Chicago Beyond believes in the importance of mental wellness for young Chicagoans and so much more needs to be done to ensure equitable access to supports for all of Chicago’s youth. Join us at events across Chicago to learn and discuss how trauma & mental health supports are crucial for our city and our youth. Come out and back the fight, learn, and engage with us in conversations throughout the month of May. #WhoDoYouReallySee

MAY 8 Standing Together: A Conversation About Equity Hosted by The Heartland Alliance

7:45AM – 9:45AM  – Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph Street, Claudia Cassidy Theater

Hear a panel of women leaders discuss how gender shapes people’s life opportunities and outcomes and what more we can do to bring about equity and opportunity for all. Chicago Beyond’s Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia will talk specifically about incarcerated women and the trauma that led them to incarceration and the additional trauma they experience while detained. Click here to register.

MAY 14 JPA Premiere Screening of Broken Places, A New Film About Equity

6:30PM – 8:30PM  – Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln Avenue

Watch Broken Places, a film that poses questions about the complex impact of trauma on children and how it effects their lives as adults. Stay for a community discussion with Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia and Karen G. Foley, CEO of Juvenile Protection Agency, as they talk about how everyone can get involved in helping children who experience trauma, abuse and neglect so they can heal and go on to lead productive lives. Click here to register.

MAY 17 UNICEF Unite for Children Summit

10:30AM – TechNexus, 20 N. Upper Wacker Dr #1200

The summit aims to educate and empower anyone who wants to make the world a better place for our children. Join Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia in a panel discussion about how gang violence is claiming children’s lives and causing irreparable trauma in Chicago and worldwide. Find out how you can get involved with what UNICEF and its partners are doing to stop the spread of violence. Click here to register.

MAY 20 Who Do You Really See? A Conversation with Alex Kotlowitz and Liz Dozier

6:00PM – 8:00PM – You Are Beautiful HQ, 3368 N. Elston Avenue

Join Liz Dozier, Founder of Chicago Beyond in conversation with award-winning journalist Alex Kotlowitz about his latest book, An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago. They will discuss the other side of a Chicago summer for youth living in some of the city’s turbulent neighborhoods, what inspired Kotlowitz to write the book, and stories of the young people he profiled throughout. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Also tour You Are Beautiful’s new space. Click here to register.