• How We Continue That Work On The Individual and
    Organizational Level via #TheLibertyProject

    Empowering Individuals

    21st Century Tech Skills brought to you by BLUE1647

    The best way to break the cycle of poverty, prison and violence is to give people a real alternative. Our youth already love technology, why not build on that and teach them the skills needed to get the well-paying jobs of today and tomorrow?

    #TheLibertyProject, via BLUE1647, does exactly that.


    Relevant data:

    • More than 10,000 men, women, and youth trained
    • 95% of those served are underrepresented in tech
    • Exciting outcomes range from trainees becoming trainers and fully-employed at firms to receiving scholarships and starting their own businesses

    Know Your Rights & Criminal Record Legal Remedy Seminars

    Training alone isn't enough if people still face legal barriers and discrimination. That's why members of the Social Change team also provide the materials and training necessary to know their rights and pursue the legal remedies necessary to avoid being denied opportunities simply because of past mistakes.


    Relevant data:

    • More than 50 seminars have been held throughout the state
    • More than 1,000 people have received the training to date
    • More than 1,000 have received necessary legal assistance

    Service & Advocacy

    Empowerment isn't about giving anyone anything, it's about helping people realize the power they already have.

    Via #TheLibertyProject, participants also are given the space and resources to:

    1. Call out injustices,
    2. Develop a plan to address them; and,
    3. Take the steps necessary to right those wrongs.

    This can mean anything from having a food and clothing drive to feed those who are without to developing and advocating for alternatives to the policies responsible people for being without food and clothes in the first place.

    Film & Fun

    The revolution will be televised. . .

    The journey to finding and harnessing one's voice is inspiring. . .and fun.

    So, #TheLibertyProject also provides the basic film training necessary for people to document their story, their growth, and their liberation.


    For those who are comfortable, they can share their films via social media and/or have their films considered for screening at the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival; for others, the film produced will serve as a resource to help remind them of how far they've come. . .and far they can go.