Friday, May 29, 2015

Summer jobs available with MAPSCorps

MAPSCorps is seeking applications for summer mappers. Mappers are trained by University of Chicago researchers and college students to walk each block of different South Side neighborhoods, collecting information about every business and organization providing goods or services to the public. Applicants must be at least 16 years old and an incoming high school junior, senior, or college freshman. The deadline for applications is June 5. Mappers will work Monday-Thursday from July 6 to August 13 and are paid $8.25 hour. To learn more, check out this video. To apply, go to the After School Matters online application and search "MAPSCorps".

Opportunity for high school students to learn coding this summer for free

CoderSpace Summer Program (Apply by June 15)

CoderSpace is hosting an 8-week summer program which offers high school students (including students who will graduate from 8th grade in June) the opportunity to learn the basic coding languages that power the web (HTML, CSS, and JS). Students gain experience in web development, teamwork, and leadership as they work together in small teams to design and build websites for local businesses. The program runs Monday through Friday from July 6 to August 28 at the Community Programs Accelerator at the University of Chicago. The program is FREE and laptops and CTA passes are provided. For more information and to apply, click here

How to become a member of the HPKCAC

It's easy to become a voting member of the Hyde Park/Kenwood Community Action Council. Just fill out this application and come to meetings! Our next meeting will take place at 6pm on June 24. The location will be announced shortly.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Check out the Asset Map that Block 58 made for the HPKCAC!

The HPKCAC is extremely grateful to Block 58 for putting together a searchable Asset Map for the greater Hyde Park/Kenwood community. This Asset Map can be searched according to 12 categories. You can type in your address and find a wide range of services and activities for children within 2 blocks or up to 2 miles from your home.

If you notice something that is incorrect or missing from the Asset Map, please send us an email and let us know! The HPKCAC's email address is

Friday, May 22, 2015

May 27 CAC meeting to be held at Reavis Elementary School

Our May CAC meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 27 at Reavis Elementary Math & Science Special School at 834 E. 50th Street. We will be meeting from 6pm - 8pm in Room 109. A tour will be offered at 5:30pm.

At the meeting students from Bret Harte will tell us about their trip to Washington DC and Block 58 (a student group at the University of Chicago) will debut the asset map which they prepared for the HPKCAC. We will have laptops at the meeting for small groups to do searches and test out the asset map!

See you then!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Volunteers needed for Career Day at Wendell Phillips Academy High School on May 27

Volunteers are needed for Career Day at Wendell Phillips Academy High School (244 E. Pershing) on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 from 8:15am - 12pm. Anyone with an interesting career is invited to attend. Speed networking volunteers are also needed.

Career panelists would answer questions posed by a moderator about their jobs, responsibilities, etc.
Speed networking volunteers would be interviewing groups of students. Volunteers can stay for as long as they are able. Breakfast will be provided from 7:30am - 8:15am.

For more information, see the attached flyer.

End-of-the-year Free Ecology Field Trips to Lake Michigan available

Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab is offering FREE field trips for 6th-12th graders to Lake Michigan to learn about water ecology, the cultural history of the shores of Lake Michigan, how students' everyday behaviors affect the Great Lakes, and how to be good stewards of this amazing resource.

Free transportation provided.

For more information, click here.

Free Summer Camp on the topic of the environment offered by Kenwood Synagogue for high school students

From DNA Info:
K.A.M. Isaiah Israel is offering free summer camps for high school students interested in the environment.
Those interested should act quickly because the two four-week sessions starting July 5 and Aug. 2 fill up quickly.
Over four Sundays, kids learn about urban farming and sustainable land use from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the synagogue’s garden at 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd. Those who participate can also earn community service credit while working on projects about resource conservation and food justice with experienced urban farmers and environmentalists.

The application deadline is June 19 and interested students are required to fill out an application at and submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or community member.

"Promoting Healthy Living on Chicago's South Side" program at Murray Language Academy on June 13

Network 9 and University of Chicago Medicine are offering a program on healthy living for the whole family at Murray Language Academy (5335 S. Kenwood) on Saturday, June 13, from 9am - 11am.

Topics to be covered include community health trends, healthy meal preparation, and asthma control.

Parking is available in the school lot; refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Mike McGehee (Office of FACE):

Monday, May 18, 2015

Contact information for Hyde Park/Kenwood public schools

The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference has put together a table of information about Hyde Park/Kenwood public schools. There is contact information for each school as well as information about whether a uniform is required. The table also gives the times for open houses; for those schools that do not have a regular open house, please contact the school individually. 

"Charging up the Classroom: The Future of Battery Science" program for high school students on June 4

Argonne National Laboratory is sponsoring a program for high school science and STEM classrooms interested in science, technology, and clean energy innovation. Charging Up the Classroom: The Future of Battery Science is an educational and interactive showcase event which features an agenda comprised of workshops and hands-on demonstrations led by dynamic entrepreneurs and scientists. This event aims to educate and enlighten students about the “power” of batteries and their potential to change the world we live in—from electric cars to solar energy to mobile devices. Throughout the day, students will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn about cutting-edge battery technologies
  • Participate in motivational workshops and hands-on demonstrations
  • Engage with entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers
  • Explore possible career pathways in energy science
The event will showcase the thriving battery research and innovation ecosystem in Chicago and the Midwest and show students how they can take advantage of new opportunities as the future generation of battery science leaders.
When:June 4, 2015, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where:The Harper Court Skydeck
5235 South Harper Court, 11th Floor
Chicago, IL 60615
Register Now
Registration deadline: May 22

The event is free and lunch will be provided. For questions, contact Argonne’s Education Department at

Teacher Appreciation Night at the Oriental Institute on May 20

The Oriental Institute (1155 E. 58th Street) is hosting a reception and event for classroom teachers and school administrators on May 20 from 5-8pm. Meet staff from a wide range of K–12 education and outreach offices at the University of Chicago. Enjoy a few thematic tours led by the Oriental Institute’s archaeologists. Take this opportunity to explore the premier educational resources and research materials available to teachers. This is open to all teachers and school administrators of all disciplines and all grade levels. 3 CPDUs. For more information and to RSVP, click here

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Sundae in the Park with JPAC on May 17

Sundae in the Park with JPAC 

South Shore Cultural Center
7059 S. Shore Drive

Join the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) on Sunday, May 17, for "Sundae in the Park with JPAC," a celebration of children in nature. JPAC will host this family-friendly ice cream social, highlighting summer park activities and all that beautiful Jackson Park has to offer children and adults of all ages.

Guests will enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream sundae bar in the Cultural Center. The event will feature kids' activities, a raffle, and a silent auction, along with musical performances. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Summer jobs in Chicago for young people ages 14-24: deadline is May 15

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that the application for 2015 summer jobs is open now through May 15thOne Summer Chicago will offer 24,000 employment opportunities – 2,000 more than last year – for youth ages 14 to 24.  The application can be accessed at
The Mayor’s announcement letter is attached can be found here. You can contact the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services Youth Hotline at (312) 743-0208 for further information about One Summer Chicago.
Chicago Department of Family  & Support Services
1615 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60622

Summer applications for After School Matters now available for teenagers

After School Matters programs are offered at community organizations, parks, high schools and libraries throughout Chicago, as well as downtown at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts (66 East Randolph).
To participate in After School Matters programs, teens must be Chicago residents at least 14 years of age and currently enrolled in a Chicago Public Schools high school (*a limited number of opportunities are available to teens who attend non-CPS schools).

After School Matters teens will be eligible to earn a monetary stipend for their participation in programs.
  • Develop your skills in the arts, communications, science, sports and technology.
  • Learn career readiness skills to help prepare you for life after high school.
  • Work with professional instructors who are among the best in their fields.
  • Make new friends in your community and throughout Chicago, and
  • Have fun!