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22nd May, 2017

Youth empowerment is a global issue, HACC went to Jamaica to learn more

Nathaniel Viets-Vanlear is HACC’s Career Readiness Program Coordinator. He helps young people find work and connect youth to the services they need to thrive. Recently, he went to Jamaica to further his learning as a youth worker and came away with a global view of what youth in low-income communities face every day.   Greetings [...]

15th May, 2017

Youth present their art, tech, and more to the Rogers Park community

This May, the HACC Youth Center held the Spring 2017 BIGshowcase in the Clubhouse– an open house for youth in programs to present their innovative art, technology, and leadership skills. Their technology prowess is astounding. At the showcase, youth explained how to use traditional stop motion combined with modern special VFX (visual effects) software to create an [...]

8th May, 2017

HACC children rock! Check out pics of Week of the Young Child

Howard Area Community Center recently celebrated Week of the Young Child, a National Association of Educating Young Children week-long event that: "...recognize[s] that children's opportunities are our responsibilities, and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment at home, at child care, at school and in the community [...]

1st May, 2017

You are helping Adeola become a nurse and support her family!

Adeola, or “Addy” as her patients call her, immigrated to America from Nigeria with the dream of helping sick people become healthy. After working with the HACC Employment Resource Center, Adeola received tuition aid for nursing school and mentorship through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. It covered $8,000 of her $16,000 tuition. As a [...]

1st May, 2017

The future king of late night

Shane, 21, is a young person in HACC’s Career Readiness Program and a self-proclaimed mixture of Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Harvey. He’s a comedian, a poet, and an aspiring YouTube talk show host. And in 2017, he landed an internship that will help him make his dreams come true! Shane came to HACC in the [...]

27th Apr, 2017

Adult ed is crucial for my success- GED students write to IL State Reps!

Students from HACC's Adult Education program have written over 50 letters to their state representatives to advocate for their own education and spread awareness of the need for free adult basic education in low-income and marginalized communities. They sent letters to: Governor Bruce Rauner, Senator Richard Durbin, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Representative Jan Schakowsky, and Representative Kelly Cassidy. Hear them [...]

13th Apr, 2017

From addiction to ambition: Anna found a new start at the CTA

Anna sought help at HACC’s Employment Resource Center and earned an internship with the CTA Second Chance Program. In 2016, she was offered a full-time job! As she nears her first year on the job, HACC celebrates her success.   Anna lives with her elderly mother. Her full-time job as a bus cleaner at the [...]

31st Mar, 2017

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Howard Area Community Center

A snapshot of the 1970s-1980s HACC worked to improve the Jonquil Hotel, a run-down housing facility prone to crime in the 1970s. The neighborhood In the 1920s–1970s, Rogers Park saw an influx of people fleeing oppression, including African Americans from the South, and European, Vietnamese, and Latino/a immigrants. Rogers Park faced a housing crisis. [...]