Education has always been incredibly important to me; it's why I have committed so much of my life to learning (and teaching!) both in and out of a traditional classroom environment. It's also fundamental in creating equity so that a bright future isn't reserved for a privileged few.
My Block, My Hood, My City is an organization local to my chosen home of Chicago. They are not only one of the organizations that serve the Black community to tangible effect, but their ethos is built on learning and exposure "to new communities, cultures, and cuisines in an effort to gain a greater understanding of the world."
[Their full mission statement is here.]
Instead of buying me a celebratory pint for completing my master's degree (which you can't anyway, because pandemic), please make a donation to My Block, My Hood, My City. If everyone who follows me across Instagram donated $5 (the cost of an average bar beer), we'd raise a lot more than my $200 goal. (And have much less of a hangover.)
One last thing... while I appreciate my quazi-nomadic 20s mean many of you don't live in Chicago (or even in the United States), we are in this together. A high tide floats all boats, and when one community rises, it brings others along with it. Help Chicago, and you're helping Boston, Philadelphia, London, and so many other cities in the process.
My Block, My Hood, My City provides underprivileged youth with an awareness of the world and opportunities beyond their neighborhood. We take students on explorations focused on STEM, Arts & Culture, Citizenry & Volunteerism, Health, Community Development, Culinary Arts, and Entrepreneurism.