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IPL Fundraiser

Other highlights of the Annual IPL Fundraiser included a silent auction, Vocalist Alisa Sims and Hors d'oeuvres. The centerpiece of the evening, August Wilson’s Seven Guitars, received a standing ovation. Seven Guitars, August Wilson's haunting Century Cycle play about fate, justice, and the Blues. In the backyard of a Pittsburgh tenement in 1948, six characters gather to mourn the missing seventh: Floyd "Schoolboy" Barton

Mayor's Visit
Violence Stops Here Contest Winners
Meet the Mayor

Boys II Men Ambassadors logo

Check out the section of web pages created by Institute for Positive Living’s Boys II Men program. Click on the graphic for an enjoyable and educational experiencce!

Open Book participants from Schmidt Elementary perform.
Author Event with
Barbara Hathaway
Schmidt performs
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Jewell Parker Rhodes

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AmazonSmile & #GivingTuesday:
Two New Ways to Donate to IPL

The Institute for Positive Living (IPL) has two new ways that make it easy to donate this Holiday Season: AmazonSmile and #GivingTuesday.


By participating in the AmazonSmile program when you shop on Amazon, you can contribute to the Institute for Positive Living without spending a dime of your own money.

AmazonSmile allows you to chose a charity or non-profit of your choice that will receive a portion of your purchase while shopping on By selecting Institute for Positive living as your non-profit of choice, Amazon will donate to IPL 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. Here are the easy steps to get started:

  1. Visit
  2. Sign in with your login
  3. Type in “Institute for Positive Living” then click “select”
  4. Start shopping!
  5. Just remember to always login and shop at — it’s just like the regular Amazon website, but that’s how you get your shopping dollars to count for IPL

When you select a product you want to purchase, look to the right side of the page to see if the item is eligible for AmazonSmile donation, (most items are). That’s it! You get the same reliable, fast service of Amazon while helping us help others.

That’s all there is to it! And thanks to you, the good that IPL does can grow and grow—for AmazonSmile is a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year.

And don’t forget Cyber Monday on November 30, 2015. When you do your cyber shopping at AmazonSmile, you not only save lots of money, your purchases will also benefit Institute for Positive Living.

You can also spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. Just copy and paste this copy:

Join me by kicking off your Holiday Season by Supporting Institute for Positive Living at AmazonSmile!

When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Institute for Positive Living. Bookmark the link and support us every time you shop.

Amazon donates to Institute for Positive Living when you shop @AmazonSmile. #YouShopAmazonGives


On Thanksgiving Day, we’ll be gathering with family and friends to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. And then comes Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two days for getting deals.

Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.

On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

And wouldn’t #GivingTuesday be the perfect day to make your Holiday/End of the year donation to the Institute for Positive Living?

We hope, you already have selected the Institute for Positive Living at AmazonSmile. But if you haven’t #GivingTuesday would be a good day to make that happen.

And don’t forget to make your own personal tax deductible donations to the Institute for Positive Living and all our programs including our signature Open Book Program.

Contribute by clicking on the Donate Button at

Or send in your donation to:
Institute for Positive Living
435 E. 35th St.
Chicago, IL 60616.

Another Way to Donate

If you missed making your Holiday/End of the Year donation on #GivingTuesday, DON’T WORRY! Just follow the directions for sending in your contributions:

Click on the Donate Button at

Or send in your donation to:
Institute for Positive Living
435 E. 35th St.
Chicago, IL 60616.

Highlights of Our Youth Write of Passage Violence Prevention Program
sponsored by
African American Legacy/
The Chicago Community Trust
IPL's Youth Write of Passage Violence Prevention Program was sponsored by the African American Legacy/The Chicago Community Trust (The Chicago Community Trust).


Monroe Elementary School in Logan Square will be the site of an IPL Open Book Program because of an AT&T Investing in Illinois Award” from AT&T Illinois. Pictured (l-r): Monroe Assistant Principal Bryan Quinlan, State Senator Iris Martinez (D-20), AT&T Director, External Affairs Sylvia Aldrete, Marrice Coverson, President, Institute for Positive Living, and Monroe Principal Ricardo C. Trujillo.

The Institute for Positive Living (IPL) has received an “AT&T Investing in Illinois Award” from AT&T Illinois The award and a check were presented during a ceremony on October 24, 2014 at Monroe Elementary School, 3651 W Schubert Ave. in Chicago.

IPL is receiving public recognition and a contribution of $2,000 from AT&T to be used to enhance literacy in the Logan Square Community through the organization’s Open Book Program that focuses on increasing the love for reading. The program will focus on students from Monroe Elementary.

“In a digital world and an Internet economy, AT&T is helping consumers and businesses move forward by delivering wired and wireless broadband solutions. We’re also helping the communities we serve move forward through corporate contributions to Illinois non-profit groups and programs that are making a difference locally,” said Sylvia Aldrete, AT&T External Affairs Manager.

Senator Iris Martinez moninated the organization for the recognition from AT&T Illinois. 

The AT&T Investing in Illinois Awards provide resources and recognition to organizations and programs that are improving lives in their communities and the state by advancing education, economic growth, new technologies and other essential community services.


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What's What
A Message from
Our Founder
Marrice Coverson


Dear friends of IPL,

Thanks for all your support throughout the years. Your donations ensure that the Institute for Positive Living can continue to fulfill its mission of promoting the quality of community life through our special focus of helping families solve educational, social and economic problems.

Your donations also help IPL’s unique Open Book Program continue its valuable work of inspiring children to love to read. Remember: Love of Reading = Succeeding at Reading.

Also, current research shows that kids who are able to read and understand are also able to make positive choices. These children choose to not involve themselves in drugs and violence.

Therefore, your donations to IPL equal more kids loving and succeeding at reading and also helps them make the positive life choices that keep themselves and their communities safe.

Now, it's the holiday season and time to open your hearts and your checkbooks, credit cards, etc. once again to help the Institute for Positive Living.

This year we're asking you to kick off your Holiday Season by contributing to the Institute for Positive Living.

Here are three ways you can give—and one of them, AmazonSmile, will help you give to IPL while doing your holiday shopping.

AmazonSmile. IPL is now partnering with Amazon through their AmazonSmile program. Just follow the instructions in our article. Start by clicking on the AmazonSmile link.

#GivingTuesday. Join people from around the world as they celebrate generosity and giving. Make sure you’ve selected Institute for Positive Living at AmazonSmile. And what a great day to send in your Holiday/End of the Year to IPL.

Whether you donate on #GivingTuesday or another day, all you have to do is:

Contribute via our Donate Button at

Or send in your donation to:
Institute for Positive Living
435 E. 35th St.
Chicago, IL 60616.

Remember that your donations are VERY IMPORTANT.

Thank you for your generosity.

For more information, please contact me at 773-924-9802 or via email at

Rev. Marrice Coverson
President, Institute for Positive Living
Executive Director, Open Book Program




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