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National Mental Health & Trauma Awareness Month

May marks National Mental Health Awareness Month and National Trauma Awareness Month. This month I reflect on my previous and current work with trauma…

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Honoring the Invisibilities of Women’s History Month  

Content warning: violence against women, physical forms of violence, sexual violence, rape, domestic violence, colonial violence, trauma, bystander    Woman’s History Month was something that…

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International Women’s Day

A few years ago, I worked as an Event Specialist for corporate grocery retail. My job included leading cooking demonstrations and creating department and…

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Support Black Community as an Ally 

Disclaimer: this post is a reflection of a staff member. I do not claim to be an expert on anything, with the exception of…

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Black History Month Highlight: Project Oz

During Black History Month, ICOY invited member organizations to join the celebration by submitting a blog post highlighting a black hero who has impacted…

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Black History Month

7 Ways to Honor Black History Month – ICOY Assistant Executive Director Sarah Daniels While it has been proven time and time again of the…

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Relearning Thanksgiving

During this Thanksgiving holiday week, we recognize that many may be celebrating with friends and family. Perhaps they are gathering in-person for the first time in…

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Immigrant Heritage Month and BIPOC Mental Health Month

June was a month to celebrate immigrants and their contributions to community and culture in our country – Immigrant Heritage Month. And as July comes to a close,…

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LGBTQI+ Pride Month: Transgender Awareness

At ICOY, we champion the safety, health and success of Illinois’ children, youth, and families. Within this mission, we strive to create an inclusive…

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Beacon on the Chicago lakefront painted with a rainbow flag.

LGBTQI+ Pride Month: Future & Past Generations

At ICOY, we champion the safety, health and success of Illinois’ children, youth, and families. Within this mission, we strive to create an inclusive…

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