Thanks to the City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services and other supporters, the out-of-school program is open weekdays during the school year from 3-6 pm, and during the summer from 12 noon – 4 pm. The activities are centered at Casa Romero, one of the parish buildings. DSC04905   50 children and youth grades 1-12 are divided into 5 age appropriate groups directed by a young adult group leader. Each day’s activities include mentoring, academic assistance, and recreation, along with the    teaching and reinforcement of Life Skills. Each group works to support the students’ development through age-appropriate activities. Some highlights include: – Cultural awareness activities related to holidays and seasons such as the Day of the Dead in November, Posadas in December, or Dr. Martin Luther King Day in January. – Life skills each year cycle through Nutrition and Fitness, the Boys Town Social Skills, career exploration, and the Second Step Violence Prevention curriculum. – Computer Skills include web-based research, math games, and Hooked on Phonics. – Regular family themed-events such as Fun with Art, International Night, and Awards Night.     DSC04897 The 2016-2017 School Year program began September 8 with close-to-full enrollment. Upcoming events include the fall Illinois Student Vote project, which helps students learn about the Election process through exercises in “Voter Registration,” “Campaigns” and an “Election Day” as well as grade-appropriate exercises. Thanks to the City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, a such as the Day of the Dead in November, Posadas in December, or Dr. Martin Luther King Day in January. – Life skills each year cycle through Nutrition and Fitness, the Boys Town Social Skills, career exploration, and the Second Step Violence Prevention curriculum. – Computer Skills include web-based research, math games, and Hooked on Phonics. – Upcoming events include our LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL celebration and Open House from 5-6 pm on Thursday, October 20.  The next evening, we will be part of the community Día de los Muertos candlelight procession, with an Ofrenda designed and set up by the students, staff, and parents.  And, we are preparing for the fall Illinois Student Vote project through the League of Women Voters, which helps students learn about the Election process through exercises in “Voter Registration,” “Campaigns” and an “Election Day” as well as grade-appropriate exercises.