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30th Oct, 2017

Practical math! Adult ed tutor & student work on math for a job in jewelry

Funding for adult education in Illinois is unstable, to say the least. Volunteer adult tutors are a lifeline for adults continuing their education. Just ask Toni (on the right), a budding jewelry designer, and her math tutor, Melanie Geyer. “I said 'My math stinks!'” Toni said, laughing. “But she [my tutor Melanie Geyer] was so [...]

16th Aug, 2017

Susan, a refugee from the Congo, got her first job in the U.S.!

Susan is a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Like thousands before her, she fled the Second Congo War, a civil war that raged from 1998 until 2003. She was forced to abandon many family members and her livelihood, a prosperous corn and bean farm. Susan fled with her husband to a refugee camp [...]

17th Jul, 2017

Parent Perspective: Sisters who had children as teens found a home at the Family Center

Genesis, 20, and Michele, 22, are sisters who grew up in Howard Area Community Center programs. Their lives were filled with with homework help, field trips, summer camp, and more from birth through teenage years. Even their mother worked in the kitchen at the Family Center and volunteered throughout HACC. However, their lives changed dramatically after both Genesis and [...]

29th Jun, 2017

Letter from the ED- demand a fully-funded IL budget TODAY!

BUDGET CRISIS UPDATE: HACC fam– take action TODAY! Tomorrow is the last day of the special General Assembly session and fiscal year. If a budget doesn't pass, it will be our 3RD YEAR without a full budget. ESL students would lose classes, domestic violence survivors would lose life-saving support, youth will lose the safety of [...]

27th Jun, 2017

You’re invited! Come celebrate HACC’s 50th Anniversary!

It's HACC's 50th anniversary– so let's celebrate! You're invited to the 50th Anniversary celebration this October! You have helped Rogers Park adults, families, children, and youth build better futures for themselves– earning GEDs, learning English, getting a job after incarceration, raising healthy children, and so much more. Let's honor the donors, participants, and staff that [...]

26th Jun, 2017

VIDEOS: ESL students share stories from their lives!

This class session, students in Howard Area Community Center's ESL 5 class participated in a transformative collaboration between HACC and the Community Writing Project. Students wrote personal stories in English and shared them with their classmates– not only enhancing their English writing and speaking skills but creating bonds between students from different backgrounds and empowering [...]

20th Jun, 2017

Parent perspective: Affordable pre-k means everything to a single mother

Jeannifer is a parent of a child, Sophia, at HACC's Birth to Five Early Childhood Education Program at the Sheila Reynolds Berner Family Center in Rogers Park. The Family Center provides a high-quality, affordable early childhood education for 116 children ages 0-5 years old in a full-day program. Hear from Jeannifer herself about how important this Head [...]

5th Jun, 2017

Armstrong El adult ed partnership helps moms be students

This year, HACC partnered with George Armstrong Elementary School in West Rogers Park to host a GED class. More space means another free class, and the students, who are majority mothers, have the childcare for elementary aged children while they study. “Partnering with neighborhood schools is a natural way to extend our mission of building [...]

30th May, 2017

Howard Area youth rocked Midwest video game competition!

Teenagers are wasting all of their time playing video games! This is the tired refrain of adults around the world. Well, according to a Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health study, this couldn't be farther from the truth. In 2016, researchers collected and analyzed data from thousands of children between six and 11 years [...]