2nd May, 2018

HACC helps domestic violence survivors navigate the cruelty of the courts

2018-05-02T13:31:23+00:00

This is Erika Castillo Smith. She is a former Domestic Violence Legal Advocate at Howard Area Community Center who represented over 100 people struggling with domestic violence. About half of her clients were immigrant women, some of whom are dealing with possible deportation. The majority are low-income. “This program is very important because the system [...]

HACC helps domestic violence survivors navigate the cruelty of the courts 2018-05-02T13:31:23+00:00
8th Feb, 2018

Why Education Matters by Antonio, adult ed student

2018-02-13T10:27:07+00:00

Antonio is a former HACC adult education student and current Harry S. Truman College student. He excelled in HACC's ESL and GED courses, and just won a prestigious scholarship from The Seabury Foundation. The scholarship can be applied to tuition, books, transportation and day care (if needed). This is Antonio's compelling application letter that HACC turned [...]

Why Education Matters by Antonio, adult ed student 2018-02-13T10:27:07+00:00
6th Feb, 2018

Get inspired! Poems by adult ed students

2018-04-06T13:31:46+00:00

Howard Area Community Center is truly honored to present poems from students in HACC's adult education classes. Students in ESL and GED classes, who are from over 25 countries, reflected on themselves and their identities in the following simile poems. These poems were published in the 2017 Howard Line, an internal student publication featuring creative [...]

Get inspired! Poems by adult ed students 2018-04-06T13:31:46+00:00
6th Feb, 2018

Tammie found a home for her children & work after her addiction

2018-04-06T13:33:25+00:00

In her youth, Tammie, 41, was abused by family members and boyfriends. Tammie looked to using drugs as an escape, but became addicted. It temporarily numbed her interpersonal pain, but left pain in its wake. “It was very hard to be anything- a friend, a daughter. I could only talk about my addiction. It was [...]

Tammie found a home for her children & work after her addiction 2018-04-06T13:33:25+00:00
30th Oct, 2017

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

2018-04-06T13:33:55+00:00

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 [...]

Practical math! Adult ed tutor & student work on math for a job in jewelry 2018-04-06T13:33:55+00:00
16th Aug, 2017

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

2018-04-06T13:34:35+00:00

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 [...]

Susan, a refugee from the Congo, got her first job in the U.S.! 2018-04-06T13:34:35+00:00
17th Jul, 2017

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

2018-04-06T13:35:39+00:00

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 [...]

Parent Perspective: Sisters who had children as teens found a home at the Family Center 2018-04-06T13:35:39+00:00
26th Jun, 2017

VIDEOS: ESL students share stories from their lives!

2018-04-06T13:37:49+00:00

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 [...]

VIDEOS: ESL students share stories from their lives! 2018-04-06T13:37:49+00:00
20th Jun, 2017

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

2018-04-06T13:37:25+00:00

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 [...]

Parent perspective: Affordable pre-k means everything to a single mother 2018-04-06T13:37:25+00:00
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