Common Ground Foundation


arts programing and event documentation


2012 to present

In August 2012, taking a more direct services approach, the Common Ground Foundation (CGF) hosted its first annual Common’s Dreamers & Believers Summer Youth Camp in Plymouth, WI, with students from Chicago Public Schools. With 25 youth, ages 13-15, the program was held at Anokijig Camp, August 19-24, 2012.  The curriculum for this weeklong experience focused on “developing the whole child” which included character development, healthy lifestyle choices, High School readiness skills, careers in the creative arts and beyond.

Currently, in its fifth year, the Common Ground Foundation,  graduated its first class of students and has added over 60 more students to be served year-round through mentorship, healthy-living cooking classes, and a  workshop titled “The Art & Science of Success”. Through career immersion workshops and speed networking sessions, the students learn job readiness skills from professionals in financial services, construction management, marketing, engineering, entrepreneurship, interior design, and performance arts.

In addition, the Common Ground Foundation’s projects required video and photographic documentation that was  used for marketing collateral, website, and social media.