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SGALIFE Improving the lives of Chicago’s youth since 1911 News from SGA Youth & Family Services Spring 2009 Photo by Susan McMillen Students and families in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood benefit from a variety of after-school programs at the Community Schools: local community school, Telpochcalli, where SGA is a partner agency. Anchor in the Community Each CPS community school teams with a lead non-profit partner agency that has demonstrated experience in providing SGA Among Lead Agencies in Chicago support services aimed at enhancing academic performance. The role of the lead partner agency, thus, requires particular skill and It takes a community to raise a child. expertise, which is one of the reasons that SGA Youth & Family This is one premise behind the growing community schools Services has been chosen as a partner agency at three Chicago movement. School systems across the country are quickly community schools. implementing the community school model in which neighborhood The school and the partner agency must share a vision and schools become vital centers of before- and after-hours learning, commit to working together for the benefit of the school. Together enrichment, and activity for students, parents, and adult community they hire a full-time coordinator who identifies grants and other members. Culinary classes, English-as-a-second-language classes, resources to address the school’s particular needs. The Resource sports, health services, education, and art therapy are among the Coordinator works out of the school and is jointly supervised by the vast range of possible program offerings. school principal and a liaison from the lead agency. Community schools have been shown to improve student The school and its partner agency also have the task of learning by promoting family and community engagement with developing a tailored collection of voluntary and weekend programs students and the school. They support a holistic approach to student for students and the community at large. CPS makes the point that learning with a matrix of targeted services and programs, pushing community school programs are not simply add-ons to the regular open the door to learning opportunities beyond the confines of the school day; instead, programs must complement the school’s classroom and 9-to-3 school day. academic program. With 150 community schools, Chicago Public School System Before approving a particular school and agency for (CPS) leads the nation in number of community schools. This participation, CPS officials take a hard look at the qualifications and number represents impressive growth since the inception of the culture of the lead non-profit agency. Adeline Ray, Senior Manager, Chicago Community Schools Initiative (CSI) in 2002 under the CPS Community Schools Initiative, remarks: leadership of former CPS CEO Arne Duncan——now President “SGA shows a willingness to work collaboratively and is sensitive to the unique needs Obama’s Secretary of Education. of each school.” For more information on SGA’s speciﬁc work in Chicago’s community schools, read the article on pages 2-3. On Top of the Trend: SGA’s Role in Chicago’s Community Schools A community school is a partnership between a neighborhood school and at least one non-profit organization that provides or coordinates after-school programming and social services. SGA Youth & Family Services has participated in Chicago’s Community Schools Initiative since 2004. SGA has earned praise for its broad and longstanding contributions to the education of Chicago children. “If we are to educate our students, we must do more than teach them. We must also create a climate in which learning can occur. We must remove barriers and impediments to learning which students may face in their lives…. Key to those efforts is the work of the Scholarship and Guidance Association [SGA Youth & Family Services]. You help us remove roadblocks from our students’ road to learning.” Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of education and former CeO of Chicago Public Schools Currently, SGA is a partner agency in the three community schools described below. Each school presents a unique culture that Photo by Susan McMillen SGA responds to with insightful and sensitive leadership. Telpochcalli Elementary School At community schools, a non-profit organization partners with the school to provide after-school programming and social services. SGA is a partner agency at three community schools in Chicago. Telpochcalli Elementary School is located in the Pilsen community and has its roots in community organizing and development. As such, the school community is committed to meeting the needs of “The Partnership with SGA has had a profound effect in helping us have an open, its students, children in the community, parents, and other adults accessible school and in meeting the needs of students, family members, and through a wide range of programs and services. The student community residents.” population is 98% Latino. Tamara Witzl, Principal, Telpochcalli elementary School SGA shares the lead partner role with another non-profit group, Telpochcalli Community Education Project. Together both agencies are able to achieve the variety of academic development Community Schools Report Card and enrichment initiatives that integrate the arts into learning. As a The strengthening of schools as centers in their communities—in result, students’ academic development is supported by educational partnerships with families and non-profit agencies—is central to opportunities offered to adults in the community. Activities include the following: improving students’ academics, well-being, social growth, as well • as participation in the greater community. The community school Strengthening Families——Capacity building initiatives, adult model enables schools to accomplish this. education, and shared leadership opportunities are all targeted towards adults in the community. SGA has provided and The Community Schools Initiative has demonstrated its impact in many supported many of the capacity building initiatives, including areas, which includes but is not limited to the following: English-as-a-second-language classes, workshops on financial • 70% of participants improved the completion of their homework competence and domestic violence, community art projects, • 72% of participants improved classroom participation sports, and individual/group/family counseling. • • Healthy Minds and Bodies——These social support services are targeted to address the social-emotional needs of the school 66% of participants demonstrated improvement in classroom behavior community. SGA’s counselors have provided social-emotional • 73% of participants improved overall academic performance services for Telpochcalli for eight years. These results are accomplished by use of the ABC’s of community schools: A = Align out-of-school time with class learning From the President, Susana Marotta, PhD B = Bring communities, families, and schools together As the economic crisis places greater C = Coordinate resources for children and families stress on low-income families, SGA’s Samuel P. Whalen, PhD, University of Illinois, Three Years Into Chicago’s programs are more important than ever. Community Schools Initiative; Progress, Challenge and Emerging Lessons, March, 2007. The agency’s mental health and prevention services provide vital support Photo by Susan McMillen to vulnerable youth and their families in meeting today’s exceptional challenges. In this issue of SGA Life, you will find examples of such support in the articles about SGA’s leadership in the Community Schools Initiative (CSI)—a movement to boost children’s academic achievement by involving entire communities in the learning process. Of course, SGA’s involvement in programs such as CSI is possible because of your help. Thank you for all that you do. You may notice we have trimmed a couple pages from the Photo by Susan McMillen newsletter. This is an added effort to keep costs down while still keeping you informed of SGA’s important work. As always, I welcome your questions about our services or feedback on Services at each community school are tailored to address specific needs of students and families living in the area. Students attending community schools have demonstrated improvement in grades and the newsletter. Please e-mail us at email@example.com. performance on standardized tests. SGA LIFE 2 Caldwell Elementary Academy of Math and Science Caldwell school is located in the Avalon Park community and is relatively new to the Community Schools Initiative. SGA recently partnered with Caldwell Academy and is the sole lead partner in this initiative. The student population is 99% African American, and 76% of the students qualify for free or reduced-fee lunches. SGA, in conjunction with the school’s administrative staff, are developing three program initiatives: • Medical Home Model——SGA staff/resource coordinator has developed a relationship with local university hospitals to provide medical, vision, and dental screenings to Caldwell students. • Parent Resource Center——This initiative is designed to provide parents and community members with specific resources aimed at capacity building and personal enhancement. • After-School Programming——This component is designed to address a variety of different areas for Caldwell students, including music, character development, and conflict resolution. Photo by Susan McMillen By offering after-hours enrichment, learning, and social service initiatives, community schools become vital Photo by Molly Robinson neighborhood centers that support the success of students and their families. Emmet Elementary School SGA Youth & Family Services Board of Directors (FY 2009) This school is located in the heart of the Austin community and has joined the Community Schools Initiative. SGA was recently named Board Chair Jean Sulzberger Meltzer ex officio as the sole lead partner for Emmet. The student population is 100% James W. Forhan* (in Memoriam) Susana Marotta, PhD Rob Metzger* President African American, and 73% of the students qualify for free or reduced Partner, KPMG LLP Principal, William Blair & Co * Member of the Board fee-lunches. In addition to community outreach and the parent Immediate Past Board Chair Steven J. Gray* Melinda Molloy executive Committee resource center, three program initiatives are being developed and Treasurer, Chicago Park District Partner, Sonnenschein Nath will be implemented at Emmet: • & Rosenthal Victoria Noonan SGA gratefully acknowledges Managing Director, the cooperation of our clients Nutrition Enrichment Group——This group is designed to increase Directors Tishman Speyer in preparing this publication. Marianne Bamonte A special thanks to those awareness and education for parents and students on the James E. Pass Angela E. L. Barnes* Managing Director, who have allowed their impact of nutritional health for students and its effect on Senior Counsel, RBC Dain Rauscher photographs to be used. To academic performance. CNA insurance Companies Donald B. Belgrad* President and CeO, Yolanda Ridley Scheunemann Lower School Counselor, The Laboratory Schools, protect confidentiality, the section in which a client’s photo appears is not necessarily • Conflict Resolution Group——This group is designed for parents and students to increase their capacity for resolving conflicts. associated with the particular Schnadig Corporation University of Chicago program or service described. The aim is to teach students and parents new skills that they can Mary Campbell Ida Roldán, PhD, LCSW, employ during interactions at school and within the home and Writer & editor Psychotherapist in Private Practice SGA Youth & Family Services family settings. Rodrigo del Canto* Principal, ODA Consulting John Dancewicz Robert A. Romanoff Partner, Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC Jeffrey M. Seaman 11 East Adams Street, Suite 1500 Chicago, Illinois 60603-6309 • Life Skills Programming——This component focuses on building students’ character through psychological education groups, Managing Partner, Managing Director, Telephone: 312.663.0305 community speakers, and youth-led workshops. DN Partners LLC Robert W. Baird & Co. Fax: 312.663.0644 Joe Feldman Neal Seltzer Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Elaine Fiffer Partner, William Blair & Co. www.sga-youth.org SGA plans to expand its role in the Community Schools Initiative Susan Fisher-Yellen Lynn Small and is currently in discussions with CPS to serve as the lead partner Editor: Mary Campbell Deborah Chase Franczek* Brian Sorge for additional community schools during the 2009–2010 academic Contributing editors: Andrew R. Gelman Vice President, Daniel L. Dever, Susan McMillen year. In addition to its work in these three community schools, SGA Partner, Holland & Knight LLP Lambert & Associates has a presence in more than 30 other CPS schools, offering a range Iris Goldfein Mary Kay Sullivan Vice President, of programs including mental health, teen parenting, substance John Goodman financial Advisor, abuse prevention, and juvenile justice services. executive Vice President Merrill Lynch Go Green & Regional Manager, Studley Peggy Swartchild If you would prefer to receive James Hill III* Co-Owner, Material Possessions “Schools should be anchors of their communities, providing educational resources this newsletter by email, President, institute of for the entire family. These are the guiding principles behind our Community Compliance & Learning, inc. Gloria R. Washington please send an email to Jeffrey M. Toner email@example.com and Schools Initiative, which turns neighborhood schools into community learning Marilyn Helmholz John Idler Partner, financial Strategy include “newsletter” in the centers that are open well into the evening hours—so they can provide educational Network, LLC General Manager, ABC-TV subject line. and social service programs, not just to the students, but also to their parents and Marcus Wedner* Julie Learner, MSW Partner, CiVC Partners other family members.” Katharine B. Mann, PhD Licensed Clinical Social Worker James Whitehead Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley Partner, Sidley Austin LLP SGA LIFE 3 Transitions Reach For Dreams Benefit As noted in an insert to our fall 2008 edition of SGA LIFE, Jean Sulzberger Meltzer died in late Thursday, May 14 at the River East October at age 83. A member of SGA’s Board of Art Center: Reserve Your Tickets Directors for 47 years, Jean played a pivotal role in shaping our organization and in making Chicago a There are many ways you can support the work better place for young people. SGA will inaugurate of SGA Youth & Family Services, but perhaps a new award in Jean’s memory at the 2009 Reach the most fun way is to attend the organization’s For Dreams Benefit in May. annual Benefit dinner. James S. Whitehead retired from SGA’s Board of The 2009 event will feature a silent auction, Directors in December after 30 years of dedicated dinner, entertainment, and a display of service. A partner at Sidley Austin LLP, Jim also photographs illustrating the services SGA provides helped the organization with legal matters during to low-income youth and families across Chicago. his tenure on the Board. Thank you, Jim, for your SGA will also be inaugurating two new awards personal commitment to SGA and the young at this year’s dinner. The Jean Sulzberger Meltzer people we serve! Award, in memory of the long-serving SGA Board member who passed away in October, will honor an individual who has made a significant contribution to bettering the lives of Chicago youth. New Board Members The other new award will recognize a local business for its corporate citizenship in building stronger community programs for young people. SGA Robert A. Romanoff joined SGA’s Board of Directors selected commercial real estate services firm Studley as the first recipient. this past fall. Rob is an attorney and partner at Through its annual Landlord Golf Challenge fundraiser and the personal Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC. volunteer work of its employees, Studley’s Chicago office is helping create a Ida Roldán, PhD, LCSW, was elected to SGA’s more promising future for thousands of local children and adolescents. Board in January. A psychotherapist in private The beautiful River East Art Center, located near Chicago’s famous practice, Ida began her career at SGA in the late Navy Pier, will be the site for the May 14 fundraiser. To purchase tickets or 1980s as a clinical social worker. for information about corporate sponsorship, please call Kathy Chuckas, Jeffrey M. Toner, a financial planner and partner Associate Director of Development & Events, at 312.447.4353 or email her at with Financial Strategy Network, LLC, was also firstname.lastname@example.org elected to the SGA Board at its January meeting. Please remember You can do so by adding a simple “I give, bequeath, and devise For more information, contact codicil or amendment. Your attorney __% of my estate or $____ to Daniel L. Dever, Vice-President of the children we SGA Youth & Family Services” Development and Communications, can assist you in making a gift in this serve in your will. manner. The following is suggested 312.447.4324. Your planning today will help wording for the codicil: ensure SGA’s future. SGA Youth & Family Services 11 East Adams Street Suite 1500 Chicago, Illinois 60603-6309 Return Service Requested Join us at the SGA Benefit May 14, 2009 at the River East Art Center. SGA MISSION STATEMENT Our mission is to support the emotional and social development of Chicago area adolescents and young adults by providing therapy, prevention, and other support services for individuals and their families. Formerly known as Scholarship and Guidance Association, SGA Youth & Family Services has been dedicated to improving the lives of Chicago youth since its founding in 1911. SGA specializes in mental health, case management and prevention programs to help young people avoid risks and overcome obstacles so they can reach their fullest potential. Our services strengthen families, improve communities and help children grow to become contributing members of society.
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