Send Our Leaders To The Plate!

The 10th annual Our American Voice Summit is upon us, bigger and better than ever, this year taking place in two locations, the Illinois State House in Springfield and Guaranteed Rate Field (aka White Sox Park) in Chicago.  In a time when education budgets continue to be short-sightedly slashed, it's more important than ever that as many leaders of the next generation as possible get to experience this transformative event.  Our staff, long-term supporters, participating schools, teachers, even students are digging deep to provide the resources necessary, but we need your help--every $20 will bring another future slugger for Team America up to bat, and nothing you can spare is too small!

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Our American Voice® is heard across Illinois

From Wadsworth to Mattoon, from Danville to Peoria, from urban Chicago to rural Arcola, with suburban Berwyn in between, 26 schools from all over the state are participating in the 2017-18 program, with more being added. Through the Our American Voice website, participating teachers and students are able to get the latest curricula, share their projects, brainstorm with each other, get advice and support from OAV staff, and more…

Please consider supporting the expansion of this unique program that’s bringing hope and civility to our youngest citizens, our future. No donation is too small.

A few of the many ways OAV students have contributed to their communities include:

  • Raising money to make playgrounds universally accessible
  • Installing filters in their school water fountains
  • Cleaning and beautifying community cemeteries
  • Purchasing handicap ramps for their school’s library stage
  • Creating safety programs for their school
  • Starting recycling programs in their communities
  • Setting up free libraries for students in lower grades
  • Implementing tutoring programs

The schools participating in the 2017-2018 OUR AMERICAN VOICE® program making a difference in their communities, and hoping to join us in Springfield or Chicago include:

Arcola Junior High School in Arcola; Emerson, Hiawatha, Irving, Komensky, Pershing, and Piper Elementary Schools, Freedom and Heritage Middle Schools in Berwyn; Ella Flagg Young, Robert Healy, and St. Philip Neary Elementary Schools, Providence Englewood Charter School, and Little Black Pearl High School in Chicago; Oakwood Junior High School in Danville; Lester Elementary School in Downers Grove; Forest Park Middle School in Forest Park; Scott Elementary School in Melrose Park; Riddle Elementary School and Mattoon Middle School in Mattoon; Trewyn K-6 School in Peoria, Dubois and Fairview Elementary Schools in Springfield, Prairie Trail School in Wadsworth; Clearview Elementary School and Cristo Rey–St. Martin de Porres High School in Waukegan.

As we come to the end of another successful session, we have so many wonderful people to thank for making Our American Voice ® a quality civics experience for students across Illinois. 
 
Edward and Kris Kazemek who stepped up and provided us with a challenge grant.
 
Catherine Smith-Wilson, Kathleen Gillespie, Sandra A. Smith, Commissioner Debra Shore, and Robert Bicknell, who have joined in on the challenge, along with an anonymous donor who has supported the foundation and this program over the years.
 
We thank our teachers and dedicated staff – without them there would be no OAV.
 
And we thank all who stepped up on Giving Tuesday, and those who will support this challenge that has now increased to $18,000.  Please give, and join the voices of Ed, Kris, Cathy, Kathleen, Sandy, Debra, Robert, the OAV students and so many others who are raising their voices into action as we head into another election season.
  
"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” 
Albert Schweitzer

Our American Voice’s Summit Campaign

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