CCAS operates a number of 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) in Chicago, Cicero and Berwyn.

21st CCLC

21st CCLC Overview

The US Department of Education has funded 21st CCLC programs for out-of-school time (after school and summer) outreach since 2004. 21st CCLC programs support most activities that increase students’ engagement in learning and build social-emotional development, with an end goal of improving students’ academic performance. The programs also work to strengthen parent engagement in their children’s schooling and learning. Northeastern Illinois University's Center for College Access and Success has sponsored many 21st CCLC initiatives since 2004, including the following four grants:

21st CCLC Pathways

 

21st CCLC Pathways serves 150 middle school students and 60 families enrolled in South Berwyn District 100 Heritage Middle School and Freedom Middle School. The program offers morning tutoring, academic support during lunch periods, STEAM after school enrichment activities such as Code Challenge with Arduino, Robotics with VEX and Lego, Underwater Robotics with Seapearch, Drone coding with Tello and Folkloric Dance Ensemble. Services are offered Monday Through Friday during the academic year from October to May and during the summer for a length of 5 weeks.

Program Website:                 www.21stcclcpathways.org

 

For More Information,          21stPathways@neiu.edu

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21st CCLC CRAFT

 

21st CCLC CRAFT serves 3rd-8th grade students at Azuela Elementary School and the Academy for Global Citizenship in Chicago, as well as 9th-12th grade high school students at Dunbar Vocational Career Academy and Back of the Yards College Prep. In 2020 - 2021, CRAFT programming for elementary school students includes Chistes y Cantos (Jokes & Songs workshop), Cuento y Arte (Reading and Art workshop), Reciclando y Creando (Recycling and Creating Art workshops), Ánimo (Animate: tutoring club), and Club de Lectura (book club).  There is also a book club and craft hour for parent involvement.  At the high school level, programming includes Raíces de mi Comunidad (Community Roots: service and leadership workshop) and Mariachi Tradicional (Music workshop). In 2020 - 2021, all activities are being facilitated online via Google Meet and Zoom per district remote-learning policy and program schedules vary with offerings Monday through Saturday at various times to encourage student & parent participation. 

Program Website:                https://tiny.cc/neiu-bil

 

For More Information,          cclcbil@neiu.edu

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21st CCLC Morton-Success

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21st CCLC Morton-Success serves 9th-12th grade students in Cicero-Berwyn at J. Sterling Morton District 201 across three school sites: Morton Freshman Center, Morton East, and Morton West. Program offerings include academic support (ALAS, Power Hour, AP Study Circles, and SAT Prep), art-integration projects (El Taller de Arte/Art, AP seminar art & photography, and Multimedia Journalism), Steps to the Seal of Biliteracy (Traductores/translators, Guerreros Bilingues/Spanish book clubs), STEM initiatives (Coding Club and STEMentores), as well as parent activities (Club de Lectura/book club and Hora Artesanal/craft hour). All activities focus on culture, identity and language development, as well as community-building and family involvement.  In 2020 - 2021, all activities are being facilitated online via Microsoft Teams and Zoom per district remote-learning policy and program schedules variy with offerings Monday through Friday at various times to encourage student & parent participation. See program website or contact for more details.

Program Website:                https://tiny.cc/neiu-bil

 

For More Information,          cclcbil@neiu.edu

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21st CCLC Beyond the Bell

21st CCLC Beyond the Bell (BTB) has been serving students and families in Chicago’s Austin community since 2013. The program’s primary focus is 6th through 12th grade students attending four neighborhood schools in Austin: Michele Clark Academy High School, Frederick Douglass High School, Ella Flagg Young Elementary School, and Howe School of Excellence. In partnership with the schools, BTB offers a variety of after-school clubs, classes, and special events based on students’ interests and needs. These include visual and performing arts clubs, spoken word and debate clubs, culinary classes, urban gardening projects, basketball clinics, academic tutoring, STEM clubs, and career mentoring.

 

In the summer, BTB offers a campus-based program for middle school students and a high school “Freshmen Connection” program, along with weekly field trips to local colleges and cultural institutions.

For More Information,          neiubeyondthebell21@gmail.com

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