We work with parents and the school community on issues that impact the quality of education in Chicago Public Schools in the Belmont Cragin community. These include issues such as quality of school lunches, parental involvement and inclusion, school safety among others. The NWSHC hosts parent LSC, PAC, and BAC trainings and workshops throughout the school year. The NWSHC also oversees the Parent Mentor Program at four schools in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood: Peter A. Reinberg, Marvin Camras, Mary Lyon and Belmont-Cragin Elementary Schools. Parents of children at these schools dedicate their time to one classroom, two hours a day/four days a week. Parent Mentors receive a small stipend and attend trainings on Friday mornings from the NWSHC to enrich their knowledge and experience in the classroom, as well as work on personal goals and leadership development.
The NWSHC has nearly 50 dedicated parent volunteers who are assigned to classrooms (not their own child’s), and spend one-on-one time that many children who are behind academically need. The Parent Mentor Program offers a variety of benefits to parents, who learn how the U.S. school system works, build skills necessary to enter the workforce, and develop the ability to be leaders in their community. In addition, students benefit from extra attention in the classroom while teachers learn from parents how to better connect with the community.
If you’re interested in getting involved in our education organizing efforts, contact Mirella “Mimi” Bandera at firstname.lastname@example.org.