area of the West Side of Chicago, SRV founder James Graham gained a broader look on life through a football scholarship as a walk on at Illinois State University. He continued his success post graduation in the NFL. James is devoted to sharing his vision with youth in his community to support and inspire them to dream big.
Jeremy Jones is the Chief Vision Officer at un·cooked, a grab and go restaurant in Chicago, where he is in charge of ensuring future viability, impact, and growth. He is deeply passionate about harnessing the platform un·cooked's patrons have given them to build bridges and transform the communities we serve. He understands the privilege of being part of the new narrative about what's possible when like-minded and hearted people come together to show up for a common cause.