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Elevating Community Voices

Building upon 16 years of deep collaboration with community leaders, neighborhood voices and local constituents, the Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC), a non-profit community development organization, and community-based collaborators are working hand-in-hand to revitalize six currently vacant acres of a former Chicago Housing Authority low-income housing project site into a thriving community hub. 

Our agreements with CHA and Hearst Community Organization outline community representation and hiring practices, focused on local, minority, and women-led vendors and employees. 

We have partnered with local non-profit organizations to execute, organize, and implement operational aspects of our campus. All of these organizations have an understanding of the needs of our community and subject matter expertise.

By bringing together highly regarded organizations, our day-to-day operations of our Kindergarten through 8th grade school (Academy for Global Citizenship), our Early Childhood Center (Start Early), our Health Clinic (Esperanza Health Centers), and our Urban Farm (Urban Growers Collective), will thrive through the collective power of our collaborators.

Powered by a group of community leaders, professionals and lifelong southwest side residents, our Strategic Advisory Council provides volunteer leadership and wide-ranging areas of expertise to guide Catalyst Southwest's development and community-led ethos.

We have assembled a diverse group of leaders with expertise in the fields of Urban Agriculture, Communications, Food Systems, Sustainability, Early Childhood, Healthy Schools, Law, Finance, Public Housing, Education, Community Engagement and Neighborhood Development.