Welcome

Skokie Cares is a community collaboration working to welcome and support everyone who lives in Skokie. Learn more about who we are, our projects, and how you can get involved by following the links below.

Equity & Diversity Seminars

SkokieCares is partnering with local community organizations to lead SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) seminars. The mission of the National SEED Project is to drive personal, organizational, and community change toward greater equity and diversity.

Through activities and conversations often stimulated by videos and readings, participants explore their own awareness and learning related to topics such as race, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual identity, abilities, and age, and how these factors currently impact their school, community, and/or workplace. By offering personal stories and reflection, listening to others' stories and reflections, and learning experientially and collectively, participants are challenged by SEED to deepen understanding of themselves and to connect their individual experiences to the wider systemic context. Individuals who complete this training often look for ways to help create more inclusive, just, and equitable communities.

The following are comments from previous participants of Skokie’s SEED initiative:

  • "I view the world very differently since participating in SEED. On a daily basis I am struck by some bias of my own or others. For myself, I work every day to overcome the biases I have and make choices both personally and professional that hopefully create a more equitable space for everyone."
  • "It has made it easier to speak up when I hear something or read something or see something that isn’t ok."
  • "I listen to others more deeply than before this training. I also have more empathy for people’s different points of view."
  • "At every opportunity, I share with my adult children, friends, church community, articles from the SEED curriculum."

Join a SEED Seminar

We are pleased to announce that there will be three cohorts starting in November 2020, each consisting of eight sessions as follows:

Cohort A. Wednesdays from 1-2:30 pm on November 4, December 2, January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, and May 26
Cohort B. Thursdays from 1-2:30 pm on November 5, December 3, January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, April 29, and May 27
Cohort C. Saturdays from 9-10:30 am on November 7, November 21, December 5, January 9, February 6, March 6, April 10, and May 8

If you are interested in participating in a SEED seminar, please complete the online application form no later than September 30, 2020. Please note that you will NOT be able to save your application partway through and return to it. Feel free to download this worksheet to review questions in advance of applying online.

Priority will be given to people who live, work, and/or who have children attending a Skokie school in the upcoming school year. You will be notified about your status by October 9, 2020.

Please note the following conditions for SEED participation:

  • Attendance policy: In order to build the trust among participants that is critical for open conversation, participants are allowed only one absence.
  • Technology: SEED sessions will be conducted online, unless there is a change in current health and safety conditions. All participants need access to the internet and a device with video. NOTE: A SMALL NUMBER OF DEVICES AND WIFI HOTSPOTS ARE AVAILABLE TO BORROW FOR THIS PURPOSE.
  • Homework: Participation in SEED includes homework between sessions, including readings, videos, and written personal reflections, to supplement learning and prepare for upcoming sessions.

We are committed to making SEED open to everyone, regardless of income. Therefore, there is no registration fee for individual participants. Organizations serving Skokie whose employees or board members participate in SEED will be charged tuition of $300 per participant to help offset the costs of running SEED cohorts. If you would like to make an individual donation to Skokie Cares, you may send a check to:

Skokie Park District
in memo line, please write that check is for Skokie Cares
℅ Michelle Tuft
9300 Weber Park place
Skokie, IL 60077

We hope you will join a SEED seminar as part of our community’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Show Your Support

Tell everyone that you support a welcoming community!

Download and print your own sign to hang in your window, in your business, on your locker, or anywhere else you want to show everyone that they’re welcome.

#SkokieCares

Kindness happens in small ways everyday around our community. Use #SkokieCares to Tweet or post pictures to Instagram of the people, places, and stories that show the caring you’ve witnessed or experienced in Skokie.

Community Partners

If your group or organization is interested in learning more about the SEED program, please contact us and let us know.

About Us

Skokie Cares is a collaborative group including organizations serving the Skokie community. Our primary purpose is to promote an equitable and welcoming community, through meaningful dialogue and action. Member organizations and their representatives include:

Dr. Steven Isoye Niles Township High School District 219
Margaret Clauson Skokie School District 69
Sabiha Patel ELL Parent Center
Richard Kong Skokie Public Library
John Lockerby Village of Skokie
Michelle Tuft Skokie Park District
Nancy Kim Phillips Skokie Public Library
Ann Raney Turning Point

To get in touch, please contact us at info@SkokieCares.org.