Join us for a special Native American Heritage Month Celebration with YoNasDa Lonewolf!

Join Us for our special Native American Heritage Month Celebration with keynote speaker, YoNasDa Lonewolf!

In partnership with Northwestern University’s Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion and Multicultural Student Affairs, come meet Queen Yonasda (Black and Oglala Lakota) as she shares how her identity intersects with her involvement in activism across different movements. Queen Yonasda Lonewolf is a Human Rights Activist, National Organizer, Public Speaker, Rap Artist, and Published Writer.

Queen Yonasda Native American Heritage Month Celebration

Native American Heritage Month Celebration with Queen Yonasda Lonewolf poster

There will be two special presentations:

Friday, November 3rd from 2:00-3:30pm at Northwestern University, 610 Haven St, Great Room, Evanston, IL 60201

Saturday, November 4th from 2:30-4:00pm at South Shore Chicago Public Library, 2505 E 73rd Street, Chicago, IL 60649

Queen YoNasDa  (Yo-Naja-Ha) LoneWolf , born in 1977 in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Chicago, IL. Her roots reach back to her Native American tradition and the Nation of Islam, her mother, a Lakota (Sioux) and father, a fine artist from Brooklyn, NY. She is a Mother of two sons. Queen YoNasDa is a living example of the saying “No Nation Can Rise Higher Than Its Woman”. Currently, she is a Noted Public Speaker, Curator, Artist and Activist. Being self-driven she is living her divine calling from her early beginnings in the entertainment industry as a choreographer for BET’S own Teen Summit to her most recent work as Frontline Activist & Voice against the Oil Pipeline building on the sacred native lands in Standing Rock, South Dakota.

Dig a Little deeper in to her resume and you will find Queen YoNasDa is the National Director for the Indigenous Nations Alliance-Millions More Movement. Queen YoNasDa was the brainchild behind #BMoreYouthRise and the National Stop the Killing rallies and marches after two of her friends were killed by police brutality. She organized cities from Phoenix, AZ to Baltimore,MD and was asked by the family of Mike Brown Jr in Ferguson, MO to speak at his 1 year anniversary. Which her electrifying speech made it on all international media platforms and she was featured in Elle Magazine (France) as one of the women in the Black Lives Matter Movement that is changing America.

When Queen YoNasDa is not protesting in the streets you can catch her speaking to college students on BET’s Rap It Up tour. Since 2006, she has directed entertainment panel discussions at various colleges and universities and at the annual Nation of Islam conference called Saviours Day with over 100,000 people. This truth-teller is a published writer who has a weekly column in the Final Call Newspaper and is now bringing her artistry to the world. She started a cultural tour called “Rez Tours” which she opens cultural tours to Indigenous communities to learn more about the culture of Indigenous people. She has hosted a radio show on Chuck D Rapstation.com and Atlanta’s Voice of the People radio. In October 2015 she was a special guest on Power 105’s The Breakfast Club where she spoke on “Indigenous Peoples Day.” She spearheaded a 32 & a 64 city fundraise raising events called Hip Hop 4 Haiti, and Hip Hop 4 Flint 2016. This month her work has taken her to The Roland Martin Radio show, V103 Ryan Cameron Morning Show and Real Talk with Rashad Richey CBS Radio. She is also in the process of completing her memoir and a children’s book series called, “The Adventures of Star Song.” To YoNasDa “Queen” is not just a word, it is a calling and she’s rising to the occasion.

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Chicago Public Library Native Heritage Month Cultural Presentations!

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Our very own Lisa and Forrest will be facilitating various presentations across the city with a few Native Youth Leaders. These presentations are hands-on,  free and open to the public- please share!

 

Join us for a field trip to Chicago Childrens Museum at Navy Pier!

We’re excited to take a group of families to join us for a fun-filled day at the Chicago Childrens Musuem at Navy Pier. Attendees will also watch a few of our participants do a public presentation about Native American culture at the museum. This is a great opportunity to support those students but also to have an afternoon out with the family!

Admission is free into the museum for those who ride with us there. Space is limited so be sure to RSVP right away with the number of people attending from your family to Chantay at cwmoore@cps.edu or you can call Youth Development Specialist, Forrest at 773-534-2735.  We look forward to you joining us!

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Calling Native Youth! Come learn about a new leadership program for YOU

St. Kateri Center of Chicago and CPS American Indian Education Program are building a new leadership program to cultivate young student leaders within our community. Participants will be able to receive stipends for their work at each of our programs’ events and have an opportunity to attend national Native Youth Leadership conferences as our youth delegate(s). It will be an exciting opportunity for our youth to develop their leadership and professional skills while giving back to the community!

Interested students and parents are invited to join us for an information session next Monday, October 23rd at 5pm to learn more details AND to submit an application! Come after tutoring and stay for Ojibwe Language Class 😉

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New GoCPS application is available for enrolling students for the 2018-2019 school year

On Monday, CPS opened the new GoCPS application for families to enroll their students as incoming PreK, Elementary or H.S. students. GoCPS is the new online system that makes it easier to apply to Chicago Public Schools.

Find all the information you need at go.cps.edu

The application is streamlined for all to be able to research schools within the district, explore different program offerings, and to apply to schools. The system will automatically inform parents if their kids need to take any selective enrollment tests or submit standardized test results per each school’s requirement.

The first step in the application process is to do your RESEARCH. Contrary to what some believe, there are some REALLY great schools within the district. Your role as a parent is to find them and see if it is feasible for your child to attend. Do not feel like, because you live in a certain neighborhood or only make so much money, that your family doesn’t have access to the best schools in the district because that is certainly not the case!

Some schools do have attendance boundaries, or minimum grade requirements, or testing requirements- however, most ARE available options to your child. Use GoCPS as your research portal and search for CPS schools and programs to start identifying where you may want to apply. View school profiles with detailed background, contact, performance, and admissions data to further inform your decisions.

Once you have decided which school(s) you want to apply to, you will need to create or activate your account. Current 8th grade students would have received an activation code from their schools, otherwise, non-CPS students only need to create an account. The website to go to is: https://cps.schoolmint.net/signup. If you have misplaced or did not receive this code, please contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 or gocps@cps.edu to have it reissued. Activation Codes were sent again with eligibility letters in September 2017.

The applications are available starting October 10th online and via paper and must be submitted by December 22nd, 5pm CST. Notification notices will be sent starting in March 2018 to inform families of acceptances.

Download the all grades application guide here for step by step instructions, FAQs and contact info for assistance.

Good luck in this process and let us know if we can be of any assistance!

 

Indigenous People’s Day Celebration with Kevin Locke!

Indigenous Peoples Day celebration at Keller Regional Gifted Center and Vanderpoel Elementary was wonderful! We were so excited to bring our performance to a few of the south side of Chicago’s CPS schools. Great big thanks to Kevin Locke for his awesome teachings, the kids and teachers raved about his performance!

Learn more about Kevin at http://www.kevinlocke.com