State of Emerge-A-City (SOE) partners with local organizations, schools and churches to deliver cultured experiences, mentoring, and community-impact projects. It is the goal of SOE to restore value & quality of life to under-served youth by empowering our participants to become advocates of positive social change.
State of Emerge-A-City, NFP believes that every young person, everywhere deserves to live a life full of opportunities, happiness, peace and well-being. SOE desires to reverse the acceptance of violence by challenging perceptions, and hopelessness.
State of Emerge-A-City (SOE) works to decrease violence by elevating one's mindset through exposure to a better way of living. SOE's purpose is to inspire social change, promote philanthropy and broaden the horizons of marginalized youth, to realize their full potential. We are committed to facilitating an environment for personal growth, with the primary transformation being the mentality shift from victim to victor.
What We Do
State of Emerge-A-City (SOE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves adolescents and teenagers that live in communities heavily impacted by violence. SOE declares a need for immediate aid to high-crime, low-income communities suffering from human-made disaster and civil unrest; similar to "A State of Emergency." SOE combat these challenges by offering self-empowerment programs that encourages the community to EMERGE above devastation. SOE encourages children to use their talents, intellect and passion to EMERGE as leaders of our society, then sow back into their community.
SOE promote the belief that if everyone makes one small contribution towards this mission, we will see big transformations, positive impacts and a decrease in violence. Our program enlightens our participants and the community on core values of unity, conflict resolution, self-empowerment, leadership, philanthropy, social change, spiritual growth and positive over negative dispositions, among other vital life skills. SOE instill our core values into our participants through fun outings, club meetings and immediate rewards for achieving their goals. SOE is committed to empowering youth through exposure to a better way of living and constructive behavior.
This organization is designed to get our youth excited about life and their future. Every field trip has educational value to empower our youth and our curriculum is rooted in leadership development and social consciousness. Supporting the supreme goal of decreasing violence and creating social advancement that offers equal opportunity for underrepresented communities to achieve the ''American Dream''- the ideal by which equality of opportunity is available to any American, allowing the highest aspirations and goals to be achieved!
MaCassa Johnson- PRESIDENTMaCassa Johnson Founded State of Emerge-A-City (SOE) in 2016. She holds a degree in Sociology and has worked in the social service sector for over a decade. MaCassa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Chicago State University and obtaining a Masters in Community & Economic Development from Penn State University.
Bernadette Johnson-TREASUERBernadette Johnson-Banks has over 25 years of experience working for Cook County school districts as an Administrator. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Bernadette brings her work experience with disciplinary and behavioral issues of adolescents in the educational system, along with her personal experience, to the Organization’s efforts.
Matthew Obrzut-BOARD MEMBERMatthew Obrzut is the Academic Coordinator at Excel Academy of Englewood. He has a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education & Teaching from Concordia University. Matthew also has a second Masters in Curriculum & Instruction from St. Xavier University. Matthew brings his work experience in the education system, and access to the targeted population to the Organization’s efforts.
Philip EglerPhilip Egler graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts & Science in Psychology. He is a father, a mentor and passionate about bringing progressive change by aiding youth. Philip is also a musician, songwriter, producer & musical engineer.
Catherine Pierson- BOARD MEMBERCatherine Pierson is the Director of Volunteer and Community Relations at The Leadershop, a nonprofit focusing on developing community leaders. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa. Catherine brings decades of nonprofit work experience in community development to the Organization’s efforts.
2019 Board Meeting Schedule
Saturday, January 19th 10:00am - 12:00pm
Saturday, April 20th 10:00am - 12:00pm
Saturday, July 20th 10:00am - 12:00pm
Saturday, October 19th 10:00am - 12:00pm
Board meetings are open to public unless indicated as 'CLOSED'
Meetings are held quarterly on the third Saturday at the LaGrange Library:
10 W. Cossitt Ave, La Grange, IL
*Meeting Schedule subject to change
2019 Calendar of Events
“Let’s Talk About It”- Paint and Chat
Service Learning Trip to Panama City, FL
WE DAY- AllState Arena
Ice Cream Social Fundraiser
Emerge-A-Leader Workshops(14-19yrs old)