Café Teatro Batey Urbano

 

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Café Teatro Batey Urbano is a cultural space/youth center for action and reflection for Puerto Rican/Latino youth. It seeks to create meaningful linkages between universities and the community based on grassroots activism. Premised on the notion that our memories (our history) is the source of our imagination, Batey Urbano is a space for critical expression through spoken word, poetry, dancing, music, painting, and writing. This is achieved by fusing cultural expression and technology as means of organizing in creative ways, our work builds on the human and social capital of our community to develop youth leadership in our many programs and projects. We seek to allow for holistic multi-dimensional programming that includes multi-media technology, asset assessment and community involvement. Through Batey, we offer other services as follows:

CAFÉ TEATRO BATEY URBANO
2620 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622

773-904-8178

 Latest News from Café Teatro Batey Urbano

Batey Urbano After School Program help youth improve their academic performance

By Christian Roldán, BACCA Program Director

Batey Urbano After School Program has been working with the youth to improve their academic performance. The purpose of this program is to create a safe and educational space in our community to create a culture of excellence and emphasize the importance of knowledge for the youth in our neighborhood. Tutors engage students, helping them to develop their homework, scholarship essays, as well to develop their own personal projects and provide mentoring.

Batey Urbano is also collaborating with the Pipeline Program at Roberto Clemente High School and local Restaurants Nelly’s and Café Colao. This way we engage the students from the community to come to Batey Urbano and enjoy the benefits of the program

Willie Perdomo Helps Celebrate Batey Urbano 11th Anniversary

By Eduardo Arocho, Division Street Business Development Association

Thursday March 19th, Batey Urbano celebrated its anniversary with a fundraising event at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (NMPRAC).  Several Batey alumni poets performed including Queen of HP and Reyes. The Albizu Campos Louder Than A Bomb slam team also performed.

Batey Urbano is a youth space on Division Street that provides after school arts related after school programs to youth in the Humboldt Park Community. Jessica Fuentes was the host of the event and introduced the feature of the evening, Prize winning nuyorican poet Willie Perdomo. Perdomo read from selections from his latest book, The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon to the delight of the audience. Perdomo praised the organizers and looks forward to visiting the community in the future. View our Flickr album.

Batey Urbano Film Series

By Christian Roldan, Batey Urbano

Along with tutoring and recreational activities, Batey Urbano is presenting a series of films, starting today. These films take place each Wednesday at 5:00pm, after tutoring at Batey Urbano. In addition to providing entertainment to community youth, they call for critical reflection and social imagination.

At each showing, we present films as well as tasty refreshments from Nellie’s Restaurant to accompany the evening. Invite your friends so they can also enjoy this entertainment. Significantly, we have healthy recreational activities such as table tennis, chess, art, board games and card games.

BACCA Mentor and HS Activist Earns Spot in Chicago Metro HS Regional History Fair

By Diana Castillo, National Boricua Human Rights Network

Congratulations to BACCA youth mentor Mia Espinosa, a high school junior student at George Westinghouse College Prep, who’s earned a coveted spot in the Chicago Metro High School Regional History Fair. The fair seeks to encourage young people to explore Chicago’s history through performances, documentaries, exhibits, research papers and websites. Mia’s research paper-Chicago’s Puerto Rican Independence Movement and the FBI-takes in depth look at FBI tactics to discredit the movement to prevent it from developing supporters who challenged U.S. authority in Puerto Rico.

As a young Puerto Rican activist, Mia is not completely foreign to the history of the Puerto Rican movement in Chicago, but wanted to get more in depth knowledge of her own history and community. Mia has been able to expose her peers and teachers and has the opportunity of reaching an even larger audience in the City of Chicago. Mia’s achievement as a young researcher invites other young people to inquire and question the history of their own communities.

Batey After School Program Flourishes

By Cristian Roldán, BACCA

The Puerto Rican Cultural Center is delighted to present the Batey Urbano after school program for high school aged students in the Humboldt Park community and surrounding neighborhoods. The purpose of the after school program is to improve the academic performance of youth from Clemente Community Academy and Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School and help them orient themselves towards a better future. Batey Urbano provides a safe and educational space where youth can do their homework with assistance from tutor mentors, and with access to computers and the internet. With tutoring focused on math, Spanish, english, and essay writing, (3 P.M. to 6 P.M. Monday-Friday) as well as yoga, the student participants are encouraged to become self-actualized learners with increased engagement in their educational process. With the collaboration of the local restaurants Café Colao and Nelly’s, students are offered delicious food daily. Batey Urbano would like to welcome high school students to come study with us and to bring friends along to take advantage of this excellent program!

Humboldt Park Underage Drinking Prevention Coalition

By Maria Borrero, Barrio Arts, Culture and Communication Academy

The Underage Drinking Prevention Coalition met last Wednesday March 18th to prepare two thrilling upcoming events:

 * North Grand Bilingual Parent Fair- On March 27th the Coalition will be representing and sharing efforts with North Grand HS community to engage bilingual parents in alternative ways of celebrating cultural events with tasty alcohol free options. If you’re interested in participating please contact Maria Borrero mariab@prcc-chgo.org

* Batey Urbano and the Coalition Underage Drinking Prevention will be engaging community members to join us in a Ping Pong tournament as well as water bottle distribution. The main focus is to provide alternative fun ways of being proactive that don’t require alcohol. This will be part of Muévete Conference on Saturday April 4th from 10am-1pm at the Diabetes Empowerment Center. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Cristian Roldán- christianr@prcc-chgo.org

BACCA offers Math, English and Yoga!

After School Program on the Move!

By Christian Roldan, Barrio Arts, Culture and Communication Academy

Batey Urbano is delighted to present the After School Program for high school students in the Humboldt Park community and near-by neighborhoods.  Our priority is to improve the academic performance of the youth and orientate them toward a better future. Batey Urbano provides a safe and educational space where youngsters can do their homework, with the help of tutors, and with access to computers and the internet.  Students can also participate in cultural and artistic activities (painting, yoga, ping-pong, etc).

With the collaboration of the local restaurants Café Colao and Nelly’s, students are offered delicious food.  Students are tutored in Math, English, Spanish, and essay writing, Monday to Friday (3pm-6pm), as well as Yoga instruction on Tuesdays at 4:15pm. Batey Urbano would like to welcome high school students to come study with us and to bring friends  along to take advantage of this excellent program!

After School Program on the Move!

BACCA offers Math, English and Yoga!

By Christian Roldan, Barrio Arts, Culture and Communication Academy

Batey Urbano is delighted to present the After School Program for high school students in the Humboldt Park community and near-by neighborhoods.  Our priority is to improve the academic performance of the youth and orientate them toward a better future. Batey Urbano provides a safe and educational space where youngsters can do their homework, with the help of tutors, and with access to computers and the internet.  Students can also participate in cultural and artistic activities (painting, yoga, ping-pong, etc).

With the collaboration of the local restaurants Café Colao and Nelly’s, students are offered delicious food.  Students are tutored in Math, English, Spanish, and essay writing, Monday to Friday (3pm-6pm), as well as Yoga instruction on Tuesdays at 4:15pm. Batey Urbano would like to welcome high school students to come study with us and to bring friends  along to take advantage of this excellent program!

BACCA Program Visits UIC campus for Zona Abierta Event

On Wednesday November 19th, BACCA coordinator Maria Borrero and youth leaders Michelle Guzmán and Mia Espinosa participated in the Latino Cultural Center’s Zona Abierta event which featured the theme” Suspended Lives: Immigrant Families in Detention Centers”

UIC students, staff and the BACCA program were able to see how everyday immigrant mothers and children fleeing poverty and violence are criminalized and detained in jail-like detention centers. The discussion was led by Jennifer Chan, Associate Director of Policy at the Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center.

In the picture is Mario Lucero LCC Assistant Director Jennifer Chan from Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center and BACCA Program

Fiesta Boricua’s Youth Corridor – An Expression of Arts, Activism and Community Awareness

This year’s Youth Corridor had the mission of expressing and promoting all the services that are directed towards Humboldt Park’s youth development and educational services. The National Boricua Human Rights was well represented by Alyssa Villegas and Matt McCanna who, among many other tasks, were in charge of collecting petitions, distributing flyers, and educating the public on Oscar López Rivera. In total, more than 900 petitions and over $600 were collected in our “jail challenge”, where the audience had the chance to experiment what it was like to be inside a prison cell and collect $33, representing the 33 years of Oscar’s imprisonment, in order to be released.

The BACCA program was also represented by youth leaders Michelle Guzmán and Mia Espinosa, who raised more than $130 in water bottles for our anti-underage drinking campaign under the leadership of Program Coordinator María Borrero. The Union for Puerto Rican Students (UPRS) was also present with the new UIC Chapter President Ian Torres and Que Ondee Sola’s Editor in Chief Alyssa Villegas and NEIU’s chapter member Rebecca Ríos. A gentrification model designed by UIC’s architecture student Joel Aguilera and Gustavo Varela from Generation L was one of the main attractions, since it showed an artistic reflection of our community’s struggle to maintain all the amazing Latino services and resources that we offer.


The University of Illinois at Chicago brought representatives from the Latino Cultural Center and the LARES program, making the youth corridor an amazing arrange of educational and artistic presentations. In total, the Youth Corridor raised more than $1,500! All these efforts were  a success thanks to the collaboration of the leaders mentioned above, who feel a strong commitment to our community’s future.