Sophia Horwich, Everybody Dance Now! Chicago

Sophia Horwich is an undergraduate at DePaul University in Chicago, IL who wants to do something about the lack of encouragement for exercise and self-expression provided to public school students. Sophia partnered with the nonprofit organization, Everybody Dance Now!, to form a Chicago chapter. EDN! is a youth-led non-profit organization that provides free weekly dance classes to underserved youth. Weekly dance classes are paired with nutrition education, service learning, and cultural programming. EDN!C’s mission is to transform the lives of youth through dance, leadership and community involvement.

Sophia and her team already serve over 260 students a week. It takes approximately thirty dollars for each student in the EDN!C program to participate for an entire year. Sophia notes they have “squeezed every cent from each dollar earned, and intend to continue to do this so we can offer our program to as many students in need in Chicago as possible.”

The funds from The Pollination Project will be used to continue this student-led programming. To learn more about Everybody Dance Now! Chicago, check out their website, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

GRANT AWARD DATE: FEBRUARY 25, 2014