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Job Opportunity: AGC Seeks Stellar New Director(s) Of Sustainability and/or Operations

21 Aug

Friends and Advocates,

We write with bittersweet news; AGC’s Director of Sustainability, Dan Schnitzer, will be moving on at the end of October as he has been offered the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream and  to extend the lessons that we’ve learned at AGC on a systemic level.

As you can imagine, we are extremely sad about Dan’s transition as he has been such an instrumental part of our community for the past 5 years, and he will be very difficult to replace.

As such, we have created multiple job descriptions to increase our opportunities to discover the perfect addition or additions to our staff.

If you think you or someone you know might be a good fit, please consult the job descriptions linked below and contact our executive director as soon as possible.

Thank you in advance for sharing this,


Director of Sustainability & Operations Job Description 8.21.13

Operations Manager 8.21.13

Director of Sustainability 8.21.13[1]


Principal Gillespie Participates in Sharing Best Practices on Whole Community Wellness

21 Aug

Founding Principal Anne Gillespie participated in a webinar this morning organized by the Healthy Schools Campaign in which Principals and administrators from Chicago Public Schools and the Healthy Schools Campaign shared their insights on Wellness policies in schools and the role of the community. They addressed successful development and implementation of food, fitness and wellness policies as well as the role of parents in these programs. 

Principal Gillespie spoke to these topics alongside Principal Dana Butler of Ruiz Elementary, a Magnet Cluster School in the Pilsen/Little Village area, Rosa Ramirez, a Campaign Manager for the Healthy Schools Campaign and Jamie Tully, a School Wellness Specialist with Chicago Public Schools. The discussion was moderated by Alex Schaible, a Writer and Policy Analyst for the Healthy Schools Campaign. 

By collaborating within the district and beyond, we can be greater than the sum of our parts. We are grateful for the partnership of the Healthy Schools Campaign in partnership and CPS in encouraging other schools to develop policies to improve the wellness of students and communities. 

“With strong family engagement, schools—together with parents—can help students achieve academic achievement fueled by healthy habits that will last a lifetime. In 2004, Congress established a requirement that all school districts with a federally-funded school meals program develop and implement wellness policies that address nutrition and physical activity. In late 2012, the Chicago Board of Education adopted a new School Wellness Policy and passed a Healthy Snack and Beverage Policy. Combined, these two policies represent a significant advance in Chicago Public Schools’ school food and fitness policy. But how are schools putting policy into action? And what role do parents have? Join us to learn more about these policies and hear first-hand from Chicago principals on their work to improve school food and fitness.”


– Healthy Schools Campaign.


AGC Founder Sarah Elizabeth Ippel is a 2013 Bluhm/Helfand Fellow!

13 Aug

 We are so proud to announce that AGC’s Founder and executive Director, Sarah Elizabeth Ippel, has been selected from an elite group of finalists to be one of five young leaders selected for the influential 2013 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship.

Ms. Ippel’s joins a community of next-generation social leaders alongside four peers taking action across the world. See the press release below for more information on each of this year’s fellows.


 FOR RELEASE: Tuesday, Aug. 13, 10:00am CDT 

Chicago Ideas Week Reveals 2013 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship Winners

CHICAGO, Ill. — August 13, 2013 — Philanthropists and entrepreneurs Leslie Bluhm and David Helfand, along with Chicago Ideas Week (CIW), are proud to announce the 2013 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation (BHSI) Fellows. Created to support socially-minded innovators in the U.S. and around the world, this year’s Fellows are already improving the lives of nearly 500,000 people through their collective ventures spanning New York, Chicago, California, Canada and Africa. 

“Building on the success of former BHSI Fellows, we are thrilled to recognize and support the work of this passionate group of young innovators. They are creatively addressing significant social challenges and already creating meaningful impact across health care, education, environment, poverty and disaster relief,” said Leslie Bluhm, co-founder of the volunteer service organization Chicago Cares and founder of the BHSI Fellowship with her husband David Helfand. “We look forward to welcoming them to Chicago to present at CIW, meet with business and political leaders, potential investors and mentors, and much more – it’s an incredible experience that we can’t wait to share with them.” 

On top of gaining international exposure by taking to the CIW stage to present during select sessions Oct. 14-20, the following Fellows will receive a $10,000 stipend toward accelerating their ventures: 

Sasha Fisher, 24, Spark MicroGrants, Mbale, Uganda ( Following a visit to South Sudan in 2008 and witnessing failing projects funded by poorly allocated international aid, Fisher became eager to eradicate poverty in the developing world with a new model. Upon graduating college, she moved to Rwanda and started Spark MicroGrants to provide bottom-up development support through financial grants paired with proactive guidance instead of top-down aid. Spark has now partnered with 53 rural communities across Uganda and Rwanda to empower them to shape and implement their own social impact projects, including schools, farms, health clinics and more for a sustainable future. 

Sarah Elizabeth Ippel, 32, The Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC), Chicago, Ill. ( At the age of 23, Ippel rode her bike to the Board of Education with a request to re-imagine what is possible in public education. Three years later, she opened AGC, a Chicago Public Charter School in the city’s underserved southwest community that fosters students to become mindful, civically engaged leaders by examining their role in both their local communities and across world. With a larger goal of creating a replicable educational model that will lead to broader systemic change, Ippel is also constructing the first net-positive energy campus in Illinois, which will produce more energy than it consumes by incorporating several acres of restorative urban agriculture and food production that include a native tree forest, vegetable gardens, orchards and greenhouses. 

Caitria O’Neill, 24, Recovers, San Francisco, Calif. ( After her hometown of Monson, Mass. was torn apart by a tornado in 2011, O’Neill was inspired to develop Recovers, a platform that enables community-powered disaster recovery. By providing easy-to-use software and toolkits for organizing relief efforts and resources, Recovers teaches communities how to mitigate damage and plan for recovery. Today, there are 18 support sites or “recovery hubs” set up covering 27 communities across the U.S. and Canada, including one for Moore, Okla. following the devastating tornado that struck in May and the Pulaski County Flood Recovery Hub that launched last week in response to flash flooding in southwestern Missouri. 

Andrew Mangino, 26, The Future Project, New York, N.Y. ( While reporting on the public schools of New Haven as a Yale student, and later mentoring students while a speechwriter in Washington, D.C., Mangino became committed to changing the way we educate and began imagining a movement to make schools the most inspired places on earth. In 2011, he and his co-founder gathered more than 250 volunteers and launched The Future Project, which introduces “Dream Directors” into high schools across the country who are responsible for working to transform the culture of the school and turn students into passionate changemakers. 

 Vineet Singal, 23, Anjna Patient Education, San Francisco, Calif. ( Since struggling with being overweight, overcoming Type 2 diabetes and learning that 70 percent of low-income patients need more health information than they currently receive, Singal started Anjna Patient Education to improve healthcare for low-income, uninsured Americans suffering from chronic diseases. The organization designs, builds and implements mobile technology-enabled health solutions in underserved communities through an action confirmation and reminder system centered on the relationship between patients and clinic staff, and is anticipated to reach thousands of patients just this year. 

About Leslie Bluhm and David Helfand

Leslie Bluhm and David Helfand have spent many years committed to making a positive impact through philanthropy in the Midwest, as well as nationally. Leslie is the founder of Chicago Cares, the largest volunteer service organization in the Midwest today. Leslie’s ambition for the Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship is to help identify and support the next generation of socially-minded entrepreneurs. David is CEO of Helix Funds and co-president of Equity Group Investments. David serves on the boards of the Children’s Memorial Hospital, National Louis University, Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences and on the executive committee for the Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center at University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. 

About Chicago Ideas Week

Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) is a premier annual gathering of global thought leaders and passionate participants that was created to help great ideas become realities. It’s a platform for innovators, thinkers, doers and interested citizens from across Chicago and the world. CIW’s goal is to stimulate new initiatives and ventures, create new connections and collaborations and establish a community of people with the desire to achieve great things. For more information, please visit, our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter via @chicagoideas. For more information about the BHSI Fellowship, visit 

AGC “At the Table:” Food Program Featured in USDA Food and Nutrition Service Best Practice Share

9 Aug

We are honored that a piece about our approach to nurturing healthy kids was featured in a USDA best practice sharing newsletter. Click the image to zoom in and read about how we make breakfast special in Chicago.
Healthy Choices

A Day in The Life of AGC: a Visual Interview on

8 Aug

Photographer Kristie Kahns captures a day in the life of our busy school for 

In this visual interview, which you can explore in full here, watch as students eat a delicious organic lunch, participate in student-centered learning, interact with  chickens and tulips in our schoolyard garden, study spanish and animal lifecycles, practice yoga, get their hands dirty alongside parents and staff during a volunteer evening in our garden, play, cook, and present their action plans for improving their world in their first 5th grade IB student exhibition.



Dan Schnitzer Shares AGC’s Meatless Monday with the Humane Society

24 Jul
Jason Geil for the HSUS

Jason Geil for the HSUS

AGC’s Director of Sustainability and Operations, Dan Schnitzer, presented to the Humane Society of the US today about AGC’s vegetable-based meal options and Meatless Monday tradition.

Students and staff at AGC are always offered a tasty and nutritious meatless option to the delight of AGC’s vegetarian and vegan staff… and students! Giving students the opportunity to taste well-prepared meatless options each day makes instating Meatless Mondays a breeze. Many do not even notice the pattern!

Read all about Meatless Monday at AGC as well as colleges, schools and hospitals across the country on the HSUS website:

The Humane Society sent a photographer to capture a Meatless Monday in the Spring of 2013. View his photographs on our Flikr: for Global Citizenship

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AGC’s Founder Sarah Elizabeth Ippel Selected for Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Emerging Leaders Program

26 Jun

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs announced today that they have identified “21 emerging leaders who will help Chicago compete and thrive in the global era.”

Chicago is one of the world’s top cities because its thoughtful leaders understood how to transform it from an industrial powerhouse to an agile modern city deeply integrated in the global economy. A new generation is now rising to leadership in the city, and individuals selected to participate in The Chicago Council’s Emerging Leaders Program are drawn from the best and the brightest in the Chicagoland area.

The Emerging Leaders Class of 2015, the 6th of its kind, will spend the first year of a two year program exploring global issues and the second producing an action plan for a challenge of their choice. Past reports have addressed urban food security, the establishment of a venture philanthropy fund for Chicago students, immigration and Chicago’s experience and the privatization of infrastructure.

Emerging leaders are selected by an independent selection committee identifies a new class of leaders from a competitive pool of nominated candidates. Sarah Elizabeth shares this honor with leaders at Northwestern University, the Hellenic American Leadership Council, the MacArthur Foundation, the CIty of Chicago, the University of Illinois and more!

Click here to read about the other Emerging Leaders.


About The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Founded in 1922, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is one of the oldest and most prominent international affairs organizations in the United States. Independent and nonpartisan, The Chicago Council is committed to influencing the discourse on global issues through contributions to opinion and policy formation, leadership dialogue, and public learning. Long known for its studies of American public opinion on foreign policy, The Chicago Council has expanded its contributions to national and international discussions on issues such as the global economy, migration, agricultural development and food security, and energy and climate change. Through studies, task force reports, and special initiatives, The Chicago Council contributes fresh insights and authentic perspectives from Chicago and the Midwest to the formation of opinion and policy in the United States and abroad. Learn more and follow @ChicagoCouncil for updates.

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