Community / Individual

Brent Hamlet - Chicago Collegiate Charter School

Brent is Writer, Speaker, Community Organizer, and Educator. He currently sits on the staff with Chicago Collegiate Charter School on Chicago's far South Side, in the department of Student Support Services. Prior to joining their team, he was employed at Civic Education Project, an award-winning program that combines service learning with academic study and reflection. He finished his post-secondary education at City Colleges of Chicago, Alcorn State University, and Northeastern Illinois University. As a long time activist, he accepted a fellowship with Young People For, a year-long leadership development program for young people committed to creating positive social change in their communities. During that time, he was employed as a Community Organizer with the United African Organization, Action Now, Jane Addams Senior Caucus, and was selected by Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx to serve as a law clerk with the Juvenile Detention Center. Born and raised on Chicago’s South Side, Brent is a proud leader with South Siders organized for Unity and Liberation, better known as SOUL and is a board member with Democracy for America, Coalition of Justice and Respect, and a proud Mikva Challenge Teacher. In these circles and others, he emphasizes positive youth development and strategic civic engagement. Both of those items allow him to outline issues impacting communities of color. He enjoys plays and museums, is an avid reader, loves going out to eat, traveling, swimming and spending time with friends and family.