Programs

EmpowerLD
EmpowerLD
EmpowerLD seeks to support teachers, students, parents, and professionals via workshops, consulting, and professional development sessions with no cost to the partnering sites.
Teacher Training
Grades K-8, Grades 9-12
South Side
No
No
Latino Union of Chicago
ESL Classes
Latino Union of Chicago
Latino Union offers weekly drop-in English as a Second Language classes at the agency’s 3416 W Bryn Mawr offices during the hours that the Albany Park Workers Center hiring hall is open (7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday). For a schedule of upcoming classes, call the Center at 773-588-2641.
ELL/ESL, Workforce Development
Adult
Far North Side
Yes
FAmily STart Learning & Support Services
UIC Center for Literacy
FAST provides access to high-quality, research based learning opportunities in collaboration with community partners. Services include:
Adult Education and Career Transition
Parent Resource Program
Parent Outreach
Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays
Reading, Book Access & Distribution, ELL/ESL, GED Prep, Workforce Development
Grades 9-12, Adult
Central, South Side, Southwest Side, West Side
Yes
Free Write Arts & Literacy
Free Write Arts & Literacy
Free Write Arts & Literacy provides one-on-one literacy tutoring, workshops in creative writing, visual art, and music production, as well as publishing and public performance opportunities to youth currently detained in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (CCJTDC).

Our approach to building competencies within the arts, literacy and positive youth development domains adheres to national Social and Emotional Learning Standards. Free Write provides the space and tools necessary to teach and practices the skills needed to effectively participate in the compendium of Restorative Justice models. Through increased literacy, written self-expression, exposure to and study of the performing, visual and literary arts, Free Write students become functionally literate and many become highly proficient, the narrators of their own stories and authors of their own futures. Each of our students has a unique and powerful story to tell. Literacy, self-expression, and an understanding of their own social and cultural surroundings are keys to overcoming the weighty obstacles each of these young people faces.
Pre-Reading, Reading, Pre-Writing, Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Dramatic Play, Book Access & Distribution, Curriculum Development
Grades 9-12, Adult
Regional
Yes
Futures
iSpeakMedia
Empowered as community leaders, students evaluate the role of media in race relations in America. Students of color write scripts for their futures as they address this question: “How can we eliminate racism in the America I am in line to inherit?” They learn to thoughtfully deconstruct messages in the media and take action using media as their tool for expressions of their empowerment.
Reading, Creative Writing
Grades 9-12
No Physical Location
No
Yes