CHANGING WORLDS

Rating: 5 stars   8 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Arts & Culture, Education, Race

Location: 329 W 18th St Ste 506 Chicago IL 60616 USA

Mission: Changing Worlds’ mission is to foster inclusive communities through oral history, writing and art programs that improve student learning, affirm identity and enhance cross-cultural understanding.
Results: http://changingworlds.org/what-the-results-show-165.html
Target demographics: grades K-12, teachers, and community members

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Rating: 5 stars  

Changing Worlds is a unique and wonderful non-profit organization! Not only does it show through the hard work and dedication of their staff, but of all the teachers and volunteers involved in the programs. Everyday you can see the difference their programs make in the schools of Chicago through cross-cultural arts education! The programs really broaden the horizons of the youth who get to experience the programs and also give them a new view on their history, other cultures and family backgrounds.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have heard many stories from the children, their families and the teacher of how much Changing Worlds has affected their lives in a positive way!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not a thing!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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4 people found this review helpful

After hearing of the mission of Changing Worlds, I made it a point to learn more about the organization and realized that their mission was closely aligned with that of my University (Roosevelt University) and my own personal beliefs. I met with the Executive Director to discuss the possibility of becoming involved and am now a board member. At a time when Chicago is seeing more diversity in its schools and its communities but less tolerance and understanding of these diverse cultures, Changing Worlds is taking the lead as an organization that is trying to address this problem. Changing Worlds effectively uses the Arts and Oral Histories to help students and community members understand not only their own culture and roots but the culture of others. They highlight not the differences but the similarities that we all share. With knowledge comes an acceptance of "different" and a curiosity that brings people together. Most importantly, Changing Worlds not only provides these services but this dedicated group of professionals also train teachers to continue this work when they are gone. This is a wonderful organization and I am proud and honored to serve on its board.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The art work and written histories of the students portraying their family stories.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find them great donors.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The camaraderie and dedication of the board members and volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate about the mission of the organization and the work done in the schools.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world!

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to be more involved.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the need for more members who can assist with the mission and better funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Changing Worlds changes lives!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I had an opportunity to work closely with CW and participated in some of the school projects they initiated with teachers. The integration of art into the literacy experience was so powerful. And the culminating events that included families were always very touching--seeing people who could very well have felt marginalized in the public school system were instead having their stories and their heritage celebrated. Every one of us was richer for the experience--the students in how they broadened their understanding of others, how they re-presented their experiences through art, and how they worked through a rigorous process for writing their family stories; the teachers in how they gained deeper insights to the students with whom they worked as well as some practices (such as integrating the arts) that enhanced the literacy experience; the families in their strengthened connections with the school community. I recently invited CW to come and speak to my graduate students, because I wanted them to learn about the many ways they might incorporate their students' heritage into literacy projects, and about the way one organization leads the way in doing this.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...how empowering the activities are for the students and their families.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

...dedicated, sensitive to the needs of classroom teachers and their students, and knowledgeable about teaching writing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I am so impressed by Changing Worlds. It is a professionally managed non-profit with a very dedicated set of volunteers, staff & board members. Their work really makes a difference in the schools and communities they operate

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and very passionate about the work they do

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand into 8 more majopr cities and impact more than 500,000 community members

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I work for Changing Worlds as an art teacher. I love to work with them because they really support my work and are always ready to give me any tools to be a better professional.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Competent and friendly

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Entreprneurial, engaged with communities, thoughtful, effective and makes a real difference -- outcomes! Some of the words I use to describe Changing Worlds and the true difference the organization makes.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the impact of their work with a broad range of stakeholders and the highly effective way they operate.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I have worked with Changing Worlds for two years and I am impressed with the organization's ambition to grow, its commitment to students, and its appreciation of the arts in schools and in the community. As a teaching artist, I feel supported by my colleagues and by the leaders in the organization.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with fellow literacy specialists and teaching artists. Changing Worlds hires experienced staff; it's exciting to be a part of the collaboration and idea sharing at meetings.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach out to more schools in Chicago to develop ongoing residencies. Time is always a factor for the organization. If CW had more money, they could create all-year programs in partnership with CPS, as opposed to 10 week residencies.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I have had the pleasure of working with the staff and management at Changing Worlds since 2006. It is by far one of the more exemplary mid-sized non-profits that I have seen in my many years as a consultant and manager. Changing Worlds has a winning oombination of progressive, very talented and committed staff and Board members that believe in its mission to connect cultures through the arts.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Excellent management with a team approach that encourage productivity at all levels.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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