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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

1st Aug, 2016

Immigrant and refugee families took a field trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden to bond, learn, and play

  Angelica Andrade (pictured above), a GED class student, came with the HACC Family Literacy program to the Garden with her two children, Manuel (pictured above), 3, and Cristina, 8. They enjoyed every minute of it– from searching for dragonflies and lily pads to picnicking by the fountains. Yesenia Vargas, the Family Literacy Coordinator, said [...]

1st Aug, 2016

Rogers Park girls find solace at summer camp

When Girls Sports Club is in full swing, it’s no sweat building self-worth. “I feel like summer camp is different because in school we have to work and get no breaks and here we get to play, have fun, meet people, and be outside. So it’s just a great opportunity.” That’s Eniola, after playing basketball [...]