Programs

Athletes for Media Literacy
iSpeakMedia
Student-athletes are taught media literacy essentials to guide them in a better understanding of their media use and how they are represented in the media, so that they can lead by positive example. They become ambassadors of iSpeakMedia.
Reading, Creative Writing, Teacher Training
Grades 9-12, Adult
No Physical Location
No
No
Aunt Mary’s Storybook
Companions Journeying Together
Companions Journeying Together staff and trained volunteers bring into the jail or prison a selection of brand new books, along with audio recorders. They assist participating parents in choosing an age-appropriate book for each one of their children. Each of the participants are then given an opportunity to record him or herself reading the books for their children. If the participant wishes, he or she may end with a message of love to the children and thanks to the caregiver. On behalf of the parent, we then send the books and CD to the children.
Reading
PreK (Age 0-3), PreK (Age 3-5), Grades K-8, Grades 9-12, Adult
West Side
Yes
Turning the Page
Author Visits
Turning the Page
Since 2001, more than 75 author and illustrator volunteers have visited 150 Community Nights! Visiting authors read one of their stories to families and answer student questions. Classrooms of students will have discussed the author’s book beforehand and often prepare a special welcome for the visiting author. Following the author’s presentation, the author speaks separately with parents, sharing inspirations, challenges, and their writing and publishing process. Authors personally sign their books for the families in attendance after the workshops.
Book Access & Distribution
PreK (Age 0-3), Grades K-8
West Side
Yes
Yes
Autism Core Skills
Infiniteach
http://infiniteach.com
Autism Core Skills is an innovative educational platform built by autism experts. We are on your team to ensure every child with autism reaches their fullest potential! Features of Autism Core Skills Skills: Our lessons teach both academic and social skills, from preschool through first grade Common Core standards. Academic lessons cover reading and math skills such as colors, shapes, rhyming, spelling, and addition. Two-player social lessons cover the communication skills of expressing preferences, staying on topic, and categories. Games teach students to share, take turns, and follow rules. Themes: We engage students by using high interests themes in our lessons. You can choose from animals, trains, sports and many more themes to make learning fun. Autism Best Practices: All lessons are embedded with autism best practices like: errorless learning, discrete trials, and visual lists and counters. All lessons are adaptive and adjust in difficulty so students are always learning at their optimal level. Data: Data on all lessons is automatically recorded and displayed in informative and intuitive graphs and charts. Data can be shared and printed from within the platform. Printable Curriculum: We provide a free printable curriculum to help generalize the skills students are learning on the iPad into the real world. Collaboration: Each paid account comes with a free collaborator account to ensure continuity of learning. A collaborator could be a teacher, parent, grandparent, or anyone else that is invested in your student’s learning. Homework is automatically assigned to collaborators, and data is synced between the two accounts.
Reading
PreK (Age 0-3), PreK (Age 3-5)
No Physical Location
No
Battle of the Bard
Chicago Youth Shakespeare
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
Grades 9-12
Suburbs, Regional
Yes
Yes