Achievement Celebration Re-Cap!

Great big thank you to EVERYONE who attended our Achievement Celebration! It was an honor to recognize the youth, families, CPS staff and community! Check out some pics below:

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We’d like to thank Dr. Janice Jackson, CEO of Chicago Public Schools for attending the event and acknowledging the local Native American community here in Chicago! Not only did she provide Opening Remarks, but also took the time to meet with families and students. We truly value the relationships we have cultivated with CPS Leadership and know that they will continue to collaborate with us to increase our program’s outreach and awareness.

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Thank you to an amazing keynote presentation from RJ Smith on Cultural Identity. We also appreciate him and his family bringing a drum and singing for our students to perform!


Congrats to all the 2018 Graduates! We recognized Pre-K through Post Secondary. We are very proud of all of their achievements!


We are so thankful for the many families and students who participate in our programs throughout the academic year!


A great big thank you to our Advisory Council Members, we truly appreciate their dedication to serve on the Citywide American Indian Education Council!


Thank you to the CPS teachers who make themselves available to provide academic support to our students !


We couldn’t do the work that we do without our community partners, we thank them for their continued support and resources provided for our program!


Congrats to Anthony Pochel Tamez for being awarded the Louis Delgado’s ‘Spirit of Learning & Sharing” award!


Congrats to Asya Herlihy for accepting the role as our Program’s Youth Ambassador for another term!


Congrats to Pheji Cosson for being award Susan Power’s “Grass Dancer” award! Pictured above, her grandmother accepted the award on her behalf.

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View all of the pictures from the Achievement Celebration HERE
Download the presentation from the Achievement Celebration HERE


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CPS CEO Jackson to Hold Community Town Halls This Month

CPS CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson announced today that she will host a series of town hall discussions this month to speak with parents and community members about how the district and families can build on the record-setting academic progress that Chicago students are making. To engage families in every part of the Chicago, five meetings will be held at high schools throughout the city between May 15 and May 29
“As a CPS parent, I know that parent involvement is essential to ensuring our schools are as strong as they can be, and I want every child to have a great school,” said CPS CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson. “As we continue to expand our investments in college-prep work, vocational training and early childhood education, I look forward to listening to families throughout Chicago about the priorities that matter to them so we can continue the record growth students are making. We see a bright future for our students, one in which every student in every neighborhood reaches their full potential, and we hope these town halls will open new lines of communication to create stronger and more vibrant school communities.” 
At each meeting, members of the district leadership team will join CEO Jackson as she discusses her three-year vision for the district and speaks with parents about how the district can partner with community members to advance our shared goals. In addition to the town hall discussion, representatives from various CPS departments will be on hand to speak one-on-one with parents about how their offices can best support them. 
All meetings will occur from 6-8 p.m. on the following dates:
Tuesday, May 15 at Whitney Young Magnet High School
Thursday, May 17 at Brooks College Preparatory Academy
Monday, May 21 at Amundsen High School
Thursday, May 24 at Michele Clark High School
Tuesday, May 29 at Back of the Yards College Prep
Download Press Release here

Call for 2018 Graduates!

Let us know if you have a graduate this year, we want to honor them at our annual Achievement Celebration!

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And RSVP for the event here:

We’d also like to recognize ALL special achievements over the past school year:
Honor Roll
Perfect Attendance
Spelling Bee Participants
Speech Contest Participants
Science Fair Participants
History Fair Participants
Art Fair Participants
Decathlon Team Members
Student Council Members
National Honor Society
Sports Team
Any School Club/Team Participant
Milestone Achievement
Any Other Special School Recognition

Email student’s name, grade, school and recognition to Lisa at so they can be recognized at the event!

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Next tutoring session starts April 23rd

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Does your child need help getting a head start on the new school year? Would you like one-on-one instruction for them? Join us at St. Kateri Center for after-school tutoring from 3:30-5pm! We will have a CPS teacher and program staff on hand to assist your child and afternoon snacks are provided 🙂
Can’t make it to St. Kateri Center but your child still needs help? Email or call 773-534-2735 to request individual services at a convenient location to you and your family.

National Indian Health Board -Tribal Youth Health Policy Fellowship


2018 Tribal Youth Health Policy Fellowship
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is pleased to announce that applications for the 2018 Tribal Youth Health Policy Fellowship are now open!
The National Indian Health Board’s second cohort of Fellows will consist of 12 Native youth from around the country to engage throughout the year in Indian health policy and programming efforts. The Fellows will engage in Indian health policy solutions, tell their personal story, and advocate for changes in the healthcare and public health systems important to their Tribal communities.
The Fellowship provides youth with key opportunities for relationship- and skills-building that allows them to return home feeling empowered, connected to other Native youth, and well equipped to be the next generation of advocates for Indian health.
Tribal Youth Health Policy Fellowship
The inaugural group of Health Policy Fellows received Indian health policy, law, and advocacy training, strengthened their leadership skills, and learned how to effectively serve as future Tribal leaders and Board members.
NIHB hopes to build off the success and experiences of the first cohort of Fellows and encourage all who are eligible to apply. One of the many goals of the NIHB is to teach tribal youth about governance structures and the federal trust responsibility and we will continue to work with Tribal youth to improve the healthcare system of Indian Country.
Deadline: April 6, 2018