! EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO CORONA PREVENTION!
Due to our responsibility to the greater good we've made the collective decision to prevent further spread of the coronavirus, and postpone our event. We will stay updated on the developments and send out information about new dates as soon as we know more. We rest in the certainty that we can find sustainable solutions and move as gracefully as possible through this global challenge. for any questions, please send an email to
COMING TOGETHER AS ONE
IF WE CAN CHANGE OUR MINDS WE CAN CHANGE OUR COMMUNITIES
This day-long event will explore an inspiring approach to community change from a holistic perspective. Three different non profits that work in the areas of rehabilitation for incarcerated men, women and juveniles, youth education, foster care, and teens and parents in communities with high rates of gun violence have all found that education about the mind and innate resilience has led to profound, sustainable and far-reaching change. They will share how empowering healthy minds is what can create healthy communities and bring positive change to our systems, like criminal justice, foster care and schools.
GRASSROOTS, YOUTH AND PARENT PROGRAMS
Delivered by: One Solution Foundation
EDUCATION AND FOSTER CARE SYSTEM
Delivered by: The Spark Initiative
Delivered by: The Insight Alliance
WHO IS THIS EVENT FOR?
This event is all about supporting the amazing work that people and organizations are already doing in their communities. The methodology we will explore at this event can amplify the speed and sustainability of your organization's impact. You will also discover how we can partner and provide resilience and wellbeing programs for you and your beneficiaries.
Are you part of a business that cares about its social impact?...and also its own bottom line? We have a saying: We help your business, you help the world. The method of change explored in this event is not only helpful to families, schools and the criminal justice system, but also in business. In this event, you will learn how you can support greater well-being in the community...and may just change how you do business yourself.
TEACHERS AND EDUCATORS
If your job is to help people learn or to develop social-emotional life skills, this event is for you. We will show you how to create holistic and sustainable shifts of mind in your students or mentees, as well as your teachers and staff. You'll have an opportunity to hear from fellow educators who have successfully shared an evidence-based curriculum that's had dramatic positive results in some of the toughest schools across the nation.
Foundations look for the most promising interventions and results. In this event, we will show you first-hand examples and data on how a shift of mind and increase in resilience and wellbeing is the most leveraged key to creating change. (Including, but not limited to: reducing violence, improving mental health, impulse control in students, employment rates, increase in engagement and innovation, reducing recidivism-rates and more).
SUPPORTERS AND FUNDERS
We strongly believe that what we will be sharing at this event is the most leveraged point of intervention for creating positive change. We have a proven methodology, a high success rate, and an innovative approach. With increased resources and funding we can multiply and scale our impact significantly. Please consider attending to learn how you can be a part of helping us grow.
CHANGEMAKERS AND INNOVATORS
While groups of people and organizations can create a huge impact, we also know that movements and impact are often created on the backs of individuals. We aim to provide the support, insight, and jet-pack to accelerate leaders, innovators and people looking to make a change in their communities and the world. If you are such a person, this event is for you!
Hear the personal stories, methodology and impact that can lead to sustainable, collective community change.
9:30-9:50 INTRODUCTION TO COLLECTIVE COMMUNITY CHANGE
Michael Nimmo, Dajohn White, Eirik Olsen
We will be exploring, through panel talks and Q&A, a hopeful, scalable, and financially viable methodology for facilitating an internal shift in mind that catalyzes change in external communities and systems. Truly sustainable, community-wide change is possible. With collaboration, support, funding, and more training of community-based facilitators, this methodology can create deep, lasting change in Chicago and beyond. The day’s presentations will be led by the participants and facilitators of these programs who can share firsthand experience of how persistent challenges that can seem impossible to change begin to transform when people unlock the capacity of their minds to think anew.
9:50-10:35 WORKING TOGETHER WITH TEENS AND PARENTS TO CREATE SAFER COMMUNITIES
Dajohn White, Patrick Jimmar, Krystal Burns, Mara Gleason Olsen
Hear local south side Chicago teens and a parent discuss how their own shift of mind is what is helping them bring greater peace and engagement into their own lives as well as starting their own community-based organization, the Rebels for Peace, to help more teens, families and schools. Speakers will share an inspired vision for how to help Chicago become less violent, more unified and healthier overall.
Stretch your legs and grab a beverage
Coffee & tea provided
10:45-11:15 TRANSFORMING THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM
Julie Whitten and Brooke Reece, including video of impact
Julie Garrity-Whitten has extensive experience working with children and families in foster care as she has led her team in providing S.P.A.R.K.,an evidence-based resilience and wellbeing curriculum, to over 200 youth who are in out-of-home placements. She continues to be amazed by the changes staff and youth are making as they gain an understanding of their mind and thoughts which in turn changes their behavior and the trajectory of their lives.
11:15-12:00 CREATING A BETTER EDUCATION SYSTEM BY BRINGING THE SPARK BACK TO STUDENTS AND TEACHERS.
Ashley Hunt plus video of impact
For the last 5 years, S.P.A.R.K, an evidence-based resilience and wellbeing curriculum, has worked with more than 125 schools and organizations and 1000s of students across the country. Through extensive evaluation and research, an understanding of the mind taught via the S.P.A.R.K program has been proven to increase mental well-being, impulse control, and resilience in young people, while simultaneously increasing competencies such as communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills.
12:00-1:00 LUNCH BREAK
We encourage people to stick around for informal conversation and networking
Light lunch provided or feel free to bring your own
1:00-1:45 HEALING THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM BY HEALING OURSELVES.
Anna Debenham, Michael Nimmo, Se7yn
This panel discussion with Se7yn, Michael, and Anna, from the Insight Alliance in Portland OR will share the incredible results of a prison-based program that not only shows that anyone can heal, no matter their background or past experiences, but that healed people become part of healing systems.
1:45-2:45 Q&A WITH PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
A chance to share your ideas and ask your questions of the program participants and facilitators that you’ve heard from today.
Stretch your legs and grab a beverage
Coffee & tea provided
3-3:45 INSPIRATION INTO ACTION!
Eirik Olsen, Brooke Reece, Michael Nimmo
Holistic community change is possible.
How to Get Involved:
-Do you want to bring this work into your community?
-Do you want to do the work yourself?
- Do you want to partner with us?
-Do you want to refer an individual or organization?
-Do you want to financially support the work, or know of funding opportunities?
Founder, Insight Alliance
MARA GLEASON OLSEN
Co-Founder, One Solution Foundation
Founder, Rebels for Peace and Youth Leader, One Solution Foundation
Executive Director, S.P.A.R.K. Initiative
Rebels for Peace, One Solution Foundation and Founder of LAO
Program Supervisor for S.P.A.R.K. of Duval
Co Founder and Director, One Solution Foundation
Director of Program Development at S.P.A.R.K
ABOUT THE IOS COLLECTIVE
The IOS collective is a collaboration of non profits working with the people in our own communities of Chicago, Tampa and Portland in the areas of criminal justice, youth, education, foster care and anti sex trafficking. What we have seen through our own work, is that healthy, productive communities, regardless of location, all have a few things in common:
A sense of well-being across all facets of a community.
Individuals within the community who are able to look past their perceived limitations and see, within themselves, opportunities to create the changes needed in their own backyard.
IN PERSON IN CHICAGO OR VITUAL LIVESTREAM
This event is hosted in at 1452 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615 at the POLSKY ECHANGE FOR FREE, but because we want to reach more people we are also opening up virtual livestreaming tickets for an optional donation. That means you can be part of this event form the comfort of your own home.