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Participants: Families with children ages 6 and up
Years Active: 2013-Present
Description: The art studio offers hands-on art workshops and classes throughout the year for children and families using a wide variety of expressive art and recycled materials. The program goals include building children’s creativity and critical thinking skills, as well as supporting cross-generational and cross-cultural relationships. Participants explore meaningful topics, share creative ideas, meet new friends, & learn exciting art techniques. Projects like the “One Voice, One Community” mural, representing the community’s common dreams and aspirations, and “Quinn Quilts”, Underground Railroad-inspired paintings, are on display in the Quinn Community Center.
Mexican Folkloric Dance
Years Active: 2013-Present
Description: Ballet Folklorico Teochimalli is a dance group that strives to keep kids healthy through exercise while enhancing and promoting Mexican culture. Folkloric dancing helps kids become more flexible and improves physical and mental coordination. Students are taught dances from a variety of regions in Mexico and thus enrich and expand their cultural knowledge.
Leadership: Parents and St. Eulalia parishioners Mariela Hernandez, Maria Martinez and Veronica Figueroa lead the group.
Champions 4 Change
Participants: 15 high school students
Years Active: 2010-Present
Description: A group that meets weekly during the school year that serves local high school students. Goals of the program include: getting teenagers involved in service to their community, self-development, and having fun. Past activities have included resume building workshops, college preparedness discussion, and fundraising activities. The teens organized the first every Halloween Festival in the fall of 2013 for neighborhood youth. Future plans to promote community involvement are to have gardening and cleaning days in Maywood, food and clothing drives, and guest speakers.
Summer Enrichment Program
Years Active: 2012-Present
Description: This annual program, started by Youth 4 Change members, promotes creative play, physical activity, and healthy eating. Tutoring is also a main feature and is supported by Golden Apple Scholars. Participants are divided into teams led by teen mentors. The mentors learn leadership and problem-solving skills while the campers explore new and exciting activities. Everyone wins in projects like ice cream making, “Gak” creation, yoga class, and art studio. The program seeks to improve the overall health of the community by keeping kids active, providing a nutritious snack, and helping with the Quinn Community Center Garden.
Leadership: Local teenagers work with pre-education students through the Golden Apple Foundation, as well as pre-medical and medical students through the Loyola University ASPIRE program.
For more information, visit the Summer Enrichment Program Page.