Welcome to the Southwest Organizing Project’s (SWOP) website. We are glad you are here. We hope this website will give the institutions, leaders, and residents of the Southwest Chicago community the opportunity to connect with one another, tell their stories, and build power for change in the community.
A New Face and New Roles for SWOP
SWOP bids a fond farewell to Joel Rodriquez. Joel spent several years doing great work with the VOYCE program at Gage Park High School. So good in fact that the principal asked him to join the staff at the school. Joel will be working with parents and students at the school and will be primarily focused on recruiting new students to Gage Park. We look forward to working with Joel a lot in the future.
Jamillah Rashad is leaving the Elev8 program at Marquette School of Excellence, but don’t worry, she’s not going far. Jamillah will be taking over the VOYCE work at Gage Park where she can take the skills she’s learned by working with middle school students and apply them to high school students. Jamillah is also playing a lead role in the Police Accountability work; serving on the city-wide steering committee.
Sierra Jones has joined SWOP’s staff as the new Elev8 Director. Sierra spent the last three years working as an after-school provider through Elev8 at Marquette so she’s very familiar with the program. Please welcome her to SWOP.
Want to read more stories about SWOP’s work? They are all here.