Leadership and Economic Development Center

ProjectHOOD is partnering with local organizations and businesses to transform a former Walgreens store into a hub focusing on economic development as an entrepreneur, career, trade and leadership center. Citgo, Manhattan Mechanical Services, the Illinois Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors and Metro Ford have joined on and ProjectHOOD is looking for more partners as the programming is expanded.

Walgreens donated their space at 6330 S. King Drive to ProjectHOOD after reporting losses that they say forced them to close. With limited entrepreneur and career resources in Woodlawn, Pastor Corey B. Brooks, Executive Director of ProjectHOOD, will institute six main components in the hub:

  Construction Certification and Training   Men and women 18 years and up will be trained and certified on site in construction crafts and trades such as carpentry and automotive.   More Information    

Construction Certification and Training

Men and women 18 years and up will be trained and certified on site in construction crafts and trades such as carpentry and automotive.

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  Business and Entrepreneur Hub   Startup businesses will have tools to help grow their businesses along with space to collaborate, network and innovate.   More Information

Business and Entrepreneur Hub

Startup businesses will have tools to help grow their businesses along with space to collaborate, network and innovate.

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  Women's Entrepreneur Center   Women will be engaged in business development, workplace skills, and the political policies that affect women in the workplace.   More Information

Women's Entrepreneur Center

Women will be engaged in business development, workplace skills, and the political policies that affect women in the workplace.

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  Youth Mentoring   Children ages 6 - 17 will be tutored in math, science and technology. Young adults from within the community will head this program learning leadership and responsibility.

Youth Mentoring

Children ages 6 - 17 will be tutored in math, science and technology. Young adults from within the community will head this program learning leadership and responsibility.

  Media   Youth will engage in different aspects of media production such as, radio, journalism and film to produce their own stories and become knowledgeable of various career paths in media.   More Information    

Media

Youth will engage in different aspects of media production such as, radio, journalism and film to produce their own stories and become knowledgeable of various career paths in media.

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  Cafe   Training in customer service and food service leading to various careers and businesses in restaurant and hospitality industries.   More Information

Cafe

Training in customer service and food service leading to various careers and businesses in restaurant and hospitality industries.

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Partnership and Volunteers

Volunteers and partners make our work possible.

Please contact us if you would like to be a volunteer instructor or worker or if your company is interested in partnership.

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