From the Director

Civic Engagement Summer Opportunities!

posted Jun 22, 2017, 8:50 AM by L Williams

Happy Summer!

Do you have some free time? Are you looking for meaningful opportunities to be involved in the city?  Are you interested in developing new interests, abilities, and friendships? This is just the time to get started!

Here are a few suggestions.  More resources are on the Civic Engagement website.  Please contact us if you would like more information or support for your civic engagement this summer.


VOLUNTEERING

Most of our partner organizations are running summer programs and they welcome volunteers!  Please let one of us know if you’d like help making contact.

For a much more extensive, searchable volunteering database, Chicago Cares is super helpful. Check it out!


EVENTS

Over the summer we continue to keep the public events calendar running.  We are highlighting below a few events you may want to participate in.

Standing Against Violence: Chicago Vigil #JusticeForNabra

Thu, June 22, 6pm – 8pm

Federal Center and Plaza, 219 S Dearborn St


Opening Reception: Bold Disobedience

Fri, June 23, 5pm – 8pm (exhibit will run through Sept. 2)

Weinberg/Newton Gallery 300 West Superior, Suite 203




Bold Disobedience is a group exhibition presented in collaboration with Mikva Challenge. Selected by a council of twelve student curators, this collection of works demonstrates myriad social issues that matter to youths today. The exhibition comprises works by local professional artists as well as student artists from the The Chicago High School for the Arts. These artworks grapple with the issues that our team of student curators have deemed most critical in our conflicted contemporary culture, promoting racial justice, economic equity, and queer rights. The student curators have directed every aspect of this exhibition, from research to conceptualization to installation. As the exhibition title that the students

chose, Bold Disobedience, wryly hints at – to obey today is to do nothing, to comply, to float along on the current of the status quo, to let digitally delivered distractions wash over us until we can no longer discern the motivating machinations behind them. Instead, Bold Disobedience is a call to participate in civic action, to identify and speak out against injustices, and to disrupt the systems that so deeply impact lived experiences. Within such a beautiful sense of efficacy amongst young people lies the promise of a more sustainable future. More details about the exhibition and related programming: http://weinbergnewtongallery.com/exhibitions/mikva-challenge/



6/25
 Parker contingent in Gay Pride Parade: register here!


LEARNING

Young Chicago Authors Write to the City Program

Or Tzedek Teen Social Justice Summer Program

Finally, Chicago continues to celebrate the 100th birthday celebration of great Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks.  If you’re interested in contributing a poem in honor of her, go to this site.  Send it by tomorrow and you may win a prize also!

Have a wonderful Summer!

Summer Reading

posted Jun 22, 2017, 8:48 AM by L Williams   [ updated Jun 22, 2017, 8:49 AM ]


Best Summer Reads

from Teaching for Change: 


Want even more???
Check out:

Who's Got Next

posted May 26, 2017, 9:16 AM by L Williams   [ updated Jun 22, 2017, 8:46 AM ]


http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/June-2017/Whos-Got-Next/

I thought you might enjoy this Chicago Magazine piece that includes Bridget Gainer, who spoke here in MX a couple of weeks ago.  Many of these folks would be great speakers in classrooms of all ages!
Have a glorious Memorial Day weekend!
yours,
Shanti
p.s. A propos of Memorial Day, I also want to share with you New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's powerful speech on the removal of Confederate monuments.

Nikki Finney: A Louder Call for Truth and Justice

posted May 11, 2017, 7:34 AM by L Williams   [ updated Jun 21, 2017, 12:38 PM ]

Here are the resounding words of Nikki Finney, Parker's 2014 visiting poet, framing the Bethune-Cookman students' graduating act of resistance: A Louder Call for Truth and Justice. Her illumination of this historic moment also casts light on the power of educators to have the backs of brave young people with our words, our perspective, our belief. 
with much respect, 
Shanti

Youth Leadership Opportunity

posted May 3, 2017, 2:26 PM by L Williams   [ updated May 3, 2017, 2:26 PM ]

Here's another amazing opportunity, Students! Application deadline is May 19!

Youth Leadership Opportunity
STUDENT VOICE AND ACTIVISM FELLOWSHIP!
The Student Voice and Activism Fellowship aims to provide young people with the skills, resources, and support to be heard in the decision-making process that impacts their lives.  By partnering with the University of Chicago and the Black Youth Project, we are able to offer a yearlong program that consists of two components: a summer paid internship and ongoing meetings and events throughout the school year.

APPLY ONLINE HERE - Deadline: Friday, May 19th

Student Voice and Activism Fellowship - Summer Internship 2017
Dates: Monday, July 26 - Friday, August 1
Times: Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: University of Chicago
Stipend Amount: $600 

Additional Summer Opportunities

posted May 2, 2017, 12:20 PM by L Williams   [ updated May 2, 2017, 12:21 PM ]


We continue to update summer opportunities that you might be interested in.  Be sure to scroll down.  One Summer Chicago deadline is MAY 15!

We also update events you might want to attend.  Several events next week are at Parker:

Finally, check out this amazing opportunity at Free Street Theater! No preparation required for tonight'saudition.

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    Free Street Theater
    1419 West Blackhawk Street, 3rd Floor of the Pulaski Park Field House, Chicago, Illinois 60642

This summer, Free Street rolls out (literally!) a new performance that celebrates joy, resilience, and every day miracles in Chicago. Based on stories collected all around the city, Los Milagros/The Miracles is a modern day pageant wagon play performed on modifed Radio Flyer wagons. Often funny, always celebratory, Los Milagros/The Miracles asks how every day people are surviving hard times.

We are currently looking for collaborators of all ages to join the creative team that will develop this project over the next four months. Previous experience with theater or writing is not necessary. We are looking for people who want to develop their skills as storytellers, writers, facilitators, and performers. Above all, we are seeking collaborators with diverse points of view, who are comfortable working in neighborhoods across the city and who are invested in a politics of liberation. This is a four-month commitment with some modest pay, and lots of space to build, create and connect. 

Auditions are Tuesday, May 2nd from 6:30 to 8:30pm. You do not have to prepare anything in advance, but you should plan to stay for the whole time - this is a workshop style audition where we will play, write, and talk together. Orientation for the project is Saturday, May 13th at 10am. Performances are July 24 and 27August 1, 11, and 18. Rehearsals will be scheduled with the creative team.

For more information, contact Artistic Director Coya Paz at coya@freestreet.org


Please let me know if you have questions or other suggested posts!
Thanks,
S. Elliott


On Mon, May 1, 2017 at 8:06 AM, Shanti Elliott <selliott@fwparker.org> wrote:
Good Morning, Students!
Happy May Day!
Below is a quick reminder of the CFS fellowship -- note extended deadline!  Please see me if you have questions.
Also, today is the last day to apply for this free great coding camp opportunity.
And, if you want information about Chicago May Day today, here's the main website.  
All the best,
S. Elliott


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Chicago Freedom School <info@chicagofreedomschool.org>
Date: Mon, May 1, 2017 at 6:06 AM
Subject: Deadline Extended! Applications for the Freedom Fellowship due May 6th!
To: selliott@fwparker.org


"The revolution has always been in the hands of the young." 

-Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party


Young people ages 14-17 who identify as Asian, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Middle Eastern, multiracial and/or youth of color...

Are you passionate about social justice?

Are you looking for tools to make positive change in your community?

Do you want to build diverse friendships and a family with like-minded peers and supportive adults? 

Do you want to develop your voice, skills, and power to fight injustice? 


Join Chicago Freedom School's 
FREEDOM FELLOWSHIP!

CREATE A WORLD YOU NEVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE


DEADLINE EXTENDED!
Applications due May 6, 2017


During the Fellowship, you will....
  • Learn about the history of social movements
  • Study current issues like racism, access to healthy food, school to prison pipeline, sexism, heterosexism, violence and peacemaking, climate change, and more
  • Develop leadership and community organizing skills
  • Design and lead action to make change in schools and communities
  • Go on an overnight Healing Retreat
  • Make friends and have fun!
For more information contact Tony, (office) 312.435.1201 or tony@chicagofreedomschool.org


Additional Summer Opportunities for Teens

posted May 2, 2017, 11:00 AM by L Williams   [ updated May 2, 2017, 12:17 PM ]

Attending a summer day program is a great way to keep a teenager's mind engaged and active during the time off from school. Summer programs don't have to be far away from home! Check out these summer day programs in Chicago, and the greater Chicago area.

http://www.sheddaquarium.org/Learning-Experiences/Teen-Programs/

 http://www.ctd.northwestern.edu/program/civic-leadership-institute


http://www.onesummerchicago.org/ 
One Summer Chicago is Accepting Applications NOW through May 15th, 2017! Applicants will be notified during the months of May and June if they have been invited for an interview. All eligible youth who are not offered an initial interview will be placed on a waitlist. We encourage youth to boost their career readiness skills by exploring activities on LRNG:Chi.




It's May Day!

posted May 1, 2017, 1:38 PM by L Williams

Here are some fine May Day songs, rounded up by The Nation.
Here are May Day education resources from Zinn Education Project.
There will be a lot of May Day actions today; the biggest one will be the march from Union Park to downtown, starting at 2, with a rally in Daley Plaza from 4-6.  More information is at chimayday.com.
May your day bloom with hope, community, and renewal!
yours,
Shanti

Applications for the Freedom Fellowship due May 6th! & Checkout great coding opportunity!

posted May 1, 2017, 1:36 PM by L Williams

Below is a quick reminder of the CFS fellowship -- note extended deadline!  Please see me if you have questions.
Also, today is the last day to apply for this free great coding camp opportunity.
And, if you want information about Chicago May Day today, here's the main website.  
All the best,
S. Elliott


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Chicago Freedom School <info@chicagofreedomschool.org>
Date: Mon, May 1, 2017 at 6:06 AM
Subject: Deadline Extended! Applications for the Freedom Fellowship due May 6th!
To: selliott@fwparker.org


"The revolution has always been in the hands of the young." 

-Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party


Young people ages 14-17 who identify as Asian, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Middle Eastern, multiracial and/or youth of color...

Are you passionate about social justice?

Are you looking for tools to make positive change in your community?

Do you want to build diverse friendships and a family with like-minded peers and supportive adults? 

Do you want to develop your voice, skills, and power to fight injustice? 


Join Chicago Freedom School's 
FREEDOM FELLOWSHIP!

CREATE A WORLD YOU NEVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE


DEADLINE EXTENDED!
Applications due May 6, 2017


During the Fellowship, you will....
  • Learn about the history of social movements
  • Study current issues like racism, access to healthy food, school to prison pipeline, sexism, heterosexism, violence and peacemaking, climate change, and more
  • Develop leadership and community organizing skills
  • Design and lead action to make change in schools and communities
  • Go on an overnight Healing Retreat
  • Make friends and have fun!
For more information contact Tony, (office) 312.435.1201 or tony@chicagofreedomschool.org


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“Justice is what love looks like in public.”

~ Cornel West


Free Speech / Safe Space Questions

posted Apr 25, 2017, 5:33 PM by L Williams

If you've been following the free speech/safe space questions on university campuses, you might be interested in this article (and the various embedded links, which offer diverse alternate views): Why Colleges Have a Right to  Reject Hateful Speakers Like Ann Coulter.  Please write back if you'd be interested in discussing it!
All the best,
Shanti

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