About us

~ This is Common Roots Initiative ~


Common Roots Initiative (CRI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that delivers opportunities inspiring under-resourced high school youth and their teachers to courageously create fulfilling careers. We discover & share engaging academic/career-oriented experiences, with a lean toward innovation, opportunity, care and fun. CRI connects education and real-life application in the minds of our future leaders and the ones who shape them by facilitating their acquisition of field trips, camps, workshops, internships, apprenticeships, professional-development courses, classroom project support and college scholarships. We are driven to significantly expand the options available to high school students and educators struggling to overcome unfavorable circumstances.

Since 2010, we've awarded about $10,000 in financial assistance to west suburban Chicago (Cook County) students & teachers. If you are interested in helping with our mission (i.e. donating, joining our mailing list, providing fundraising or partnership ideas and/or volunteering), please contact us.