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Event Mon Oct 13 2014

Chicago Community Trust Releases On The Table Report

The Chicago Community Trust organized numerous dialogues, occurring in every neighborhood of Chicago, on May 12, called On the Table. The dialogues centered on "how to collaboratively build and maintain strong, safe and dynamic communities." A report was released last Tuesday highlighting the results of the dialogues.

The conversations, which commemorated the Trust's 99th anniversary, had a large impact according to a report released by the Trust. [PDF] The report highlighted that about 11,500 participants attended 1100 mealtime discussions, which reached every zip code in Chicago and occurred in other communities in the Chicago area.

The four main themes addressed at On the Table were collaboration, community and social inclusion, community engagement and education.

A majority of attendees were female, African American and from Chicago. 27.8% of those participating in On the Table were from outside the city.

There was strong participation in Oak Park, Waukegan, Evanston and Highland Park.

Among the conclusions the Trust took away from the results of On the Table was an interest in "community engagement, equity and social inclusion, and collaboration."

Overwhelmingly, education was a main topic discussed at the back-and-forths with 54.9 percent of those surveyed saying they discussed the theme.

The Trust announced in September it will cultivate six ideas using groups of On the Table participants with "complementary ideas." The projects involve asset mapping, connecting youth with opportunities in sustainability and green industry, opportunity hubs to "revitalize vacant properties," a roadmap to help empower parents in the CPS to improve their schools, create sister neighborhoods in the city and create safe spaces on blocks, according to the report's website.

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