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It is the mission of State of Emerge-A-City (SOE) to restore value & quality of life to underrepresented youth by empowering our participants to become advocates of positive social change and emerge as leaders within their community.


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 declares a need for immediate support for diminished communities suffering from human-made disasters and civil unrest; similar to a

"State of Emergency."

SOE promotes the belief that if everyone makes one small contribution towards this mission, we will see significant transformations, positive impacts, and a decrease in violence. Our programs enlighten our participants and the community on our 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 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 program has educational value and life skills to empower our youth using a leadership development and social consciousness curriculum. We support the supreme goal of decreasing violence and creating social advancement that offers an equitable opportunity for underrepresented communities to achieve their highest aspirations and dreams!

What We Do
Board of Directors

Board of Directors

MaCassa Johnson
Founder President

Bernadette Banks


Geraldine Winfrey

Board Member 

Philip Egler

Board Member

2023 Board Meeting Schedule

Saturday, March 18th                 10:00am - 12:00pm

Saturday, June 17th                    10:00am - 12:00pm 

Saturday, September 16th         10:00am - 12:00pm 

Saturday, December 2nd           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


2023 Calendar of Events

EAL Summer Camp

Emerge-A-Leader Workshops(14-19yrs old)


"A Wave of Change" 

Pool Party Fundraiser



Giving Tuesday


Community Partners:



1 Westbrook Corporate Center
Suite 300
Westchester, IL 60154
(312) 899-6351

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