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Green ReEntry Home’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Our Neighborhood, Our Vision: Reimagining Chicago Lawn

April: Month of Policy Action for Youth Council

IMAN in Media

Reporter"[N]eighbors are discovering that the same people who once caused harm to the neighborhood were capable of rebuilding it," writes The Chicago Reporter in a story titled, Ex-inmates help revitalize community, get 'humanity back'. Read More

IMAN Events

Community Café: ReEntry - The next Café will be on Saturday, May 24, at the Parkway Ballroom. There will be performances from Khalil Ismail, Fathy Salama and others.

Jum'ah Khutbah by Usama Canon
Join us at 1 PM this Friday, May 9 at the IMAN Youth and Arts Wellness Center.

IMAN Programs

Each OneEach One Teach One: These monthly sessions are geared for young people to have a space of peace, develop relevant skills in a fun way, and get to know youth from other communities. Follow up with Shamar Hemphill for more info.

Recent IMAN Grants

We would like to thank the following foundations for their generous support:
Chicago Community Trust
 - For the Health Clinic
Chicago Community Trust
 - For Arts and Culture
The Pillars Fund
 - For capacity building

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An IMAN Update

Green ReEntry Home’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

By IMAN Staff

Green ReEntryEveryone from the Fairfield Elementary School marching band to the City’s Department of Planning Commissioner, Andy Mooney, joined together on Monday, April 28, with IMAN’s Green ReEntry crew, and representatives from Al Faisal Without Borders and the Qatari Embassy in Washington, DC to celebrate in a momentous and highly symbolic occasion. The formal ribbon cutting ceremony for IMAN Green ReEntry’s second home, at 6210 S. Fairfield, acknowledged the tremendous efforts of a very unconventional project that from the very beginning went way beyond the confines of a typical bricks and mortar project. Read More

Our Neighborhood, Our Vision: Reimagining Chicago Lawn

By Janice Bond - Director Arts & Culture IMAN

On The TableOn Monday, May 12, IMAN will be one of the hundreds of sites across the Chicagoland area hosting a community discussion as part of the Chicago Community Trust’s (CCT) On The Table campaign.  These conversations are being held on the 99th Anniversary of this important community foundation. IMAN has a long history as a grant recipient and partner with the CCT, and our Executive Director, Rami Nashashibi, sits on the steering committee of this important city-wide event. Read More

April: Month of Policy Action for Youth Council

By Shamar Hemphill - Youth & Organizing Director IMAN

Youth Council This past month of April, IMAN staff and youth leaders were really busy, in Springfield and Downtown Chicago, pushing on three pieces of legislation: Juvenile Arrest Expungement (HB 4084), Common Sense School Discipline (SB 3004/HB 4655), and Youth Employment Funding. These particular bills are very important for IMAN’s youth leaders and for the overall community on the City’s Southwest Side; the work to try and pass these bills, and their passage, will allow our youth leaders to make progress toward a better future for themselves and their communities.  IMAN’s Youth Council has been leading all of our efforts to make sure these three bills get support from key legislators; the Youth Council has also had critical support in these efforts from our adult leaders. Read More