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  • 1. State Cuts Rally 1 Upstart Nonprofit Rekindles Flame of Dreams Deferred FROM: Icarus-E Nonprofit Organization 6229 S. Justine St., Chicago, IL. 60636 CONTACT: Jeffery Massey, Sr., Executive Director (Phone: 773-476-9049) For Immediate Release Wednesday, July 15, 2009 Icarus-E Rally Protest Social Service Cuts Today at noon, an upstart nonprofit organization located near 63rd and Ashland held a social service cuts policy rally in front of its vacant lot turned memorial site named for recently slain 7th District Police Officer Alejandro “Alex” Valadez. As a part of Icarus-E’s Urban Farming and violence-free homesteads, prospering vegetable-flower gardens, tended to by participants in their Homeless Student’s Initiative, now represent the hope for a better tomorrow. The face of promised hope is reflected in the story of Deirdre Dangerfield, a 15-year-old student at Gage Park H.S., who began in January 09‟ dropping out of school after the imprisonment of her single parent mother for drugs and prostitution. With no other able family members available to give shelter and food, she turned to doubling up with another friend whose gangaffiliated lifestyle began to lure her towards a life of crime and habitual homelessness. Right before she‟d totally given up hope, outreach workers from Icarus-E became aware of her plight after school officials involved with our education liaison designated her with an „at-risk‟ status. Within days, Deirdre was assessed, processed and initiated into our homeless student initiative programming. As well, the friend‟s family unit was encouraged to also begin entry into our family intervention support unit. Today, Deirdre is a perfect attendance student actively engaged in our „Urban Farming’, „Quasar‟ school curriculum assistance, housing assistance, urban post traumatic stress interventions and healthcare well-being programs. Deirdre credits Icarus-E‟s quick response crisis management units for “…coming on in to places no one else cares for and saving me,” she
  • 2. said. With a unique and innovative approach to viewing homelessness and poverty conditions as immediate public health emergencies Icarus-E vies to get positive results in a pessimistic environment. “Morale in this neighborhood is the first major casualty affecting atrisk students in Englewood‟s crime-ridden, impoverished ghetto,” said Assistant Executive Director Ronald Barnes. „Most kids,” he reflected “have given up hope of ever participating in the „American Dream.‟ But now the spark of hope and –morepromise of support and guidance,” he admonished “allows youngsters to chase their dreams and become citizens with constructive contributions, as with our new Urban Farming program, to their community and families.” “The nation cannot prosper long,” President Obama stated during his inaugural speech, “when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity, on the ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart—not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.” With swift and wise actions from state policymakers at stake, Englewood’s Nonprofit upstart Icarus-E prompted the public to shout its outrage and declare the need for immediate action by an Illinois General Assembly that remains deadlocked on approving a state budget. The nonprofit, which carries out its mission to give social service support in one of Chicago’s most dangerous areas, to Chicago Public School students impacted by poverty, homelessness and third-world dropout rates, specifically asked leaders to address the community’s needs. There are 661,871 people or 8.0% of Illinoisans, according to Heartland Alliance‟s “2009 Chicago Poverty Report” living between 150% and 200% of the federal poverty threshold. A startling 10,642 homeless students, the report said, were identified in Chicago Public Schools last school year. This was a 35% increase in 5 years. “Homeless children experience disruptions in their education, leading to irregular school attendance and poor academic achievement” the report stated. For more information, you may contact Icarus-E Executive Director Jeffery Massey, Sr. (773476-9049 or E-mail: jmasseysr7@aim.com). -30Course Project Press Release-Module 12 MSNM Writing for the Professions-Dr. Karin Baird & Prof. Sally Chapralis Jeffery Massey, Sr. & Ronald Barnes