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Good News: August 9, 2019

Welcome to Good News! In this space we feature positive stories of community impact and development, relevant to the areas Metropolitan serves or the programs we offer.

In his beloved Englewood, an internationally known jazz musician hosts drum circles during the violent summer months
Chicago Tribune
This marks the fourth summer that Dawkins has been leading drumming circles in Chicago parks — primarily in Englewood, the South Side neighborhood where he has lived for many years.

Rebuild Foundation awarded $1.6 million from Chicago’s Neighborhood Opportunity Fund to repurpose vacant St. Laurence school into an arts incubator
The Gate Newspaper
Rebuild Foundation, the arts, education and cultural development organization committed to transforming urban communities, today announced a $1.6 million grant award from Neighborhood Opportunity Fund to revitalize and repurpose the shuttered St. Laurence school into an arts and business incubator in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood.

YWCA helps young men avoid violence
This summer groups of teen boys from Evanston and Skokie are spending time in classes designed to help adolescent males take an in-depth look at themselves and grow into the non-violent adults they want to be.