We are thrilled to invite you to ISGMH’s upcoming Annual Reception and New Floor Grand Opening! The reception will be held on Tuesday, June 20th from 4:00-6:00 pm in our brand new 14th floor at 625 N. Michigan Avenue. The reception will feature remarks from Dr. Rex Chisholm and Dr. David Cella, as well as poetry performances from Apollo King and Atlantis Island from the Youth Empowerment Performance Project.
We are looking forward to celebrating both our new floor and all of the great work ISGMH has done in the past year!
Atlantis Sunshine was born and raised in Englewood, on the South Side of Chicago, where religion was enforced and observed in her childhood. She quickly realized music was a passion of hers while she sung in the church choir for years. During high school she was part of the All-City High School Chorus for 4 years, and traveled throughout the country, and to other countries as well, for Choral connections. At the age of 21, Atlantis experienced a tipping point in her life where she wanted to give back to her community. With this new insight, she became certified though the city of Chicago conducting HIV testing and counseling among other health related certifications from the city. During this period of her life she joined YEPP to go back to her roots of performing arts while fighting for a cause. During this time Atlantis put her previous experience to use and obtained a job at Heartland Alliance Human Care Service as a Community Promise Worker, doing what she loves most, giving back to her community. Through networking and sharing her leadership abilities over the years, she secured a job at Howard Brown Health Center as a Research Assistant working directly with trans folks, as well as gender non-conforming folks for two years, and just started working in YEPP as a Resource Advocate. Atlantis is growing everyday as a person, and hopes at some point she can pass down her biggest attribute she gives to this world, which is love.
I am Apollo! I’m a striving leader who loves to perform the skills acquired over time. Most of my time is spent analyzing things that I’m doing and have done a well as relationships I’m involved in. I’ve been a part of YEPP since the first cycle, which performed the play The Other Side of Hurt. Something funny about my life experience is that my blood “family” (some) told me that I would be a great comedian and that I would become a pastor. I feel like both of these things are inherent in me even now. I love to see people smile and generally have positive “comedic” interactions with people. A good laugh brightens anyone’s day and I love to find the inspirations for laughter. I’m not a pastor but, I love the Gospel and it’s derivative music. So I guess in some ways they were right. I’m also an artist and through the year I’ve done some brief parts in plays as well as dabbled in music. I’ve sang some hooks for some “obscure” recording artists and written and performed songs and poems of my own. I’ve learned from my experiences performing that when you have “the stage” make it genuine and people will be moved. It may seem different than how I have experienced it that my most proud accomplishment is one that is ongoing. It is reaching for the prize of my life and which is truly loving myself, my creator, and everyone around me. What matters is my hope for tomorrow, which includes my biggest passion to be an advocate for the communities that I identify with and to be a leader of truth. So many things can happen to support this idea so I won’t try to describe what it will look like, but it will surely be based in love.