Bud Billiken Day Parade and Picnic

NRCI made its first appearance at the 83rd Annual Bud Billiken Day Parade & Picnic on Chicago’s South side. Bud Billiken is the largest and oldest African-American parade in the United States, with a focus on celebrating going “Back to School.” Volunteers from TCSPP, coordinated by Community Partnerships Department Fellow Kara Norlander, hosted a tent and provided free school supplies to hundreds of young students. Each child filled out a card to answer the question “What is your favorite thing about yourself?” All parents, teachers and community workers were provided info on services offered by NRCI. Free workshops addressing youth needs–such as stress management, bullying, depression and anxiety—were offered for organizations who wish to schedule them. Supplies were provided by a Learn & Serve Grant.