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Off the Clock Happy Hour – July 11, 2019
July 11 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm$10
Off the Clock Happy Hour
Thursday, July 11, 2019
5:00 -7:00 PM
Members FREE (Promo Code will be sent via email)
Snacks will be Provided, Drink of Choice at Your Discretion
Location: Highline | 169 W Kinzie Street, Chicago, IL 60654
Questions? Contact Tricia Fusilero-Tricia@SocialEnterpriseChicago.org | 312-540-9300
Featured speaker: Darius Ballinger, Founder & CEO, Chasing23
About Darius Ballinger
Fatherless youth now Father of 3, Once an Inmate now a Civic Leader, Darius Ballinger, 28, turned his trauma into his purpose. Currently serving as the founding Executive Director for Chasing23 Youth Empowerment Group. A mission-driven venture improving the lives of Chicago’s most esteemed youth through social enterprises and mentorship. As of this year, Chasing23 hasserved 35 youth, in cohorts of 10-15 each school, with limited personal, academic, and professional support resources. Byproviding these youth with a comprehensive blend of mentoring, tutoring, and workforce development programming, Chasing23 has been able to support young men of color in developing personal and professional skills, building wellness and confidence to achieve goals for long term success.
Most recently, Darius joined Echoing Green as a 2019 Black Male Achievement Fellow, a graduate from the University of Chicago Civic Leadership Academy. Endorsed by 44th U.S. President, Barack Hussein Obama, via Instagram for his work in communities and jails to get citizens civically involved through voter registration. An advisory board member for My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, CookCounty Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and Chicago Learning Exchange.
A keynote speaker for universities, workshops facilitator for local high schools, and a coach to other social entrepreneurs nationwide. In a recent article published by the Partnerships for Safe and Peaceful Communities, Darius says now he appears to be an exception, but in the future he hopes to be the norm.