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The kids of Chicago have something to say!

The kids of Chicago have an important story to tell about the years 2020 and 2021. Through Once Upon Our Time Capsule, we listened to what they found cool and special, what they found weird and difficult, and most importantly, how they were brave. From May-August 2021, we collaborated with over 35 youth-serving organizations to engage thousands of kids ages 5-12 from over 70 different communities. With the enthusiastic support of partners, we heard from all of the communities where Chicago’s kids live, learn and play, including schools, summer camps, inpatient hospital settings, homeless shelters, and residential care for undocumented minors. Approximately 70% of participating children represent Chicago’s BIPOC communities.

Stacey Gillett and Stephanie Hodges started Once Upon Our Time Capsule to celebrate Chicago's kids and to foster new ways of building community as the city recovers from the pandemic. Stacey's full time gig is in urban policy; Stephanie's is in tech. They both live in Chicago which they love exploring with their families.
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Chicago Housing Authority
Chicago Park District
Chicago Public Schools Department of Arts Education
Chicago Youth Centers
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Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
Heartland Alliance
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Hyde Park Art Center
Kipp Chicago Public Schools
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The People's Music School
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YWCA Chicago
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Chicago Public Library Foundation
MacArthur Foundation
Polk Bros Foundation
Amy and Derek Gale
Stacey and Gabriel Gillett
Amanda Harrington
John and Ingola Hodges
Will Perkins and Stephanie Hodges
Emily and Joy Hurd
Talia and David Kaden
Beth Kasden
Dana Suskind and John List
Michael A. Nutter, former Mayor of Philadelphia
Davina and Peter Ogilvie
Sarabeth Berman and Evan Osnos
Carolyn Cox and Sam Perkins
Sarah Lafleur and Chris Schonberger
Nick and Ariele Scodro
Dr. Bradley and Barbara Warady
Chicago Children’s Theatre
Philip Hodges
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