Chicago Civic Leadership Certificate Program CCLCP

Winning capstone project supports unique
effort to enhance disability services

In May 2012, Sahar Alchammae took home the prestigious Capstone Award for her work on Equestrian Connection’s 2011 annual report. Sahar wrote and edited the text for the report—the first ever published by the 11-year-old not-for profit—and coordinated production with a photographer, a designer, and the organization’s executive director.


Everyone who worked on the annual report donated their inspired labor; printing was underwritten by contributions.


The result is a beautiful 12-page, full-color document intended to spread the word about the work of Equestrian Connections and inspire further support for the organization’s mission. As the report says, that mission is “to improve the quality of life of Equestrian Connection Reportthose with disabilities, emotional illness, and paralysis by providing services that fill voids and address unmet needs with the use of highly trained horses, skilled and experienced therapists, and an understanding pool of volunteers.”


The CCLCP Capstone Award includes a $100 award to the student winner, who also receives an engraved commemorative obelisk. The community partner organization involved in the project also receives a $100 award. The 2012 Capstone Award was funded by the McCormick Foundation.