Chicago Beyond is a youth equity platform that fights to give young people the opportunity to achieve their fullest human potential.
youth eq⋅ui⋅ty plat⋅form - noun
A significant collection of assets mobilized to promote equity for youth.
Assets can include ideas, organizations, people, technology, etc.
Chicago Beyond is proud to launch its newest initiative, the Leadership Venture, a fellowship for high-potential community leaders, focused on tackling significant challenges facing Chicago’s youth.
The inaugural Leader in Residence is Dr. Nneka Tapia, a psychologist and the former Executive Director of the Cook County Department of Corrections. Throughout her career, Dr. Tapia has been driven by her own life experiences and passion for increasing mental health wellness for all people, especially those whose lives have been impacted by incarceration.
Over the next 18 months, in partnership with Chicago Beyond and the communities it serves, Dr. Tapia’s primary focus will be on young people whose parents have been incarcerated and what can be done to reduce the intergenerational cycle of incarceration, among other efforts. The venture will give Dr. Tapia the freedom and opportunity to leverage her expertise to create an impact for Chicago’s youth.
Click below to learn more from Chicago Beyond’s press release, read a featured article in the Chicago Sun-Times, and listen to Nneka’s story on David Axelrod’s podcast, The Axe Files.
guide our actions.
WE BELIEVE the holistic health and wellness of all families is crucial to strengthening communities.
WE BELIEVE the justice system should be just for all.
WE BELIEVE jobs build self-esteem, purpose and resilience in youth.
WE BELIEVE all children deserve access to a high quality public education with which they can succeed to their fullest abilities.
Since launching in 2016, we’ve been driven by these beliefs and have partnered with 12 local organizations working to improve life outcomes for young Chicagoans.
Together, we work hand-in-hand with our partners to ultimately grow their impact. From providing transformative funding, to strategic planning, to development, branding and communications supports - we design unique investment plans to help these organizations reach their goals.
Meet our current partners.
Storycatchers Theatre helps rebuild the lives of justice-involved youth through an intensive and reflective process of writing, producing, and performing original musical theatre inspired by their own personal stories. Chicago Beyond is working hand-in-hand with Storycatchers to grow the impact of their year-long post-release employment program.
Lawndale Christian Legal Center combines quality legal defense and holistic social services for youth facing legal charges, helping provide them a path away from the criminal justice system.
Youth Advocate Programs (YAP) provides high-risk youth and their families individualized, intensive, and direct services within the home and community settings. Chicago Beyond’s partnership allows YAP to pair 400 additional young Chicagoans with advocates to support their critical needs.
Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) fosters health, wellness, and healing in the inner-city by organizing for social change, cultivating the arts, and operating a holistic health center. Chicago Beyond invested in IMAN’s pilot youth leadership home to deepen their support system for young men in crisis.
The Dovetail Project reengages young fathers in the lives of their children, setting them on a path to success through education in parenting, life and job skills and felony street law. Chicago Beyond is supporting the program’s growth and capacity to serve 240 more young fathers on the South and West Sides of Chicago.
Healing Hurt People-Chicago is a hospital-based violence intervention program. It uses a trauma-informed approach to serve the holistic needs of youth who have been violently injured, so they can thrive emotionally, physically, and socially in their communities.
One Summer Chicago PLUS connects at-risk youth with a 20-hour a week summer job, a mentor, cognitive behavioral therapy and social skill building. Chicago Beyond’s investment created 3,000 jobs over the summer of 2017.
After School Matters (ASM) delivers paid after-school and summer program opportunities to more than 15,000 Chicago high school teens each year. Chicago Beyond’s investment directly supported their expansion to recruit and serve more young males.
Chicago Beyond’s investment in the CPS Auditorium Beautification Project provided 300 students in the highest risk situations with a year-round job, including training and mentorship.
OneGoal helps students get to and persist through college, starting on the first day of 11th grade through their first year of college. Chicago Beyond partnered with OneGoal to pilot a new model at four Chicago Public Schools that enabled a much greater number of students to participate, while concurrently expanding the development of the model locally and nationally.
Genesys Works Chicago provides pathways to career success for high school students through real life experiences in the professional world, workforce training, and paid internships.
SAGA Innovations, Inc. offers targeted, personalized math tutoring to students in the 9th and 10th grade who need it most.
Founder & CEO
From education to activism, Liz Dozier has spent her career working tirelessly to disrupt the culture of inequity that is often pervasive in urban neighborhoods. Her ambition and vision for Chicago Beyond is born from her experiences as an educator in Chicago Public Schools. During her tenure as principal at Fenger Academy High School, Liz and her team turned the school from one of the most violent and underperforming schools in Chicago to a leader in restorative justice practices, academic interventions and social emotional learning. Liz's work has been featured in various outlets such as the New York Times’ best-selling book, “How Children Succeed” by Paul Tough, CNN’s docu-series “Chicagoland,” and forums such as Aspen Ideas Festival, the Kennedy Center Forum on Mental Health and SXSW.
Moji is a Nigerian transplant to Chicago, with a passion for hospitality, storytelling, and community engagement. At the American Bar Association, she managed operational logistics for the Office of the President, served on the Staff Diversity Council, and assisted in identifying strategic opportunities for meetings and speaking engagements. At Chicago Beyond, Moji supports the team in various capacities.
Nikhil’s background is in global social change, where, while working in Africa as a senior analyst for McKinsey & Company, he was part of a team that developed innovative solutions designed to supply affordable solar energy to 1.5 million Kenyan households. As a Growth Associate at Chicago Beyond, Nikhil works closely with our partners to grow their impact, from serving as a thought-partner on critical issues to working on strategic and operational initiatives.
Steve’s passion lies in reducing violence and creating safe spaces for Chicago’s young people. A lifelong resident of the Roseland community, Steve has worked for over 20 years in direct services with youth. Most recently, Steve was a Director at Youth Advocate Programs, and played an integral role in implementing and executing the program in Chicago Public Schools. Now with Chicago Beyond, Steve has continued his work in Roseland to implement violence reduction strategies.
Director of Communications
A lifelong Chicagoan, Katie’s love for the city has guided her career to shape and tell stories that promote the well-being of all its citizens. From education to marriage equality, Katie has had the opportunity to craft communications strategies across multiple organizations and issue areas. She’s led media and branding efforts for Chicago Public Schools, the City Treasurer, and served as the Deputy Communications Director for the Governor of Illinois. Katie oversees Chicago Beyond’s communication efforts and ensures the team is creatively pushing its work forward in order to positively impact all of Chicago’s young people.
Hoan’s background is in social entrepreneurship and tech startups. He co-founded one of the first delivery platforms that directly connects consumers with local food producers in metropolitan areas across the country, in addition to helping create a social enterprise that was later acquired. As an Innovation Associate, Hoan helps identify promising ideas, approaches, and programs with whom Chicago Beyond can partner.
Summer Strategy Associate
José is a rising Junior at Harvard University where he is studying education reform. Underscoring his passion for education, during the school year, José serves as a coordinator for the Mission Hill After School Program, overseeing daily functions of a classroom of 5- and 6-year-old students. As a Summer Strategy Associate, José is working on a wide range of projects for Chicago Beyond.
Chief Strategy & Operations Officer
Eva is responsible for the strategy and operations of Chicago Beyond. Her previous experiences have positioned her well for this role – whether it was leading strategy, digital, and operations projects at McKinsey & Company or advising not-for-profit healthcare systems at Barclays. Eva’s commitment to fighting for young Chicagoans stems in large part from being one herself. Eva, born and raised in Chicago’s Chinatown, is a first-generation college graduate and a product of Chicago Public Schools.
Brand Innovation Manager
A Chicago native, Roger believes in using photography and video to amplify the voice of the voiceless. His five years as a Chicago Tribune multimedia producer showed Roger how necessary it is for the city to hear the stories of those who often fall out of sight and out of mind. In his role, Roger is making sure the work done by Chicago Beyond and its partners is heard loud and clear.
With a background in business and design-thinking, Ifeanyi has continuously worked to apply his passion and experience in an urban context. At PwC, Ifeanyi participated in a fellowship where he utilized human-centered design to partner with Detroit nonprofits and tackle issues such as transportation, health, and education. Later, Ifeanyi worked on several initiatives designed to foster local businesses, and attract investment for high-growth startups. As a Growth Associate at Chicago Beyond, Ifeanyi continues to apply his strategy background to help intensify the impact of Chicago Beyond’s partners.
Mambu previously served as the director of a start-up nonprofit in Atlanta where he developed and organized youth and community programs designed to help them transform their own communities for good. As an Innovation Manager at Chicago Beyond, Mambu helps lead the organization’s efforts to identify promising organizations with whom Chicago Beyond can partner.
Chief Marketing Officer
A former Executive Creative Director with Leo Burnett, Charley’s background lies in creating and leading marketing for brands like Allstate, Firestone and Marshall’s. At Chicago Beyond, Charley savors the opportunity to create a brand completely devoted to changing lives for the better. He is responsible for Chicago Beyond’s marketing and communications efforts.
Director of Growth
Nichole’s background is in strategy, and mergers and acquisitions, where, while working at PepsiCo, she spearheaded the Sabra hummus joint venture. Later, Nichole continued to hone her skills as the Chief Strategy Officer for a seed-stage technology start-up. She is passionate about social justice for the youth of Chicago. At Chicago Beyond, Nichole leads the Growth Team, which is responsible for working hand-in-hand with our partners to ultimately grow their impact.
Summer Strategy Associate
Kathryn is an incoming senior at the University of Chicago, where she studies the intersection of race, technology, and the posthuman through a dual degree in Economics and Anthropology. She strongly believes that empathy and cultural competency are integral in driving profound social impact. As a Summer Strategy Associate, Kathryn is working on several projects to holistically support Chicago Beyond's partners.
2018 Youth Equity Challenge
Thank you to all of Chicago Beyond’s 2018 Youth Equity Challenge applicants. The Challenge is now closed. This year, we were looking for nonprofit organizations with programs and approaches that support the well-being and safety of young people living in the city’s most economically fragile neighborhoods. Winner(s) will work hand-in-hand with our team to help grow their impact and reach more youth. Stay tuned to hear more from our team in the coming months.
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