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Board of Directors


Name:                                          Affiliation:


Tim Wais                                    Tim Wais Consulting

Gussie Daniels                          YMCA

John Doll                                   Attorney at Law (retired)

Urvashi Verma                          @Properties

Garret Wais                               Cook County, Forest Preserve

Fernando Jones                        Columbia College

Samuel Akainyah                     City College of Chicago

Michiko Kobayashi                   HumanThread

People at HumanThread 


Michiko Kobayashi, Director

MA Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

Ashley Stone, Director of After School Education

MA Sociology,  DePaul University

Margaret Paulson, After School Curriculum Development  Support

MA Int'l Comparative Education, Stanford University

Jeanette Thompson, Director of Art Education

MA Educational Theatre, New York University

Grace Hammond, Grant-Writer

BA Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago

Jean Estrada, Host, OpenMind OpenMic

Gyasi Ayo Kress, Host, OpenMind OpenMic

Scott Renfro, Curating & Graphic design support

Melissa Marquez, Graphic design support


Our programs are supported by the generosity of the following entities:



2012 CAAP (Community Arts Assistance Program) Grant, City of Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency

Illinois Arts Council 

Leo S. Guthman Fund

Puffin Foundation Ltd



WHOLE FOODS - South Loop


PROGRAM PARTNERS of the current and the past include:


The Public Square, a program of  the Illinois Humanities Council

The Metro Board of the Chicago Urban League

Muslim-American Society

Center on Halsted

Rainbow Push Coalition/Push Excel


IIC - Investing In Community

Black Star Project

Chicago Fringe Festival

Neighborhood Writing Alliance

Association House

Expanded Anti-Violence Initiative (Chicago Police Dept.)

Civic Knowledge Project - Humanities Div. of  University of Chicago



Illinois Institute of Technology: Stuart School of Business

ACE (Advancing Career Education)

Northwestern University, SCNO (Students Consulting for Non-Profit Organizations)

DePaul University 

Irvin W. Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning

Student Interns from a Course work

"Perspectives on Peace, Justice, and Conflict  Studies"

University of Illinois Chicago (interns)


After School Programs
Hyde Park Academy High School
Kenwood Academy
Fenger High School
Tilden Career Academy High School
Penn Elementary
King Elementary
& more

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