Flyer for AGB Foundation Dec. 9 bike and scooter giveaway event

It is that time of year again! We want to invite your loved ones to the AGB Foundation’s Annual Bike Giveaway on December 9, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. In partnership with Walmart, Troost Cemeteries, and Power 92.3, we invite you to get a FREE BRAND-NEW BIKE or SCOOTER at 7545 S. Western Ave. Come out to take pictures with Santa Claus, enjoy music with Power 92, and sip on some hot cocoa!

Bikes and scooters are  on a first come, first served basis. One bike per car or walk-up. Walk-ups are for individuals on public transportation only. If you have a car and park to walk up, you will not receive a bike. We are not responsible if your car gets towed. Please turn into the parking lot off Western Avenue to receive a bike.

We can’t wait to see you there!

The AGB Foundation is proud to present a four-part series for college-age students and young professionals called  The Money Mindset. These informative presentations will cover the fundamentals of paying for college, budgeting to keep debt at a minimum, learning to save, and investing for your future. The series will be offered online every Tuesday in April at 6:00 pm, and it’s absolutely free to participate. 

The following sessions of The Money Mindset will be offered on Tuesdays from 6:00 to 7:00 pm

April 4 | Best Way to Own It 
presented by Norris Jackson, Real Estate Agent, Kale Realty

April 11 | Is College Worth It? 
presented by David Borom, Partner, The Waterbear Group

April 18 | Where Do I Start? 
presented by Cassandra Betts, Vice President, Community Manager/Community & Business Development at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

April 25 | Take the Edge Off Investments
presented by Les Goldstein, Chief Investment Officer at Personal Financial Strategies


Reserve your seat for one or all of the sessions today!

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Money Mindset April 2023 educational workshop series for young adults

Motivated young high school and college students in Chicago are invited to apply for the 2023 AGB Summer Business Internship. This robust, six-week paid internship experience pairs qualified students with successful businesses, nonprofits, and public organizations that are minority operated or owned. The exposure is meant to inspire Chicago youth to pursue their own goals for entrepreneurship and professional success. Read more

AGB Foundation 2022 Bike Giveaway

The AGB Foundation is pleased to present our third annual Bike Giveaway, one of our favorite events of the year!  Since 2020, we have gifted more than 300 children’s bikes during the holiday season, thanks to our partnership with Walmart and the generosity of AGB donors. This year, we will again give away bicycles to children aged 2 to 10 living in the 60620 zip code on Saturday, December 10, at 11 am. Kids will also receive a candy cane, hot cocoa, and the opportunity to take a picture with Santa!

We would appreciate it if you RSVP so that we can plan ahead and be sure to have enough bicycles. This event is first come, first served.

A big thank you to our donors for being our strongest supporters throughout the year, and especially during the holidays. If you are interested in volunteering your time and talent to the event, please email us. Happy Holidays!

Your continued support allows us to impact even more young people and families in underserved communities. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your generosity.

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AGB Foundation Divvy Bike-a-Thon 8-6-2022

Hey Chicago, join us Saturday, August 6, for a fun event that will get your blood pumping—and support our work to develop young business leaders of color.

The first annual DIVVY Bike-A-Thon is a 5K route that participants can either ride or walk. The event benefits the Always Giving Back (AGB) Foundation’s Alumni Network and Scholarship Fund, which provides needed financial resources to young people seeking higher education as well as professional guidance and workforce development.

The Bike-A-Thon will kick off at 8:30 am with a continental breakfast for all registered participants. Bikers are invited to check in to receive their racing number and water for the ride. The first round of riders will leave at 9:00 am sharp. The Bike-A-Thon route begins and ends at AGB headquarters, 7545 S. Western Ave. in Chicago.

Sign up to ride a DIVVY bike for $10, or walk the route for $5. Bring your family members, friends, and colleagues to join you for an enjoyable morning supporting a deserving cause!


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AGB Foundation Bike Giveaway event graphic for 12/22/21

One of our favorite events at the Foundation is the annual Bike Giveaway, which helps kick off the holiday season early. Last year, we brought Christmas cheer to residents of the 60620 community with hot chocolate, a black Santa Claus, and 100 brand-new children’s bicycles. It gave us so much joy to give bikes to kids who had never had their own. The smiles on their faces were priceless, and inspired us to give back even more this year.

Thanks to our partnership with Walmart and the generosity of Always Giving Back Foundation donors, we are looking forward to gifting 200 kids’ bikes this year! We will distribute them to children in underserved areas of Chicago on Saturday, December 11, 2021.

In keeping with our tradition, we will serve hot chocolate from a heated tent (after all this is Chicago), and will enjoy a two-hour visit with not just any Santa, but Chicago’s Black Santa—Dreezy Claus! A big thank you to our donors for being our strongest supporters throughout the year, and especially during the holidays.

If you are interested in volunteering your time and talent to the event, please email Venetta Coley. Happy Holidays!

Your continued support allows us to impact even more young people and families in underserved communities. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your generosity.


AGB Foundation postcard for virtual silent auction Nov. 26 to Dec. 3, 2021

Shop for holiday gifts and help a great cause at the same time during the Always Giving Back Foundation Silent Auction, taking place online November 26 through December 3, 2021.

The Silent Auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year, an annual event that makes many of our programs possible. Because of COVID, this year’s Silent Auction is a virtual experience. Participants can bid on various high-end items beautifully presented and ready for gifting (or enjoying).

This year’s fundraising goal is $10,000, and proceeds will support the foundation’s programs for underserved members of the community. These include professional internships, college scholarships, and direct assistance to families, such as our upcoming bike giveaway event.

We have curated an exciting collection of Silent Auction prizes this year, including tickets to a Chicago Bulls basketball game, two-night luxury hotel stays in Chicago, high-end restaurant gift certificates, clothing, massages and more! If you are on social media, please like and follow us on Facebook for details on our fantastic Silent Auction items.

Registration is now open through our secure partner Silent Auction Pro! You’ll need to create an account to view a sampling of auction items, and it only takes a minute to set that up. Your credit card will not be charged unless you are the highest bidder on an item.

The bidding begins on Black Friday, November 26, and closes December 3, 2021. All are invited to participate in the bidding and support the mission of the Always Giving Back Foundation!

The AGB Foundation is pleased to partner with the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation (GAGDC) for another Free Food Pop Up and Vax event! Attendees will receive fresh fruits and vegetables and can also get COVID vaccines at the event, which starts at 10 am on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. The AGB Foundation will host a book bag giveaway, donating sturdy book bags in bright colors for elementary school children and 20-piece school supply kits. This event is open to the public and will be held in the Save a Lot parking lot at 7938 S. Halsted St. in Chicago.

Our Summer Business Interns collaborated with the GAGDC previously to pass out more than 200 book bags stuffed with school supplies and PPE materials in time for the new school year!

This community partnership aligns with the AGB Foundation’s culture of giving and our mission to pay it forward in our own backyard of Englewood and other underserved areas of Chicago. We are committed to disrupting the cycle of poverty in black and brown communities, and we believe that providing educational tools helps move us toward that goal.

Teaming with the GAGDC allows us to expand our reach to include the service area of Auburn Gresham, Englewood, and West Chatham. It also allows our organizations to support one another and make a greater impact. We are proud to be a member of the GAGDC and stand with them in their efforts to promote economic development, health, safety, and sustainability on the far South Side of Chicago.

The Free Food Pop Up and Vax event will be supported by AGB Foundation members and our Marketing Department. If you are interested in volunteering to assist with our backpack giveaway, please send an email to Venetta Coley. You are also welcome to assist our efforts with a charitable donation!


AGB Summer Business interns assist with summer backpack giveaway


Seeking Donations for a Successful Fundraiser

The AGB Foundation is gathering in-kind donations for our 10th annual fundraiser, held virtually from Nov. 26 to Dec. 1, 2021. Your donation of an item or gift card for an experience will be used to create themed baskets for an online auction.

In years past, we have raffled off incredible prizes, including gift certificates to restaurants, tickets to sporting events, salon services, fine artwork, and so much more. Please support our efforts this year with a donation for our gift baskets!

Your donated gifts and other revenue raised from our campaign will directly support the following programs:

  • Business Internships for young adults
  • College Scholarships for freshmen
  • Family First initiatives to assist parents and children in need

All donated items are tax deductible, and donors will be recognized in all our print and digital marketing materials.

Examples of items we would be delighted to receive include: gift certificates, tickets for performances or athletic events, airline or hotel vouchers, signed sports memorabilia, memberships to museums, high-end wines and craft liquors, tickets to local attractions, and the like. If you know of a business that we could reach out to for a silent auction donation, we’d love your recommendations!

Have an item to donate? Please send an email to Venetta Coley. Be sure to include a description of the item and its value, along with your contact information, business name, logo, and website address. If we need to pick up the donation, please let us know. Otherwise, we ask that you mail the item(s) to Always Giving Back Foundation, 7545 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60620.

2021 Silent Auction poster


Portrait of AGB Summer Business Internship participants in professional dress



Congratulations to our sixth cohort of Summer Business Interns! They spent seven weeks with us this summer, learning what it takes to run a successful business.

The highlight of this year’s program was a capstone presentation to the executive team at AGB Investigative Services. The interns became department experts and provided assessments with recommended improvements for the areas they worked in. This gifted group of young people was eager to learn about the skills and experience needed to operate the various departments. Working at AGB inspired several interns to explore entrepreneurship, thanks to the example set by John and Denitra Griffin, and all they have accomplished.

This year, we expanded the Summer Business Internship to 25 students and were able to offer them a weekly stipend, thanks to our targeted youth investment funding and a state grant that we were awarded. 

Our interns worked across every department in AGB. They spent time in Marketing, Procurement, Finance, Human Resources, and—for the first time—Fleet, where they saw the logistical side of AGB. The cohort came away with a wealth of experience! Students learned how to draft contracts, studied the science behind marketing research, and got a first-hand look at how the Foundation creates content and facilitates programs.

Your support allows us to continue providing a REAL (Real Experience Always Learning) opportunity to deserving young people of color. We couldn’t do it without you!

Please consider supporting the foundation today with a tax-deductible gift.

“Providing internship opportunities . . . changes the whole equation.”   —Eduardo J. Padron, educator  


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“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.” Mary McLeod Bethune.

We love our Interns at AGB. This month’s news letter is dedicated to Kinaya Kerr. Kinaya is a recent graduate of Whitney M. Young Magnet High School and a returning AGB Intern.  She is working under the leadership and guidance of Sara Martinez, the Program Director for the AGB Foundation.  Kinaya was given a leadership role as an Intern Supervisor. She will be attending FAMU (Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University) in the fall where she plans to major in Business Administration. I had the opportunity to interview this dynamic young lady.

  1. Tell me the difference between last year’s intern program and this year’s intern program and how have you grown so far? “I think that last year my group missed out on the personal connection and attention. We were in the office about 12 times over the course of 6 weeks. The 2021 cohort gained an abundance of in-person office experience. This year, I’m a leader as opposed to just an intern. The most valuable lesson I learned was how to be a leader. With Sara as my supervisor, she created a great environment for me inside and outside of work.  I have been a little bit intimidated by a person’s level in the past but Sara created a space to build a personal connection. That was something that I realized was important to being an effective leader. Being both the Intern Supervisor and their peer, I thought it was critical for them to understand I’m here to lead and not be an authority figure. A leader is only as strong as their team, and they have to be willing to follow.”
  2. What are you most passionate about learning personally or professionally? Personally, I am passionate about learning how to be more confident in myself. I have always been gifted intellectually but I have had experiences where that was frowned upon. Professionally, I  want to learn how to overcome fear. I want to be an entrepreneur.  I will encounter some failures and hardships. I want to acquire more tools to assist me in dealing with those obstacles. One of my biggest goals, as I enter college, is to learn how to communicate effectively.  I’m reserved, and an introvert, so I want to learn how to be more assertive; especially when representing myself in the workforce.
  3. Tell me about your volunteer and community service experience inside and outside of AGB? With AGB, we planned a car wash to raise money for the Foundation. As the lead on that project, I learned the details needed to make an event like that come to life. We had a great time planning the event, and it was a success. For the past 3 years, I was in an organization called Top Teens of America, where I was the Vice President of the Midway Chicago Chapter my last two years in the organization. We would go to senior homes for Christmas, and Valentines day. We would serve them food, play bingo, and host ice cream socials. We planned Halloween parties for children’s shelters and made Easter baskets for the kids. I love kids, and it made me so happy to see their faces light up when they saw us.
  4. What would you like to leave us with in terms of telling the reader who you are? I am like a butterfly. When I was in 7th and 8th grade, I was very self-conscious about myself. I was not proud of myself. I was a caterpillar then. Now, I am so proud of myself and the growth I see in myself. High school was like the cocoon stage. I was discovering who I was, from my passions to what my dream career would be. In college, I will emerge as a powerful young lady.  My favorite quote is, “pressure makes diamonds” because there is a lot I will go through as a black woman in America that I need to be prepared for.

When you let the youth lead, you will learn things about them you never knew and discover skills and talents you didn’t know they had.”

AGB is paving the way for our future Black and Brown leaders of America.  Please continue to support the AGB Foundation. If you would like to make a donation please click on the following link:

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