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humans of sweet water…meet yaSI Shaker

Yasi visited The Commons with a group of students from Kalamazoo College during the summer of 2018. Soon after, Yasi returned as Sweet Water Foundation’s 2018 Fall Fellow. Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Yasi came to the United States to go to school. As SWF’s Fall Fellow, Yasi has been helping the team build fractals, sharing her passion for environmental justice, and becoming immersed in the practice of Regenerative Neighborhood Development.

Clinton global initiative @the commons

From October 19 - 21, 2018, over 1,000 students from across the world visited Chicago for a three day conference through Clinton Global Initiative University. On the last day of the conference, 32 of those students spent an afternoon at The Commons for the conference’s Day of Action. The Commons became a space of reflection, connection, and conversation.

national Organization of Minority Architects @ the commons

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, more than 75 people that traveled to Chicago to attend the 46th Annual NOMA International Conference and Exposition gathered at The Commons for a day of [de]construction, [re]construction, and [re]connections. NOMA volunteers worked alongside the SWF team throughout the day on various projects across The Commons..


Transforming 'Blight' to Life.

Sweet Water Foundation utilizes a blend of urban agriculture, art and education to transform vacant spaces and abandoned buildings into economically and ecologically productive and sustainable community assets that produce engaged youth, skilled workers, art, locally-grown food , and affordable housing.


Regenerative Neighborhood Development


Engaging Families


Cultivating Career Pathways


Delivering Experiential Education


Building Local Economy