On January 3, we welcomed 11 new faces to the Windy City! From the beginning, this group has been eager to explore the city and their collective excitement has been palpable! They have embraced new experiences and taken full advantage of all the program has to offer in the early going!
They visited communities as far north such as the Indian business district on Devon Ave. with Ranjana Barghava, as far south as the neighborhood of Roseland where they met with Diane Latiker of Kids Off the Block to hear about her work combating youth violence, and quite a few neighborhoods in between those 27 miles! Our goal at the beginning of each semester is to expose students to as much of Chicago as possible in a short period of time. This orientation provides students with the foundation and confidence necessary to feel comfortable and safe while traveling the city. At the same time students are developing confidence in their own abilities, they are also learning to appreciate the diversity of Chicago's communities and the people that make our city the world class city it is.
This semester our student teachers are placed at Franklin Elementary, Senn High School, Nettelhorst Elementary, Pritzker Elementary, Gage Park High School, Simeon Career Academy, and Pilsen Community Academy. Our social work students will be completing their BSW practicum placements with Association House, Grace House, Weiss Hospital, El Rescate, and House of the Good Shepard. Last, but not least, we have one student who working with Big Shoulders Fund (a new partner this semester!).
Scroll down to take a look at all of their adventures from the first two weeks of orientation!
Learning how to navigate public transportation.
Prayers at the Muslim Community Center.
Meeting with Diane Latiker at Kids Off the Block.
Meeting Reverend Jesse Jackson at Rainbow PUSH Coalition.