The Puerto Rican Cultural Center is the lead agency of the Humboldt Park “Community as a Campus” (CAAC) education initiative The CAAC plan has been adopted by the Chicago Public Schools, Community Action Council of Humboldt Park Chicago, and endorsed by the Chicago Public Schools Board of education. The CAAC seeks to create a community-wide educational pipeline from Pre-K to 16 that will be framed within the precepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) academic standards and will be supplemented with wrap-around services provided by partnering community agencies.
The centerpiece of the CAAC initiative is the revitalization of Roberto Clemente Community Academy and the enhancement of the 11 elementary feeder schools. As a resource to support school improvement, three education institutes (Teacher/Administrator, Parent Popular and Youth Leadership) have been created to work collaboratively across the CAAC. The institutes will assist to improve educational offerings and outcomes, increase parent engagement and continuing education opportunities, and provide youth opportunities to participate in civic leadership initiatives, as well as pathways to careers. Over the past three years the CAAC has raised over one million dollars to support schools, students and families within the boundaries of the initiative.
The CAAC initiative started in 2008 and has garnered the support of the community and a wide variety of institutional partners. The CAAC initiative will respond to the academic and workforce needs of all learners, preparing 21st century citizens who will shape the future of the greater Humboldt Park community.
The components of this initiative includes:
- Parent Popular Education Institute
- Youth Leadership Institute (Clemente College Project)
- Teachers/Administrator Institute
- Cafe Teatro Batey Urbano
- PRCC Safe Passage
- Consuelo Lee Corretjer Day Care
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