Kim Jackson, Executive Director, Lawndale Christian Development Corporation (lcdc.net) asked me to invite you on behalf of Alderman Michael Chandler (24th Ward), St. Anthony's Hospital and LCDC to meet with Bill Strickland, MacArthur fellow, member of President Barack Obamas' White House Council for Community Solutions, who recently lit up Chicago Ideas Week talking about how he has been rebuilding hope and reconnecting Pittsburgh's inner city to the regional economy. On December 14, Bill is meeting with key Chicago business, political and community leaders to talk about replicating his successful youth arts and technology training program, in North Lawndale, with LCDC.
Leading companies, community leaders and entrepreneurs like Pixar, Cleveland Clinic, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, Jeffery Skoll, E-Bay and Participant Media; James Hackett, Steelcase; Carlton Highsmith, Paperworks and SPG; and Michael Dell, Dell Computers are working with Bill to replicate his 40 year-old Manchester Bidwell Corporation in San Francisco, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Boston, Vancouver, Grand Rapids, Austin, and New Haven, Connecticut.
MBC is a nationally accredited career training center that offers seven majors in: 1) Specialized Technology Chemical Laboratory Technician, 2) Culinary Arts, 3) eMA: Electronic Record Medical Assistant, 4) Horticulture Technology, 5) Medical Claims Processor, 6) Medical Coder Office Technology, and 7) Pharmacy Technician. These programs enjoy a 68% completion rate and 73% placement rate.
Strickland has been honored with numerous prestigious awards for his contributions to the arts and the community including the 2011, Goi Peace Prize by the Tokyo Goi Peace Foundation. In 1996, he received with the MacArthur “Genius” Award for leadership and ingenuity in the arts.
LCDC is a ministry of Lawndale Community Church, that develops affordable housing in Chicago's North Lawndale community. Since 1987, it has developed $80 million in affordable housing, provided computer training and access for residents, and engaged in community organizing with local block clubs, faith-based and community-based organizations.
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