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Board Member Merle Cohen brings the holiday cheer to our Midway Learning & Wellness Center

The spirit of the season was alive and well at our Midway Learning & Wellness Center’s Holiday Party, where children and families enjoyed games, food, and fun! Each child received their very own holiday gift, courtesy of Metropolitan board member Merle Cohen.

Midway Center’s Holiday Luncheon features father engagement

At our Midway Center’s Holiday Luncheon, staff came together with board members, community partners, and friends of the Center to celebrate the holidays and this year’s successes in empowering children and families.

The common denominator: father engagement across Metropolitan.

The DuPage League, longtime supporters of Metropolitan DuPage, host annual Jingle & Mingle event

The DuPage Family Service League, a group of women whose support of our DuPage Center spans decades, hosted its annual “Jingle and Mingle” Holiday Dinner & Auction to benefit Metropolitan DuPage recently at the Red Oak Room at Cantigny Golf Club.

DuPage Community Board members enjoy a sweet evening in support of Metropolitan

Our DuPage Community Board enjoyed a sweet evening out at Downtown Glen Ellyn’s Holiday Treats event in support of Metropolitan DuPage!

Altgeld 10 youth leaders organize and distribute food to help end teen hunger

These members of our Calumet Center’s youth leadership program organized and distributed food recently as part of a partnership with Chicago Housing Authority, Urban Institute, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Southeast Chicago Center honors community partners at its Holiday Luncheon

At Metropolitan Southeast Chicago’s recent Holiday Luncheon, the Community Board gathered with staff and partners to celebrate the holidays and the contributions they have all made to make Metropolitan Southeast Chicago’s work possible.

Calumet’s Jennifer McCraw honored by Women Empowered for Civic Engagement

Women Empowered for Civic Engagement honored Metropolitan Calumet Program Manager Jennifer McCraw at its recent Purple With A Passion Awards!

Calumet young leader Lashyra honored at CPD Youth Ball

Congratulations to Lashyra, one of our Calumet Center’s Altgeld 10 youth leaders, who won the Shining Star Award at the Chicago Police Department’s first annual citywide youth ball!

Together, we Mpowered lives on Giving Tuesday

For Giving Tuesday on November 27, we at Metropolitan gave thanks for the people who Mpower us. Supporters helped Mpower our Metropolitan family, giving more than $5,500 in honor of people and programs across the agency from staff to board members to Centers.

Happy Halloween from our Young Fathers Program

When asked the men in our Young Fathers program about their Halloween traditions with their kids, we heard a lot of “Halloween movies!” and “trick-or-treating!” but, given the work they’re doing to improve themselves and their relationships with their children, we also learned about some of the ways they’re being conscientious.

A turtle-y radical Halloween with Midway’s Parents as Partners

On October 31st, the Parents as Partners program had its bi-monthly Group Connection and made it a Halloween Party!

“My life is completely different.” Meet LAS client Yannely

We’re pleased to hear from Yannely at our upcoming Equal Access to Justice Award Luncheon!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month at Metropolitan Calumet

Our Calumet Center kicked off its Domestic Violence Awareness Week in Altgeld Gardens with a rally in support of domestic violence victims and survivors.

Good News: October 12, 2018

Welcome to Good News! In this space we feature positive stories of community impact and development, relevant to the areas Metropolitan serves or the programs we offer.

North Center joins 25th District for a walk & rally against Domestic Violence

This October – Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Metropolitan staff and friends from our North Center community joined the Chicago Police Department’s 25th District and its Domestic Violence Subcommittee for a walk and rally in honor of lives lost in the area to domestic violence.

CEO Ric Estrada speaks at Woods Fund Chicago Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation event

Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Greater Chicago, an initiative of Woods Fund Chicago, is a comprehensive, national and community-based process to “unearth and jettison the deeply held, and often unconscious, beliefs created by racism”.

Southwest CILA attends Southwest NAMI’s fall banquet

The Metropolitan Southwest Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) clients and staff had some luck of the Irish as they attended the farewell Southwest NAMI Fall Banquet on Friday, September 21st at the Elks Lodge in Oak Lawn.

Midway and Calumet Staff celebrate retired Commander Kenneth Johnson

It was a joyful yet tearful occasion for 007th District Police Station on the retirement of their beloved Commander Kenneth A. Johnson hanging up his badge after dedicating over 31 years of service to the Chicago Police Department.

Good News: September 21, 2018

Welcome to Good News! In this space we feature positive stories of community impact and development, relevant to the areas Metropolitan serves or the programs we offer.

Calumet Annual Meeting honors the Center’s community

Metropolitan Calumet’s Annual Meeting on Friday, September 14 celebrated the people who empower the Center, and by extension, the children and families we serve.

Sea Of Orange canvasses North Side in a Block Blitz

About 50 volunteers went door-to-door, speaking with people in more than 500 homes.

Rita Lopez Brosnan chats with Wheaton Mayor Michael Gresk

Rita Lopez Brosnan, Executive Director of Metropolitan DuPage, talks with Mayor Michael Gresk about our DuPage Center’s programs and community engagement on the City of Wheaton’s “Chat with the Mayor” series.

Chicago Cubs recognize Metropolitan CEO Ric Estrada

Our President and CEO Ric Estrada has been named by the Chicago Cubs as their 2018 Roberto Clemente Award winner!

Back to School Fair offers info & resources on children’s health

Metropolitan’s Healthy Minds – Healthy Children – Healthy Chicago (H3) program, in coordination with other members of the Englewood Clinic Coalition, spearheaded a hugely successful 3rd annual Back to School Fair!

Building a Trauma-Informed City: find a training near you

In a collaboration with the City of Chicago to build a Trauma Informed City, we at Metropolitan are facilitating several “Trauma Informed Care 101” workshops throughout September across our Chicago locations.

Thank you to our outgoing and incoming DuPage Community Board Chairs!

The outgoing chair, Marcie Peterson, and the incoming chair, Bill Jennrich, share their experiences working with Metropolitan DuPage.

Mariachi at Midway!

Our Midway Learning & Wellness Center’s kids and families enjoyed a Mariachi concert as part of our Words to Grow On project!

Erikson Institute Executive Fellows Service Day

Preschoolers at Metropolitan’s North Children’s Center and Midway Learning & Wellness Center recently welcomed a few new friends for the morning: members of Erikson Institute’s current cohort of McCormick Foundation Executive Fellows.

Good News: August 10, 2018

Welcome to Good News! In this space we feature positive stories of community impact and development, relevant to the areas Metropolitan serves or the programs we offer.

Let’s Play Ball: Metropolitan’s softball team made the playoffs!

Metropolitan’s softball team is in the playoffs of Chicago’s nonprofit softball league!

DuPage ECE Programs Plan for a Brain Smart Start to the 2018-2019 School Year

Recently our DuPage early childhood programs sent representatives to the “Elevate Social Emotional Learning: Start Strong with Conscious Discipline the First Six Weeks” conference in Orlando, Florida.

Happy 30th Anniversary, Metropolitan Southeast Chicago!

Decorations at Metropolitan Southeast’s 30th Anniversary celebration featured “I love my Community School because…” signs made by students in the center’s Community Schools program, showing guests what a difference they’re making in the lives of kids in the surrounding neighborhoods by supporting the program.

Good News: July 27, 2018

Welcome to Good News! In this space we feature positive stories of community impact and development, relevant to the areas Metropolitan serves or the programs we offer.

Little YOUth Dental Expo shares smiles and dental education

Our DuPage Center’s recent Little YOUth free dental expo engaged children and families in our early learning programs with dental health!

Midway Learning & Wellness Center has a garden growing!

Children at our Midway Learning & Wellness Center are growing in more ways than ever – by contributing to a new garden at the center!

Spotlight On: Bowen High School, Southeast Community Schools Partner

“Were it not for the Community School programs at Bowen, some of our students wouldn’t be here and we know for a fact, some of our graduates, wouldn’t have graduated, were it not for the Community School Programs at Bowen.”  – Bowen High School Principal Priscilla Horton

Meet Vanessa Schwartz, Southeast Center Director

Vanessa Schwartz was born and raised in Southeast Chicago. “I love that community,” she says. “That community has been my home forever, it’s always been my heart and soul.” Learn more about Vanessa and the 30th Anniversary celebration she’s planning for Metropolitan Southeast.

Good News: July 13, 2018

Welcome to Good News! In this space we feature positive stories of community impact and development, relevant to the areas Metropolitan serves or the programs we offer.

Miracle on 103rd Street event highlights Metropolitan Calumet

On Thursday June 14th, the Metropolitan Family Services Calumet Center celebrated its “Miracle on 103rd Street” Investment Appeal by hearing from Executive Director Audrena Spence, board members, and youth.

Meet a new cohort of Parenting Fundamentals graduates

The graduates of Metropolitan’s Parenting Fundamentals program devoted two hours each week for 10 weeks to learning positive parenting skills. See the smiling faces of our most recent cohort of parent graduates.

Good News: July 6, 2018

Welcome to Good News! In this space we feature positive stories of community impact and development, relevant to the areas Metropolitan serves or the programs we offer.

Parenting Fundamentals program celebrates parent graduates

Our Parenting Fundamentals program hosted an appreciation event at the Midway Learning & Wellness Center to celebrate the conclusion of the most recent session of its Parent Leadership Program.

Calumet staff brings the Sea of Orange into the Roseland community

Our Message was loud and clear!
Our Motives were effective!
Our Mission was accomplished!
We are Metro!

Metropolitan Peace Academy Graduation honors street outreach workers

Twenty-four of Chicago’s top street outreach experts – those specializing in diffusing street violence – were the first to graduate from the Metropolitan Peace Academy, June 27th at Soldier Field’s United Club.

Good News: June 29, 2018

Welcome to Good News! In this space we feature positive stories of community impact and development, relevant to the areas Metropolitan serves or the programs we offer.

End of the School Year at Midway Children’s Center

Happy end of the school year from Midway Children’s Center! Our staff organized a celebration with games galore for our littlest learners.

Midway Learning & Wellness Center celebrates dads

After a successful Day to Celebrate Moms, our Midway Learning & Wellness Center spread the love among the dads involved at the center!

Crain’s Chicago Business: Why Chicago’s violence interrupters need their own training academy

Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P) Director Vaughn Bryant and Institute for Nonviolence Chicago‘s Chris Patterson discuss our Metropolitan Peace Academy’s work in professionalizing street outreach for Crain’s Chicago Business’s series on approaches to reducing gun violence.

ACT Now hosts 1871 panel on STEM in afterschool

On Wednesday, June 20th ACT Now hosted a panel discussing the importance of STEM programming in the afterschool space. Attendees included representatives from the STEM industry, afterschool programming and much more.

Midway Learning & Wellness Center celebrates moms

Our Midway Learning & Wellness Center recently hosted Celebrate Mom Day!