CG4 Artists initiative

Because some youth have access to a better life...

Common Grounds Coffee Shop, a local family owned business, brews in the direction of freedom. While we have advocated the use of fair-trade products, modern day slavery continues to crush the aspirations of people of color disproportionately. One way we can end modern day slavery is through youth mentorship and investment in the lives of economically oppressed people. 

CG has increasingly become a vehicle for creatives and a place where anyone can get inspired. We want to invest in furthering that vision to touch the lives of under-resourced youth in DeKalb. Imagine helping a teen or young adult organize a design studio, start a clothing line, publish a book or record music for a major label. Art has a way of influencing every aspect of commercial success. To quote Steve Jobs, "I think the artistry is in having an insight into what one sees around them. Generally putting things together in a way no one else has before and finding a way to express that to other people who don’t have that insight." We need  creative adults who can empower creative youth to contribute into the marketplace of ideas. With your help we can make Dekalb County, IL an example of opportunity, innovation and collaboration? 

Donations will be used to organize and acquire the resources needed to train and equip young artists, writers and creative future entrepreneurs in our community.



  • Shannon Wilde 
    • $15 
    • 2 hrs
  • Joshua Grayson 
    • $125 
    • 1 d
  • Geoff Livengood 
    • $20 
    • 14 d
  • Diane Watson 
    • $20 
    • 21 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 22 d
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Jeff Foster 
Dekalb, IL
Resolution Church of Dekalb (Common Grounds) 
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Donations are 100% tax deductible.
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