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 the remaining four years of their lease 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.  

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.

 

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

Business and Entrepreneur Hub

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

Youth Mentoring and Tutoring 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 and Tutoring

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.

 
Career Mentoring Adult professionals and business owners to host discussions and skill training to lead youth and adults to various career paths and opportunities.

Career Mentoring

Adult professionals and business owners to host discussions and skill training to lead youth and adults to various career paths and opportunities.

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.  

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.

 

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

Cafe

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

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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