Monday, July 31, 2017

Community Grants available through Illinois Humanities with deadline of September 15

The Illinois Humanities Community Grants program is back up and running after two cycles of hiatus. Their categories for grants are: planning, strategy and evaluation grants (Vision, up to $2,000); project grants (Action, up to $4,000); and partnership and collaboration initiatives (Multiplier, up to $15,000). Learn more about each category and apply by September 15th here.
Illinois Humanities pays special attention to project ideas that explore more innovative program formats, that try to attract new audiences, and that explore new tools such as digital platforms. There is a lot of exciting and provocative work happening in Illinois in the arts, culture, and humanities arenas, and they are seeking proposals that help groups take risks and try out new things to grow programmatically and organizationally.
If you have ideas you'd like to bounce around with an Illinois Humanities staffer, feel free to do so by contacting Mark Hallett at 312.374.1555

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Back to School Bash for Network 9 on August 22

CPS will be hosting its 2nd annual Back to School Bash for Network 9 on Tuesday, August 22nd from 2pm-5pm at the DuSable Campus (4934 S. Wabash).  

There will be free school supplies, food, information, and FUN (DJ, games, & raffles)! 

Click here for the flyer.

Last year many community organizations took advantage of the opportunity to talk with families and distribute brochures and flyers about the various services and programs that they offer families and students. If your community organization would like to reserve a table in the Back to School Bash for Network 9, please complete the Google form at this link:


Side-by-Side Summer Learning Camp for Families on July 27

On Thursday, July 27th, Parent University-Bronzeville will host a Side-by-Side Summer Learning Camp for families at Dyett HS for the Arts (555 E. 51st) from 10am-12pm. The event will include a robotics competition, media coverage, and free refreshments for everyone.

Children and parents are encouraged to attend!   

Click here to see the flyer.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

List of free days for CPS students at Chicago museums

Museums in the Parks -- a coalition of Chicago museums located on Chicago Park District property -- has put together this list of museums that will be open to CPS students this summer free of charge.

Public forum on the new single application process for CPS high schools (GoCPS) on July 20

On Thursday July 20th, 6-7:30pm, at Juarez High School, Generation All, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Chicago Teachers Union and Raise Your Hand will hold a public forum on the new single application process for CPS high schools, GoCPS.  

CPS approved the new application at the April Board of Education meeting:
  • All students applying to high school must use single app process
  • Selective Enrollment HSs are NOT included in single app, and charters may opt-in
  • CPS does not yet know how many charters will participate
  • Students will get one offer for high school admission (i.e. from non-SE schools)
  • Neighborhood HS will still be “default” option
  • An algorithm will be used to match students based on their top picks and available seats, but the details of this algorithm have yet to be released
For more info, you can read Generation All’s issue brief on the single application hereWill a Single Application for High Schools Help Expand Equity in Chicago Public Schools?
Questions? Send an email to: