Action Now Institute (ANI) began operating as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in April 2010. We have extensive experience in community organizing, a solid network of allies and an experienced staff of organizers, researchers and trainers. Our primary campaigns include quality education for low-income, minority students in Chicago, foreclosure prevention in Cook County, and raising the minimum wage in Illinois.
OUR MISSION: To educate, inspire and engage community residents of Illinois’ low- and moderate-income communities to take a public stance on the issues that affect their neighborhoods, city and state.
OUR WORK: We create opportunities for community members to develop their leadership skills and impact the issues that matter most in their lives. Our training enhances the effectiveness of relationship building, public speaking, facilitating productive meetings, negotiating with decision makers, and building collective power. Participating in neighborhood activities, such as voter registration and winning city services or police relations, builds skills and enhances the effectiveness of the training. Our leaders are identified as those community members who have the drive to take on a leadership role and connect to the mission of the organization. We understand that leadership comes in many forms and our goal is to identify the individual aspirations of our community members and cultivate them to their fullest potential. We build leadership capacity through one-on-one interaction and connect those relationships to the collective power of the organization. We recognize the strength of our allies and often work in coalition with other organizations across the state.
More about ANI and our campaigns is available here: Action Now Institute Overview
Katelyn Johnson, Executive Director