Join our Summer Program, Mni Wiconi, Water Is Life!

Get ready for our annual summer program! This week-long program will continue with the theme, Mni Wiconi, or ‘Water is Life’. Youth will go on a field trip to the Chicago Botanic Gardens, participate in educational and artistic workshops facilitated by teachers from CPS and play lacrosse with visiting instructor, RJ Smith. Please RSVP by completing the Summer Program Registration Form and email it to

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Please take our Lacrosse Training poll so we can plan properly for this weekend!

Congrats to More Graduates!

Congrats to Genavie Sauseda, Kindergarten graduate from Hitch Elementary. Such a beautiful young lady!


Congrats to Antonio Serna, 8th Grade graduate from McPherson. His mom believed, so he achieved!


Congrats to Lorenzo Gudino, graduated from Northwestern University with his Bachelors


Congrats to our very own, Youth Development Specialist, Forrest Bruce, who also graduated over the weekend from Northwestern University with his Bachelors


We are so proud of all the graduates, kuddos to you all!

Apply for Project Syncere E-Academy Engineering Program

Project SYNCERE’s E-CADEMY is an out-of-school time engineering program that is designed to prepare students in grades 6-8 and 9-11 for enrollment in post-secondary STEM programs.

The program utilizes the nationally recognized Project Lead The Way curriculum, to teach students how to apply engineering skills to identify problems, create unique solutions and lead their own learning experience. Over the course of 32-weeks during the school year, students work both in teams and individually to develop the skills and knowledge required for success at the post-secondary level. Our goal is to provide a pathway of opportunities that brings like-minded students together, to motivate and prepare them to successfully pursue careers in engineering. Through their early involvement in the program, we believe that we can be the catalyst for increasing the number of students who successfully matriculate through college and pursue careers in the STEM fields.  


  • Learn to use industry leading software to solve engineering problems
  • Create solutions to engineering design challenges
  • Build a portfolio of work for continued education opportunities
  • Gain skills in communication, critical thinking and collaboration
  • Entrance into a post-secondary institution to pursue a STEM degree


They have 2 programs, one for middle school students and the other for high school students (including incoming freshman):


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Congrats to another one of our H.S. Graduates!

We want to send big Congrats and Kuddos to another one of our graduating seniors, Alberto Lopez! He will be enlisting to serve our great country and we wish him all the best!


Beading & Sewing Circle Continues

As announced last week, due to popular demand, we have extended Beading & Sewing Circle for another 4 week session. This is the 2nd extension to this program and we are thrilled to do so because of the large community turnout and engagement. We have really been having a great time coming together learning, teaching each other, laughing and eating.

This week, we wanted to share some of the work that has been done over the past few weeks:

Community member, Patricia X., is showing off her large beaded medallion piece she completed last night. We were excited to see the final product!


First time beader, Chantay M., completed these earrings for her daughter


First time beader and sewer, Bonita L., working on a beaded hair barrette and regalia pieces for her son.


Earrings on the left made by experienced beader 7th grader, Asya H. and earrings on the right made by experienced beader Lisa B.


Forrest B. made the tobacco pouch, beaded the edging and started beading another project


Join us for the next 2 scheduled sessions, 4th session date still to be determined


Beading and Sewing Circle Spring 2017 2nd session

Congrats to our H.S. Graduates!

We are so proud of two of our seniors who graduated yesterday from the same high school here in Chicago!

Rafeal Reza, is our outgoing Youth Ambassador and will be attending DePaul University in the Fall. He’s pictured here with his nieces and nephew who are also participants in our program. Rafeal has been a great example of a leader not only to them but the rest of the youth!


Big Congrats to Rafeal Cruz, who also graduated yesterday! We are very proud of you!



Join us for a Weekend of Lacrosse!

We are excited to welcome back, special guest Lacrosse Instructor, RJ Smith, to do a weekend of training for everyone of all ages!

On Saturday and Sunday, June 24th-25th, RJ will provide the following instruction:

10am-12pm Basic Instructor Instruction- RJ will be doing a more advanced training session for teenagers and adults who wish to learn the specific rules of lacrosse and how to facilitate community games

12 – 1pm- LUNCH

1 – 3pm All Ages Workshop- this workshop will be an opportunity for both children and adults to practice and play in a more relaxed setting.

Both sessions will be outside, weather permitting.

Location: Wilson Park, 4630 N Milwaukee Ave (street parking available)


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