Thirty Youth who participate in the GEAR UP program at Roosevelt, Albany Park Multi-Cultural Academy and Volta will be the backbone of an ambitious mural project that will adorn the 20 x 55 foot wall next to the parking lot of Heartland Health Center’s primary care clinic at 3737 W Lawrence. With youth input, this mural will be designed by muralists, Eduardo Montiel from Communities United and Christina Heyworth, both volunteering their time not only on design but in overseeing the painting from beginning to end. GEAR Up staff member Rene Lopez and Heartland’s AmeriCorps Members will provide extra labor power and supervision.
The theme is “Healthcare from the Heart – Community Connected, Holistic and Empowering,” which encapsulates Heartland’s model of care. In addition to gift cards for the youth and T-shirts for all involved upon completion of the project, funds will be used for paint; supplies, including scaffolding; power washing; daily snacks and a unveiling celebration in early August We hope to raise $7,500 to cover all these costs. Any money raised above and beyond would be earmarked for Heartland Health Center-Albany Park which provides affordable primary care, behavioral health and dental services for uninsured and underserved Albany Park residents.