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 [...]

Practical math! Adult ed tutor & student work on math for a job in jewelry2018-04-06T13:33:55-05:00

Parent perspective: Reyna says “I am grateful not only as a mother but as a former student”!

My name is Reyna Terrell and I am a parent of a child transitioning to kindergarten from HACC's Sheila Reynolds Berner Family Center. After five and a half years of being in the program, my daughter and I are leaving the Family Center with so much gratitude and appreciation towards every person we have come across. My [...]

Parent perspective: Reyna says “I am grateful not only as a mother but as a former student”!2017-09-08T16:19:06-05:00

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 [...]

Susan, a refugee from the Congo, got her first job in the U.S.!2018-04-06T13:34:35-05:00

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 [...]

Parent Perspective: Sisters who had children as teens found a home at the Family Center2018-04-06T13:35:39-05:00

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 [...]

Letter from the ED- demand a fully-funded IL budget TODAY!2017-06-29T12:31:27-05:00

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 [...]

You’re invited! Come celebrate HACC’s 50th Anniversary!2017-06-27T16:24:55-05:00

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 [...]

VIDEOS: ESL students share stories from their lives!2018-04-06T13:37:49-05:00

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 [...]

Parent perspective: Affordable pre-k means everything to a single mother2018-04-06T13:37:25-05:00

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 [...]

Armstrong El adult ed partnership helps moms be students2018-04-06T13:36:14-05:00

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 [...]

Howard Area youth rocked Midwest video game competition!2018-04-06T13:38:39-05:00