Category: Resources

Hands Together, Heart To Art Camp

This July, the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University will be hosting its award-winning summer camp Hands Together, Heart To Art for children ages 7-14. This camp is designed for children who have lost a parent to death. The camp runs in 2 session July 5-16 (ages 7-11) and July 19-30 (ages 10-14) from the hours of 9am-4pm with optional 1 hour pre and post camp child care.

This unique camp uses the arts of theater, music, and dance to help children process and cope with their loss. It also gives them an opportunity to build a support group of peers who have been through the same experience. Campers will participate in singing, dance, drama, music, and group activities involving art to assist in the grieving process . The cost for this camp is just $50 per child. Applications can be downloaded from

Families with multiple children or extreme need can apply for financial assistance through the HTHTA. Scholarship deadline is June 28.



Expungement Summit

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, June 5th 2010

Dorothy Brown, the Clerk of the Circuit of Cook County and a host of others will be hosting a “Expungement Summit” on Saturday June 5, 2010.  This event is for adults & juveniles, and will have volunteer attorneys on site to help w/ expungement and sealing applications. Information on employment, job training, health care and other services for ex-offenders will be available.  The expungement process is when a “record of criminal conviction is destroyed or sealed from the state of Federal repository.” 

There’s a process one has to undergo and a fee but in the end it can make all the difference.  This summit will give you great information on this topic and available resources in your community.


Dwight D. Eisenhower High School

12700 Sacramento Ave., Blue Island, IL


June 5, 2010

Registration begins at 8:30 am and the doors close at 6 pm.

Contact info:

For more information, you can call 312-603-5696 or visit

Also, please read up on the information provided in the expungement packet which can be found at the site above.  It will tell you what information to bring, the expungement process, and help you to find if you qualify for expungement.


The Black Star Project has created a mentor program called “The Warrior, Scholar, & Healer” and are looking for 50 young males ages 13-18 years old.  If you’re looking to give back to your community, get service hours for school, or volunteer opportunities to place on your resume, this is something for you.

I currently mentor youth on a daily basis and let me be the first to say there’s great reward in helping others.  Not only do you get to meet a wide range of people, but you can also have a lasting impact on someone’s life.  Here’s a little bit about the opportunity:

 The Warrior, Scholar, Healer Mentor Program meets four times a month; has a one mentor to 4 youth ratio; works on the issues of respecting elders; teaches youth to value education; teaches youth to honoring parents, young women and girls; teaches youth to be leaders and not followers; connects youth to positive male role models; travels to other parts of the city on field trips; brings in guest speakers; practices self-discipline; and more.

Youth must live between 2200 South and 5500 South in Chicago to participate in this program.

Here’s the contact info: Call Comella or Chris at 773.285.9600.  The Black Star Warrior, Scholar, Healer Mentor Program will be based at 3509 South King Drive, Suite 2B in Chicago, Illinois.


I just want to take the time and say congratulations to Englewood Urban Prep Academy Class of 2010!! You all defeated tumultuous odds and through determination and hard-work you all were able to make it to the next level, college!  That’s right, everyone was accepted into a 4-year college and/or univeristy.  According to the Chicago Tribune, the entire male population from Chicago’s Englewood Urban Prep Academy is on their way to colleges which include Morehouse, Howard, Northwestern, and University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana just to name a few. 

What makes this story so remarkable is the obstacles these young men have overcome.  Peer pressure, drugs, violence, poverty, fear for safety while traveling to and from school, teen pregnancy, and motivational factors could have all taken these young men out of the classroom and into a life of crime, but that wasn’t the case.  Only 4 percent of this year’s senior class read at grade level as freshmen, said Tim King, the school’s founder and CEO.  To combat this issue, students are in school longer, need twice as many English credits to graduate, and are issued school counselors from day 1.  If you’re currently looking for a school w/ an enriched academic focus, maybe you should check out this school…

The students even received recognition from Mayor Daley who provided all the students w/ a free prom.

My hats go off to the graduating class of 2010 from Englewood Urban Prep Academy.  Way to take the lead in a society where many people choose to follow.  Please continue to set the example and standard throughout your communities.


“College Isn’t For Everyone”

College isn't for everyone

I’ve heard the saying time and time again.  In some cases, people use it as an excuse as to why they didn’t try to get into college (ex. high school was boring so I knew college wasn’t for me, or “what’s the point, everyone isn’t meant to go to college anyway”).  But in some cases, it is the truth.  Some families cannot afford to put their children through college, some students don’t have the mental capacity or discipline for a college atmoshpere, and some youth have other plans following highschool (i.e. Cosmotology School- Hair designer, Barber, nail technician, auto mechanic, or trade school).  If you aren’t going to college after high school and may not be interested in any of the jobs I just listed, here are some other options.  Whatever you decide, don’t forget to plan for your future!!

1. Aides supervisor $60,652

Aides supervisors typically supervise home-health aides, monitoring quality of care and setting work schedules.

2. Assembly supervisor $59,926

Assembly supervisors oversee workers who put together products by using power tools or other dangerous equipment.

3. Assistant site manager $86,584

At a construction site, assistant site managers report to head site managers and plan, direct and coordinate the necessary tasks to complete that day’s activities.

4. Automobile service station manager $81,793

The manager draws up guidelines for gas stations and automotive repair shops and decides on hours of operation, assigns job duties and sets prices for services and products.

5. Cable supervisor $71,826

Cable supervisors monitor workers who install, maintain and repair cables, and also perform related services.

6. Carpenter supervisor $70,565

Carpenter supervisors oversee carpentry work on a specified project to ensure that workers are on schedule and executing plans accordingly. The supervisor also performs some of the carpentry duties if time permits.

7. Chemical supervisor $67,114

Chemical supervisors oversee workers who make chemical products, which involves handling dangerous substances and following strict guidelines.

8. Construction equipment operator $50,783

These operators are in charge of the large tools and equipment used during construction projects and they also inspect the equipment for safety and performance issues.

Click here to see the rest of the list: 20 Jobs- No Degree, Nice Salary


Employment For Ex Offenders


Under Mayor Daley the city of Chicago has developed a WorkNet partnership of organizations that are comitted to working with ex offenders and helping them get back in the workforce. Without a job many ex offenders will become new offenders so if you or someone you know could benefit from these services please contact the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development at  312-746-7777 or one of the following centers.

Career Advancement Network
20 E. Jackson, Suite 1500

Chicago Career Center
11004 S. Michigan

The CARA Program
703 W. Monroe

Chicago Christian Industrial League
2750 W. Roosevelt

Chicago Federation of Labor
130 E. Randolph

Chicagoland Youth and Adult Training Center
6301 S. Halsted

Community Assistance Program
435 W. 119th

Goodwill Industries
2435-37 W. 63rd

Greater West Town Project
790 N. Milwaukee
312-432-1300  312

Heartland Alliance
1525 E. Hyde Park Blvd.

Howard Area Community Center
1623 W. Howard

Illinois Manufacturing Foundation
2101 S. Kedzie

Inspiration Corporation
4554 N. Broadway, Suite 207

3726 W. Flournoy

4628 W. Washington Blvd.

571 W. Jackson

St. Leonard’s Ministries
2100 W. Warren

St. Sabina/Catholic Bishop of Chicago
7909 S. Racine

Westside Health Authority
5816 W. Division St.

Woodlawn Preservation
6101 S. Evans

Programs for Women

   The Enterprising Kitchen
   4426 N. Ravenswood
   773-506-3880  773-506-3880  or
   1014 N. Hamlin


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OAI, Inc. is now accepting applications for a 13-week job training program in the environmental remediation and construction field.  The Minority Worker Training Program is a full-time training program that runs from 8 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday.  The 12 weeks of training happens in 3 stages:

  • Professional Studies
  • Environmental, Health & Safety Training
  • Shop & Hands On

You will receive:

  • Free meals & transportation
  • Over 8 different licenses and certificates

To qualify you must be:

  • Male or female
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Unemployed or underemployed
  • Have a VALID Driver’s License
  • Be physically able to do the work
  • Able to pass a reading & math

Classes start March 2010

Call today at 312-528-3518

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

180 North Wabash Avenue

4th Floor

Chicago, IL 60601


Fax- 312-5283501