Breaking Ground’s mission is to seek and develop those who desire to become instruments of lasting change in their community. Breaking Ground works to fulfill this mission by creating educational and employment opportunities. Since 1998, Breaking Ground has seen over 2,400 students come through its doors and has created a wide variety of employment opportunities to develop its graduates.

“Breaking Ground is a place where you can walk into and come out another person.” – APL Teaching Factory Student

We strive to reach out to an inner-city neighborhood, North Lawndale, which is struggling with the traumatic consequences of urban poverty: poor schools, low levels of education, drug addiction, unstable housing, crime, high rates of incarceration, and homelessness. Our mission is to establish, educate, and empower North Lawndale families to gain the economic and spiritual tools that lead to hope and self-sufficiency.

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