A NEW INVESTMENT EXPERIENCE FOR LOCAL LEADERS TO IMPACT
CHICAGO'S YOUTH AND COMMUNITIES.
Chicago Beyond introduces The Collective, our latest investment experience designed to support diverse leaders from various industries and neighborhoods who are creating new ways to impact youth and communities. The Collective brings together individuals to grow their ideas, products, or programs over a nine-month commitment from Chicago Beyond. The Collective includes Brandon Breaux, Tanya Lozano, Britney Robbins, and Steven Rosado.
The new investment experience was launched to unleash the power of a group individuals from across the city who are fighting to create opportunities for youth and communities of color in unique ways. The Collective is a way to stand boldly with local leaders and back their efforts to build a more just Chicago – from creatives leveraging visual art to shift narratives and stigma around mental health, to entrepreneurs developing tech platforms to advance criminal justice reform.
Throughout Chicago Beyond’s commitment to The Collective, members will have access to our new space, Chicago’s Home for Social Innovation, along with a network of thought partners, and tailored resources to grow and support their ideas.
The first Collective members were chosen based off their local roots; an idea, product, program, or service they want to grow or launch; their experience in their respective industry or issue area around their idea; and their desire for a collaborative learning opportunity.
MEET THE COLLECTIVE:
Brandon Breaux is a fine artist and designer. In 2019, Brandon launched the Invsbl-Space, a gallery and multiuse space on 85th & Cottage Grove that exists to creatively challenge the pre-existing narrative around "underserved" communities. He is widely known for having designed all three of Chance the Rapper’s album covers, and his recent work highlights the intersectionality of mental health and creative arts. Through The Collective, Brandon will be supported to grow the impact of Invsbl-Space and advance conversations around mental health and trauma and the arts.
Tanya Lozano is the Founder of Healthy Hood Chicago, a nonprofit fitness and dance studio that educates and trains students and residents in South and West Side neighborhoods about healthy eating, exercise, and preventative care. Healthy Hood offers affordable fitness classes and workshops, and provides free, fresh produce to community members from its onsite garden. Through The Collective, Tanya will be supported to grow the impact of Healthy Hood, and elevate narratives around health equity, food justice and Latinx issues.
Britney Robbins is the founder and CEO of Gray Matter Experience, a nonprofit organization founded in 2016 to help high school students of color learn about entrepreneurship and launch enterprises. Britney has worked in Chicago's entrepreneurship and tech community for the past five years with some of Chicago's top venture capital firms and incubators, including Sandbox Industries, Lightbank and 1871. Through the Collective, Britney will be supported to codify Gray Matter’s incubator program and develop new initiatives that enhance access to capital for communities and entrepreneurs of color.
Steven Rosado recently founded an independent consulting company where he leverages his background in youth equity work to provide advisory services to nonprofits and philanthropies on civic engagement, community outreach, participatory grantmaking, and racial equity. Steven has over 10 years of experience in the field of Youth Development with a focus on Social Justice and Policy. Through the Collective, Steven will be supported through the process of launching a podcast series that intends to address inequitable dynamics that exist between funders and grantees.