Community as a Campus Initiative

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: 

Latest News from CAAC

Newly Installed UIC President Visits Clemente: Learns About Community As A Campus Initiative

By Michael Emmer, Puerto Rican Cultural Center The newly installed president of the University of Illinois, Timothy L. Killen spent several hours learning about the Community as a Campus concept. The event was held at the newly opened Parent University at Clemente Community Academy. State Representative Cynthia Soto welcomed the president via telephone from Springfield, Illinois. Principal Marcey Sorensen provided some of the ...
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Parent University at Clemente High School Opens its Doors

By Michael Kurshan Emmer, Safe Passage staff, PRC March 26th, 2015 marked the grand opening of the Parent University at Clemente High School, something the Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) and the Community as a Campus initiative (CAAC) have been working on bringing to fruition for quite some time now. A new concept in education, the Parent University at Clemente in Humboldt Park ...
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Ald. Moreno reiterates support for Community Effort to Refurbish Von Humboldt and DuPrey School

By Sergio Rolon On Friday, March 14th, 2015, CPS announced its intention to sell several buildings that were shut down in 2013, including the 3 story, 100 year old located at 2620 W. Hirsch. In response, Ald. Joe "Proco" Moreno announced his intention to fully support the refurbishing of these buildings for housing and education to use including the creation of a teachers lounge and a possible ...
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Knowledge Exchange Recap: Education Reform in Humboldt Park

Pictured below l-r: Marvin Garcia, Boricua College's Dr. Raquel Ortiz, former BPI intern Militza Pagán, and José E. López. In August, BPI hosted a Knowledge Exchange with Jose López, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, and Marvin García, Director of the Alternative Schools Network of Chicago Praxis Project. They discussed the Community as a Campus (CAAC) initiative, a plan conceived by ...
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Community as A Campus Holds 1st Strategic Planning Retreat at Moos School

The Community as a Campus (CaaC) education initiative for the Humboldt Park Community Action Council held its first retreat on Saturday, April 28 at the Moos Elementary School. 17 members of the Strategic Planning Committee, representing a wide range of community organizations and educational institutions, participated in the retreat.  The purpose of the retreat was to refine the 5-year plan, develop committee structures ...
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