Our Mission: To take back and rebuild our communities and end the cycle of violence in Chicago. Our programs focus on developing youth leaders by promoting education, career exploration, financial literacy, exploring their passions and community involvement.
Be The Miracle (BTM) was created in 2015 by Hassahn Liggins and Kristen Perteet. They started by holding an essay contest for Chicago high school college-bound scholars. The scholars had to describe how they will use their knowledge in the communities to help with rebuilding them. The winner of the contest received funding to assist in their quest for higher learning and will come back each summer to work in the community. BTM's first charity event was a traditional backyard party that featured music, food, raffles and a silent auction. The proceeds from the event were used to not only support the efforts of BTM but other organizations working to end violence in the city. Hassahn and Kristen believe that the best way to end the cycle of senseless violence in the city is to take back the communities and rebuild them. This can only be done through teamwork which is why they join forces with partner organizations doing similar work. Working together is the only way to save our youth in this city. Be The Miracle Scholars will work in the community to impact the lives of others in a positive way. We also plan and hold forums aimed at unifying and empowering residents.
A Little About the Founders
HASSAHN LIGGINS, CEO
Whether behind the scenes or stealing the scene, Hassahn Liggins (HP) has had success in the entertainment industry as an accomplished Hip-Hop artist, songwriter, journalist, co-author of the book "The Soulful Parent", and the Co-Founder/Host of the Cypher Lounge Radio program. HP is also Producer/Writer of the documentary film and web series, DEMOS. The native Chicagoan considers himself a "Certified World Changer!" Hassahn believes in changing the world for the better and he breathes those sentiments through his motto, "Instead of waiting for the miracle to happen, be the miracle that makes it happen". He connected with his long time friend, fellow DePaul University graduate, and confidant, Kristen Perteet, to create the life-changing organization, "Be The Miracle." Together, Hassahn and Kristen plan on impacting the world with powerful, profound, purposeful, and positive energy. Find out more about Hassahn Phenomenon at www.hassahnphenonmenonlive.com, and don't forget to Be The Miracle.
Kristen Perteet, COO
Born and raised in Chicago, Kristen Perteet has worked with youth in the field of education for over fifteen (15) years. She is a graduate of DePaul University, Spertus Institute and the Illinois Center for Broadcasting. Her passions are family, her dog Sasha, friends and sports. While working with students she preaches the importance of education and life skills and using those tools to help strengthen the community. It is disturbing to Kristen that the beautiful communities of Chicago are being destroyed by the increased violence against our youth. She believes that it is time for the people of Chicago to take back their communities and provide a safe place for the youth to grow into the leaders they are meant to be in this world. It is that belief in the city and her desire to make a difference that led Kristen and her long time friend, Hassahn Liggins, to create "Be The Miracle."
The Founders are only as good as their team so this is who they are
Julie Perteet, Executive Director
Karl Perteet, Director of Operations
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Linda Liggins, President
Cyd Lockett, Treasurer
Maria Isabel, Secretary
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William Andre Buchanan, Member
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Wendy Cloyd, Member
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Rhonda Ingersol Hardy, Member
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Michael Liggins, Member
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