Metropolitan Area Group for Igniting Civilization (MAGIC) works with youth in Woodlawn to nurture their identities and help them build for the future. Adults often make decisions about youth without including youth – that’s like a doctor prescribing medicine for a patient without asking their symptoms. We put youth at the center, making decisions about their own lives. Crossroads Fund plays a critical role supporting this kind of youth-led organizing. – Bryan Echols, Metropolitan Area Group for Igniting Civilization.
All of the social justice issues that affect Chicago impact youth in unique ways. That’s why Crossroads Fund launched our Youth Fund for Social Change. Our grantmaking committee for the fund is made up of young people and their allies. Through the Youth Fund we’ve funded youth addressing issues of violence, sexuality and reproductive health, immigration, and racism in innovative and creative ways.
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