In the Frunchroom: Michelle “Chellee” Rashad

We’re thrilled to be back at the Beverly Arts Center this Thursday with five more storytellers.

Michelle “Chellee” Rashad is raised and rooted in the Greater Englewood community. She is a compassionate leader on a mission to revitalize her neighborhood by investing in youth development and strengthening the support systems of families to build a more prosperous community.

As the fearless leader of Imagine Englewood if (IEi), Michelle has redesigned and developed youth programs to provide trauma-informed care, leveraged strategic partnerships to expand supportive services and activated vacant lots in the community to promote healthy living.

She helped build the award-winning, and nationally recognized, Greater Englewood Toastmasters Club, enhancing the communication and facilitation skills of residents and local leaders. She has developed valuable connections between students and community partners as the Appointed Local School Council’s community representative for Lindblom Math & Science Academy (her alma mater).

Her community-organizing superpower helped resurrect her block club after over 20 years of inactivity. As president of The Great 68th block club, she fosters community among her neighbors, curates safe activities for youth, and addresses public safety concerns in collaboration with law enforcement and local government officials. As a recognition of her heart work, Michelle was honored by the Chicago Foundation of Women as the recipient of their 2021 Pioneer Impact Award.

Michelle is most fulfilled by spending time with her family and being fun Auntie Chellee. She graduated from Howard University with a bachelor of arts in Telecommunication Management and Business Administration and is currently a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Chicago Chapter). Michelle is a graduate of Black Bench Chicago and the Civic Leadership Academy fellowship at the University of Chicago.

And she’s at The Frunchroom this Thursday at 730pm at the Beverly Arts Center. Brought to you by The Beverly Area Arts Alliance.

A $5 donation is requested at the door, which benefits the Alliance and the BAC.

Read more about this edition of The Frunchroom here.

RSVP on Facebook here.

About Scott Smith

Chicagoan, husband, father, writer.
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