Path To Career
River City Community Development Program – Chicago, Illinois
- Emerging Leader: Beth Galik
- Grant Program: Emerging Leader
- Amount of Grant: $10,000
- Dates of Grant Term: August 2017 – August 2019
After graduating from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind., Beth came to Chicago’s West Side in 2004 to teach at Bethel Lutheran School. After Bethel closed its doors in 2006, she re-opened the school’s empty computer lab to serve the community’s children, teens, and adults. Eventually, Beth served five years as executive director of the New Life Center in Chicago, which then led to her current position of executive director of the River City Community Development Center. There, just a few blocks away from her first school-turned-community-center, she helped launch R CITY in 2015, a nonprofit that walks with families from cradle to career.
River City Community Development Center seeks to bring together the best of Chicago to build a path for families to walk from cradle to career. This project works in three stages, each preparing students for careers by casting vision, growing relationships, and teaching skills. Fifty children, ages 4-11, engage in holistic after-school and summer programs that provide a strong start and big dreams towards career; 30 youth, ages 11-15, practice healthy relationships through sports and mentoring; and 8 teens, ages 12-18, gain workplace skills through paid apprenticeships in tuck-pointing that is provided at no cost for low-income neighbors.