Chicago Therapy Collective is spearheading a northside coalition of 15 partner organizations to rally support for Youth Empowerment Performance Project and its mutual aid network, CYMA. As a northside coalition we strive to bolster CYMA’s mutual aid network while simultaneously growing our own mutual aid practice on the northside of the city.
The Chicago Youth Mutual Aid (CYMA), is an effort born from the collaboration of five Black and Brown grassroots led organizations in Chicago serving youth and their families: Assata’s Daughters, Chicago Freedom School, Circles & Cyphers, Street Youth Rise Up and Youth Empowerment Performance Project. Initially a response to COVID-19, CYMA’s members work to build this coalition into a long-term effort.
How can you support? Support CYMA by participating in this Essentials Drive! If you have more, or different items you would like to contribute, visit their full List of Needs to see what else you may bring.
The Essentials Drive focuses on the 20 MOST needed items from the List of Needs.
1. Underwear (new)- for all genders and sizes
2. Bras (new)- all sizes
3. Socks (new)- for adults, all sizes, all colors, all designs (doesn’t matter)
7. Deodorants (all kinds)
8. Towels for showering
9. Face Towels
10. Body Lotion
11. Baby Wipes
12. Baby Diapers (all sizes)
13. Baby Soap
15. Laundry Detergent (ideally in Pods)
17. Shave Cream/Gel
18. Laundry Dryer Sheets
20. Laundry Softener
Lincoln Square/Budlong Woods
Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, Rogers Park Business Alliance, Andre Vasquez of the 40th Ward, Matt Martin of the 47th Ward, Harry Osterman of the 48th Ward, Maria Hadden of the 39th Ward, Senator Mike Simmons, Kelly Cassidy, Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, Indivisible IL9, Helix Chicago, Women & Children First Bookstore and Chicago Women’s Health Center.