Casa Romero Out-of-School program
Thanks to the City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, the Illinois
Department of Human 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. 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, recreation, and mentoring, 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. – Regular family themed-events such as Fun with Art, International Night, and Awards Night.
The 2019-2020 School Year program began September 3 with close-to-full enrollment. Upcoming events include our LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL celebration and Open House from 5-6 pm on Thursday, October 24. Each quarter the students also take part in a Service Learning process. This Fall, they will consider “hunger” and our community response to this issue.