Program Update

Greetings Friends,

Chicago HOPES for Kids summer session is underway and so far it has been a great success! In addition to our core literacy programming, field trips, outdoor play, gardening, crafting, arts, music and more have presented plentiful opportunities for our kids’ imaginations to expand and soar. We are fortunate to have a cohort of exceptional Site Coordinators who have been demonstrating leadership and dedication to the program through their creative implementation of programming, as well as consistent and enthusiastic collaboration with volunteers, shelter partners and enrichment partners. Thank you!

This summer we have welcomed several new enrichment partners, whose diverse programming has enhanced and complemented that of our more established partners. MODOS Dance Theater is bringing engaging, relevant experiences to our Primo Englewood program, while Next Wave STEM offers our Ridgeland program close encounters with robotics and drone technology. Free Lunch Academy is supporting our youth at several sites with strategies to support positive social interactions, while The Insight Project for Kids helps kids illuminate their inner worlds and learn to find calm and inner balance. Mad Science is bringing physics and chemistry experiences to six of our seven sites, while The Poetry Foundation and Harmony, Hopes and Healing are taking their engaging arts programming to new faces and spaces for summer session.

We are also very happy to have some program initiatives expanding our reach towards middle school-aged participants. Thank you to Noreen Haque-Colombe at Classrooms Inc. for training AmeriCorps volunteers and Site Coordinators on new technology-based engineering programming for Primo Englewood. Thank you also to Doug O’Roark and Math Circles for enhancing middle school programming at Cornerstone for the summer.

I’d like to extend a special thank you to Gerardo Valadez and Bloomingdale’s, Sloma Real Estate, Alex Galvan and Frieda Holley for coordinating a very special and memorable field trip to the Medinah Temple store involving preparation of a tasty, healthy meal in the Test Kitchen! We are also looking forward to a field trip later this month for our Cornerstone program to the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier, generously sponsored by Village MD.

Finally, Chicago HOPES for Kids summer programming simply could not be possible without the efforts of our AmeriCorps members and dedicated volunteers who provide support in countless ways to facilitate memorable, uplifting and empowering experiences for the children in our programs and their families. Parent programs, developmental curriculum, math curriculum, office support and outreach are just a few examples of the ways they have contributed to the growth of this endeavor. Thank you sincerely for all that you do!