Make it Better Blog Features AGC Article by Board Member Amanda Hanley

16 Apr

“Make It Better,” a North Shore magazine with a philanthropic focus, featured an article this week on their blog by an amazing AGC advocate, board member Amanda Hanley.

Take a moment to read the article, in which Amanda recalls her first visit to AGC and the unexpected things that arose from her introduction to our school.

If the blog version of this article becomes popular, it may be published in the print version, so please share! 


The Final Chefs’ Playground Lineup is Out! | Exclusive Announcement from Eater Chicago

11 Apr

Image Eater Chicago announced this Thursday exciting additions to the Chefs’ Playground Chef List, headlined by Top Chef winner and  Stephanie Izard of Girl and the Goat and Little Goat and Mindy Segal, from Chicago sweets staple Hot Chocolate.   ImageImage Izard and Segal are not unfamiliar with the Academy for Global Citizenship, having participated in one of our first chef events in 2010, an intimate “Global Grazing” dinner held in our own schoolyard. Chefs Playground 2014 participants Chris Pandel, Paul Kahan and Giuseppe Tentori also participated in that event. We are so thrilled to have Chefs Izard and Segal participating in our second annual Chefs’ Playground gala alongside 16 of their peers in Chicago’s fine dining scene, including two celebrated mixologists. Tickets ($225 GA, $350 VIP) and additional information are available at Secure your place at the table today, as tickets will become scarce as we approach May 15th. Image

2nd Grade Visits Über Sustainable Hannah’s Bretzel, HB to Donate 25% of Sales on 4.22 to AGC.

10 Apr

AGC’s 2nd grade students visited the über sustainable, organic, nutritious and tasty sandwich chain Hannah’s Bretzel for an exciting field trip as part of a healthy cooking unit in their Wellness class. 

Students enjoyed a tour of one of 5 Hannah’s Bretzel locations on Lasalle St, and lessons on healthy food choices, sustainability, and entrepreneurship. Our students were most excited by the Bretzel 101 crash course, where they learned how to make and fold the famous soft pretzels.

Please enjoy these wonderful photos from Nathan Grills.




AGC has been honored to partner Hannah’s Bretzel for more than five years. Each year AGC has added a grade level and Hannah’s has added a location, and we have enjoyed growing alongside each other. AGC and Hannah’s share a commitment to good food, sustainability, and understanding the intersection between the two. We are thrilled to have Hannah’s Bretzel as a partner in promoting nutritious food and environmental stewardship. 

Please join us in applauding Hannah’s Bretzel for their leadership and for their support of our school. 

Every year on Earth Day, 4.22, Hannah’s Bretzel donates a percent of sales to support AGC’s garden and nutrition program. This year, please visit your local Hannah’s Bretzel for a sandwich or 10, as 25% of sales from all five locations will be generously donated to AGC.

Welcome to Corenna Roozeboom, AGC’s New School Garden Coordinator

9 Apr
Please join us in a warm welcome to our new School Garden Coordinator – Corenna Roozeboom.
Corenna brings outstanding experience to this new role as an educator, environmentalist, and entrepreneur as she founded the non-profit McKinley Park Community Garden on the southwest side of the city where she secured a vacant lot, gained aldermanic support, and collaborated with 58 local families in the first growing season of organic vegetables.  She also has served as a Garden Educator with the Chicago Park District teaching youth gardening programs; along with positions at the Lurie Garden, Eden Place Nature Center, and the Morton Arboretum.  Corenna’s global citizenship was enhanced through teaching gardening and English to school children in Huaycan, Peru and a college semester in Spain.
Corenna recently completed an M.A. from Miami University in Interdisciplinary Studies focused on four tenets – community engagement, environmental stewardship, inquiry-based learning, and global understanding.  Her further studies include a B.A. in Spanish and Communication Arts from Trinity, and Master Gardener studies at Univ. of IL.
 Corenna will be responsible for the holistic management of the schoolyard gardens, chicken coop, greenhouse, indoor living wall systems, etc.  She will be a collaborative resource in training AGC and visiting teachers on incorporating gardens into curriculum; strengthening students’ and communities’ knowledge about and attitudes toward agriculture, food, nutrition and the environment; along with partnering with Chef Eddie and Kitchen Manager Julia O’Grady on integrating menu development into planting schedules.
Corenna and her husband Schuyler are residents of the near southwest side, and we are happy to welcome them both to the AGC community.

6 More Celebrity Chefs and 2 Mixologists Sign on for Chefs’ Playground | Join Giuseppe Tentori & More on May 15th

3 Apr

6 more celebrity chefs have signed on to participate in Chefs’ Playground, bringing the total chef count up to 14, alongside 2 celebrated mixologists. 

Chef Thai Dang of Embeya and pastry chef Genie Kwon of Boka and GT Fish & Oyster as well as celebrated mixologist Adam Seger will participate in the main event.

Exclusive to the VIP Hour only, chefs Erling Wu Bower of Nico Osteria, Erik Freeberg of Bar Toma, Giuseppe Tentori of GT Fish & Oyster and Gene Kato of Sumi Robata Bar will offer school-inspired passed appetizers complimented by playful signature cocktails from mixologist Benjamin Newby.

These renowned chefs join host chef Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia, Bar Toma, Terzo Piano and River Roast, 2013 Food and Wine Best New Chef Jason VincentBill Kim of bellyQ, Urbanbelly, Belly Shack, Megan Neubeck of Terzo Piano/BAMCO, Paul Kahan of One Off Hospitality: avec, Big Star, Blackbird, The Publican, Publican Quality Meats and Nico Osteria, Jeff Mauro, host of Food Network’s “Sandwich King,” Chris Pandel of Balena and The Bristol and Lee Wolen of Boka

The final chef lineup will be revealed later this month.

Stay tuned for more Chefs’ Playground announcements on Facebook and Twitter; follow @globalchicago and #ChefsPlayground2014.

Watch a video recap of our inaugural event in 2013 at

Watch a video recap of our inaugural event in 2013.

AGC Seeking Technology and Business Administrator

27 Mar

AGC is ever-growing, admitting 50 new students as we add a grade level each year and creating new positions to grow our amazing staff. Share the job description below with all those who might be a good fit for our passionate and unique school culture.


Technology and Business Administrator

The Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) is a non-profit Chicago public charter school, located on the underserved Southwest side of Chicago. AGC’s mission is to develop mindful leaders who take action both now and in the future to positively impact their communities and the world beyond. Our innovative and holistic approach to education aims to foster systemic change and inspire the way society educates our future generations. We are producing a replicable model for learning in the 21st century, including the construction of a net-positive energy campus.

The Technology and Business Administrator is responsible for a number of technology and accounting duties, with a primary focus on IT systems management and accounts payable. The ideal candidate is an experienced person who can provide outstanding service for the school’s technology needs, is highly proficient in QuickBooks and Microsoft Excel, is analytical, collaborative, and appreciates a fun work environment.
This position will report to the Director of Sustainability and Operations, and will directly interact with administrators, teachers, staff, and external stakeholders.


Technology Systems:
• Maintenance and troubleshooting of the school’s network and servers
• Service inventory of Apple MacBooks (operating systems, applications, profiles, hardware repair and spare parts)
• Data management for school testing, demographics, enrollment
• Support networked multi-function machines and audio/visual equipment
• Document established technology procedures, policies, and best practices
• Collaborative resource in training teachers and staff in use of technology

Business Administration:
• Administer all aspects of accounts payable in QuickBooks
• Manage procurement and inventory of school supplies
• Process expense reimbursements
• Assist with annual financial audit
• Other duties as assigned

• Entrepreneurial thinker with a desire to support the vision and mission of the Academy for Global Citizenship
• Willingness and enthusiasm for doing whatever it takes to ensure the tech and financial needs of the school are met
• Experience diagnosing and repairing hardware, peripherals, software, operating systems and internet connections
• Proficient with financial systems and the following applications: QuickBooks, Microsoft Excel
• Meticulous attention to detail and strong problem-solving capabilities
• Highly organized and able to set priorities
• Knowledge of accounting standards and best practices
• Two to three years’ experience ideally in a school or non-profit organization
• Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology-Systems/Computer Science and Accounting/Finance preferred

• Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience; growth opportunities available.

TO APPLY: Please submit cover letter and resume to:

The Academy for Global Citizenship is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, or disability.

PRESS RELEASE: AGC Hosts Solar Energy Collaboration

20 Mar


Sarah Elizabeth Ippel, AGC Founder, sarahelizabeth(at)

Katherine Elmer-DeWitt, kelmerdewitt(at)




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | CHICAGO, IL (March 20, 2014) – Today 50 middle, high school and university students gathered at the Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) (4941 W. 46th St., Chicago, IL), an innovative Chicago public charter school located on the underserved southwest side, to learn about renewable energy, its importance in environmental stewardship and practical applications of sustainable technology. A dozen Project Infinite Green high school students led a lesson in solar energy design, and, alongside UIC student mentors from InSPIRE Illinois, helped students build their own solar USB charging stations. This peer-to-peer learning exercise demonstrates the inspired, innovative thinking of our children and how, with a little support, they can change the world.

Congressmen Dan Lipinski (IL-3,) and Bill Foster (IL-11) introduced the project, speaking from their backgrounds in and passions for Engineering and Physics, respectively.  “As a former educator with an engineering degree,” Rep. Lipinski said, “the eagerness of these older students to spark a passion for scientific exploration in others is to be commended, and will hopefully pay dividends for both them and their younger students.”

Mohamed Rachad Bouhlal, the Ambassador of Morocco to the United States, and Marilyn R. Diamond, Morocco’s Honorary Consul General in Chicago, joined to watch the renewable energy project underway.

“With our mission to develop mindful leaders who take action both now and in the future to positively impact their communities and the world beyond, environmental sustainability is a core part of the AGC learning experience,” said Steven Biedermann, Director of Sustainability and Operations at the Academy for Global Citizenship.  “We are honored to be hosting such an amazing, diverse group of talented students to help teach our students about this important concept and how they can play an active role in creating a more sustainable future.” 

This event is a part of AGC’s larger mission to be an incubator of innovation, in Chicago and beyond, demonstrating how environmental sustainability can marry seamlessly into a student’s core education experience. AGC’s curriculum fosters creativity and entrepreneurship, particularly in the field of renewable energy. Modeling these ideals for their students, AGC is currently working to develop the first net-positive energy school in Illinois, a public school campus that will be a landmark for sustainability in Chicago. For more information on the Academy for Global Citizenship visit

About The Academy for Global Citizenship

Founded in 2008, the Academy of Global Citizenship is a Chicago public charter school located on the underserved southwest side of Chicago. The Academy for Global Citizenship was established with an ardent commitment to environmental sustainability and is internationally recognized for its model green school initiatives combined with unprecedented academic results. As an international learning laboratory and incubator of scalable innovation, AGC is dedicated to transforming education, with an unwavering vision to impact 20 million students by 2020. Their innovative and holistic approach to education aims to foster systemic change and inspire the way society educates future generations. To learn more visit  Follow us on Twitter @globalchicago.





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