Parent and youth organizing

Our work began with a focus on housing, but we’ve evolved to respond to families’ comprehensive needs to raise the quality of life in our community. We organize around issues of youth, resiliency, older adults, education, and housing

 
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COMMUNITY SCHOOLS INITIATIVE

Also referred to as ‘After Hours,’ we launched the Community Schools Initiative in 2018 to bring an array of arts, recreational, music, and mentorship activities to Steinmetz College Prep High School. If you’re a student looking to develop your photography skills, find space to destress, explore your passion for music, theater or computer gaming, and much more, then reach out below to connect with our program coordinator. ‘After Hours’ is open to any Chicago Public School Student.

YOUTH COUNCIL

We empower youth to be change-makers who know how to use their power to create change. Our Youth Leadership Council provides a consistent space for students to grow as civic leaders, receive academic and emotional support, and make meaningful peer connections.

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RESILIENCE INITIATIVES

Resilient Belmont Cragin Community Collaborative: a coalition we launched with community partners in 2017 to address childhood adversity, promote healing, and build resilience in our community. Our Youth and Resiliency team are certified trainers in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and have presented to over 300 parents, educators, and residents on the effects of ACEs.

Cook County Violence Prevention Program: in partnership with Steinmetz College Prep High School, we launched a resilience-building initiative in 2018 to help students boost academic performance, reduce violence, and increase attendance. Learn more about our programs, including peer-to-peer mentorship, group resilience-building activities, and parent engagement.


Parent University

Parent University at Steinmetz brings FREE resources, programs, and classes toparents and the community to pursue extended growth opportunities. Our classes explore everything from buying your first home to learning CPR. Check out our full lineup of classes below:

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EDUCATION ORGANIZING
AND PARENT MENTOR PROGRAM

We have seen that when parents, students, and school leaders work together, we can improve the quality of education in Belmont Cragin's public schools. We work to improve the lives of youth and families through expanded educational, arts & cultural, athletic, and leadership development opportunities. 

Our Parent Mentor Program provides in-class, personalized academic and emotional support in our neighborhood’s public schools. Every year, we organize 30+ parents who ensure that every child receives the individual attention they need to succeed.


This is the only organization where I see the community takes command.
— Jose, Community Leader