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ABOUT

Created in March of 2020 by six Chicago Public School Students, Connecting Chicago is a response to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on daily life.

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FOUNDER

Rem is a high school junior at Walter Payton who, as school came to an abrupt halt, was eager to help during the COVID-19 crisis in a socially distant and safe way. He was motivated to found Connecting Chicago when he saw the effects of isolation as a result of the virus on his grandmother who lives in senior housing. Rem enjoys connecting others because it creates an opportunity to meet new people that have different perspectives.

REM JOHANNKNECHT
CO-FOUNDER

Lucy is a part of Walter Payton's Class of 2022 where she is the Vice President of Special Olympics, a Best Buddies Peer Buddy, and the manager of the football and boys basketball teams. Outside of school, Lucy works for the Chicago Cubs and is a volunteer for Best Buddies Illinois. Lucy has a passion for helping others and bringing people together which is what inspired her to co-found Connecting Chicago. She is excited to see what comes of Connecting Chicago as it expands to help more people across the City. 

LUCY GOLD
LOGISTICS COORDINATOR

Walter Payton junior Hannah Bartels is the logistics coordinator at Connecting Chicago. She joined the organization with affected family members and neighbors in mind. Hannah was interested in contributing to the Connecting Chicago team as she saw the way it allowed a large community to become more close-knit. Outside of Connecting Chicago, Hannah is a varsity track and cross country runner, advisory leader, and enjoys creating art and cooking!

HANNAH BARTELS
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Francesca Turrinelli is a senior at Walter Payton College Prep. After seeing the important and impactful work that Connecting Chicago had been doing, she joined in order to help expand the reach of the organization to as many people as possible through graphic design. 

FRANCESCA TURRINELLI
SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

Savi Smith, an 11th grader at Walter Payton, is the social media coordinator at Connecting Chicago. She joined to reach as many people as possible who may need help. She herself has struggled with social self-isolation and has family members in high risk groups. She feels it is more important than ever to support our community by giving additional materials for those in need. 

SAVI SMITH
SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

Fiona Glascott, a Senior at Lane Tech, is the social media coordinator for Connecting Chicago. She joined to help anyone looking for extra support in school. Dealing with a learning disability herself, she understands the importance of having learning resources available. Fiona wants to be sure as many students as possible get the help they need by spreading the word through social media. She is also excited to meet new students through her one-on-one tutoring sessions. With her free time she loves to run, hangout with friends and shop!

FIONA GLASCOTT