City Incite Inc.

A 501(c)(3) organization based in Chicago that enriches lives, develops leaders, and uplifts communities

The City of Chicago is like a “Tale of Two Cities.”  

One of the most staggering disparities is the unemployment rate difference amongst races. 

Studies show an undeniable correlation between poverty and crime. 

“Persons in poor households at or below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) had more than double the rate of violent victimization as persons in high-income households.”

“Persons in poor households had a higher rate of violence involving a firearm  compared to persons above the FPL”

         -According to a 2014 report by the US Dept. of Justice

Unemployment Rates

  • Percentage Unemployed

Children Raised in Single Parent Homes (Illinois)

  • Percentage of homes

We believe that to combat these stats and create sustainable change - a disruption has to take place.

Leaders have to be developed.

These 4 elements are critical to that development…

Hope

There is a scarcity of hope in many neighborhood across America.  In Chicago in particular, many of our citizens are simply doing whatever it takes to “make it”.

This “just get by” mentality has been passed down for generations and has become the norm.  Too often this way of thinking replaces hopefulness which is a vital resource needed for overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds.

Our job is to provide hope to youth and adults.  Currently we focus the majority of our efforts on depressed neighborhoods on the South Side of Chicago.

Skills

 Soft Skills – Hard Skills – Middle Skills

Many people believe that the skills gap in America is a big reason for high unemployment rates and lack of opportunities for lower income individuals.  While schools do what they can to prepare youth for college and career life, they have standards and curriculum that must be adhered to.

City Incite works with schools and partner organizations to provide supplemental programming for students to help boost their skills in technology, business, critical thinking, public speaking, and many other areas.

Knowledge

Our surveys have shown that many students become disengaged with school because they do not think the content is relevant to their lives.

If knowledge is the key to success, how can our youth be successful without it?

As educators, we are challenged to innovate and explore ways to engage students and encourage them to take ownership of their progress.

There are many ways to gain knowledge. City Incite infuses logic, creativity, and innovative thinking into our program development process. We also focus on taking time help youth connect what they are learning to how it will help them in the future.

Opportunity

Opportunity – (noun) A set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something. 

We regularly remind both youth and adults that, “Life is a combination of adversity and opportunity”

When you are not taught to seek out and identify opportunity; all you can really see is the adversity that you are forced to endure.

We help teach people to seek out and even create their own opportunities.

When we believe in ourselves and have hope that we can succeed and mix that with skills and knowledge, we can then create opportunity for ourselves and others.

Mission

City Incite is a non-profit organization that incites people from all walks of life to actively work together to help enrich the lives of others.

Mission Statement

City Incite is a non-profit organization that incites people from all walks of life to actively work together to help enrich the lives of others. City Incite implements fundamental programming, and creates engaging events that spark an open dialogue and raises awareness about various social and economic inequalities in order to organically create positive changes in the world.

City Incite works closely with inner city youth that face economic inequalities throughout the City of Chicago. We work with them to coordinate empowering projects that will impact their community. It is important for the youth to know that they have a voice and we are counting on them to be our future leaders.

City Incite develops and administers fundamental programing that uplifts, teaches, and incites children, teens, adults, & seniors.

City Incite Programs

City Incite develops and administers fundamental programing that uplifts, teaches, and incites children, teens, adults, and seniors. Our programs have gotten accepted into numerous Chicago Public High Schools, After School Matters, Chicago Housing Authority senior care centers, and various private community outreach organizations