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A Bit About Us

The strong relationship Awake has built with the Berwyn community since 2015 – and especially its most vulnerable immigrant residents – has grown out of our deep commitment to our mission to be a catalyst for good relationships, leadership, and justice. Awake has been on the front lines supporting transgender students at Morton high school as they pushed for transparent policies (2017-19), organizing parents to successfully halt school closures (2015), working with residents to implement city policies that protect immigrants (sanctuary city status and $15 minimum wage, 2016-17), as well as exploring options for a local newspaper. Our on-going educational programming annually serves 100+ children through summer reading and STEM programs, and year-round cultural field trips and enrichment workshops, while also providing leadership training to 12-15 local high school students who serve as program aides. Awake was started by members of Unity Lutheran Church, a progressive ELCA church in Berwyn. Awake was awarded its own 501c3 status in 2019.

News & Reports

We work hard to get our efforts noticed by the media and are so proud when this goal comes to fruition. A well informed community is an empowered one as well, so take a look at some of the latest coverage we’ve received below and help spread the word about all the amazing developments at Awake.

November 11, 2021

Read about our impact with our summer programs in 2021.

September 1, 2020

Read about our impact with our summer programs in 2020.

September 1, 2019

Read about our impact with our summer reading program in 2019.

September 1, 2017

Read about our impact with our summer reading program in 2017.

September 1, 2018

Read about our impact with our summer programs in 2018.

January 1, 2018

Learn more about the impact Awake has had in our community.

Awake and Berwyn Running Club raise Covid-19 relief funds

May 19, 2020

Berwyn Aldermen organize Great Berwyn Pie Bake-Off to raise money for Awake programs

December 5, 2016