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  • May 2, 2017

    Directors’ Showcase: Janet Alexander Davis, an “Evanston-made” Activist and Advocate

    Janet Alexander Davis has been a loyal and active member of the Moran Center Board of Directors for nearly 10 years. Janet first met Judge Moran when he was serving on the Evanston City Council. She recalls that he was, “a staunch supporter of rights for youth, showing mercy and real justice.” A few years …

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  • April 27, 2017

    PizzaFest 2017

    We are grateful to be a beneficiary of the Rotary Club of Evanston’s PizzaFest 2017. Join the Rotary Club of Evanston, and our fellow beneficiaries — Mudlark Theater and The Ridgeville Foundation at PizzaFest 2017! This annual all-you-can-eat pizza and pop extravaganza raises funds to support community projects and initiatives vital to the well-being of Evanston.  …

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  • April 20, 2017

    Stand Against Racism

      Join the Moran Center and the YWCA Evanston/North Shore as we take a stand against racism.  This has become a fun annual tradition for our community. We usually have a lively crowd gather at our busy corner. Grab your co-workers, friends, family and join us! Friday, April 28, 2017 11:30am – 11:55am at the …

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  • CDBG Funding Crisis – Postcard Campaign

    The Moran Center is partnering with local gallery Stumble & Relish for a trunk show featuring local artists Ben Blount and Joanna Kramer. Ten percent of proceeds will be donated to the Moran Center.  In conjunction with this show, we are also launching a Postcard Campaign, encouraging the community to rally around the Community Development …

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  • March 23, 2017

    Moran Center Board endorses District 65 Operating Referendum

    By a unanimous vote last night, the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy’s Board of Directors voted to endorse Evanston/Skokie School District 65’s Operating Referendum. The Moran Center supports the Operating Referendum because quality, accessible schools require adequate funding. This is a vote to strengthen our community as a whole and preserve the opportunity …

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  • Video: Panel Discussion of “13TH” Documentary Screening

    On Sunday, March 12, the Moran Center hosted a special screening of Ava DuVernay’s incredible documentary, “13TH.” Following the screening, Executive Director Patrick Keenan-Devlin facilitated a panel discussion. Below is a video of the discussion that followed featuring panelists:  Melissa Blount, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist & Moran Center Advisory Council Member Kate Masur, Ph.D., Associate Professor, …

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  • February 14, 2017

    Directors’ Showcase: Sarah Frudden and Jeff Bergman – Youth Justice Heroes

    Jeff Bergman and Sarah Frudden are quiet heroes for youth Justice. Jeff has served on the Moran Center Board of Directors since 2013 and his wife Sarah has been a volunteer since 2015. Jeff is a business trial attorney at Mandell Menkes LLC and has had many successes in litigation, arbitration, and mediation. Sarah, also an …

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  • 4th-Grade VIP Program at Oakton Gets Creative

    “Learn to focus on important things right now.” VIP Student, Oakton Elementary School This fall, the Moran Center partnered with Oakton Elementary School to bring the Voices, Ideas, and Perspectives Project (VIP) to fourth-grade students. VIP is an 8-session leadership course designed to build problem-solving skills through interactive lessons. Once a week, the students gather with …

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  • February 3, 2017

    Immigration Workshop

    Not surprising, the topic of immigration is currently weighing heavily on the hearts and minds of many families in our community. While the Moran Center does not practice immigration law, our holistic model recognizes that it is difficult to address educational rights and criminal justice rights when a family is struggling with immigration status & …

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  • January 29, 2017

    Justice Challenge Kick-Off Event

    On January 27, 2017, the Moran Center hosted an event at the Stone Terrace Bed & Breakfast to announce the Justice Challenge. We are thrilled to go public with the exciting news that the Evanston Community Foundation (ECF) selected the Moran Center as the recipient of their Partners for the Future Challenge Grant. Through this …

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