A letter from Director, Richard Kraut was recently sent to first-year students in Weinberg College asking them to consider joining the Brady Program. Though applications are not due until April, it is not too early to start thinking about how to meaningfully shape the undergraduate experience at Northwestern. Brady offers an opportunity “to grow intellectually, to learn more about the world, to belong to an intimate group of dedicated and lively students, and to make the world a somewhat better place through your collective efforts”.
Brady Sophomores are meeting in small groups with their Grad Fellows to discover social, economic and political challenges in Evanston. They toured the City and heard of its history, its trends, and its developments, courtesy of snapshot Evanston, a program offered by the Evanston Community Foundation. Following the tour, the superintendent of Evanston Township High School (ETHS), Eric Witherspoon spoke to the class about a community-wide initiative, Cradle to Career.
Brady Juniors continue to examine the ways that Evanston assists young adults with cognitive disabilities, the issue this class will focus upon for the Senior Project. They have planned a visit to a transition house, which helps Evanston Township High School graduates learn life skills. After the site visit, Brady Scholars will meet for reflection.
Seniors have begun working with a community group called Our House, a transitional housing project envisioned by some of the team members at Curt’s Café, a non-profit organization that provides training in food service and life skills for at risk youth in Evanston. Brady Seniors hope to raise awareness about youth homelessness in the area, and to assist with fundraising efforts to benefit the project.