Batey Urbano After School Program help youth improve their academic performance

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

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

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

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

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

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

* 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-