Battle of the Bard® (BOTB) is a year-long festival of Shakespeare slam events open to high school students across the Chicago area. Founded by CYS in 2013, Battle of the Bard is designed to cross boundaries—of geography, cultures and experience — bringing students together through performance, team spirit, and friendly competition. BOTB events for the 2017/18 school year will invite a range of creative performance possibilities and opportunities for high school students to come together and share their voices as one community.
Reading, Creative Writing, Dramatic Play, Teacher Training
Beginning with Babble is LEAP’s mobile app for parents and caregivers with children from zero to four years old. The app reminds caregivers to interact with their children through a variety of developmentally appropriate stimuli and ideas. With written tips, audio prompts, and demonstrative videos, Beginning with Babble coaches caregivers to facilitate language-rich, back-and- forth interactions with their children.
Pre-Reading, Reading, Pre-Writing
PreK (Age 0-3), PreK (Age 3-5), Adult
Central, Far North Side, Far Southeast Side, Far Southwest Side, North Side, Northwest Side, South Side, Southwest Side, West Side
Chicago Books to Women in Prison is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We provide a critical intervention into an oppressive system that gives incarcerated people little or no access to books. By sending books free of charge to incarcerated women nationwide, we offer the opportunity for self-empowerment, education and entertainment that reading provides.
Currently we send books to women in state prisons in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio, as well as all Federal prisons and Cook County Jail. In 2016 we mailed 3,901 packages of books and blank journals to women in prison around the country—9,700 or so books in all and 591 blank journals.