Parent Popular Institute

10.28.15_Erie Clemente_HansikaNThe Parent Popular Education Institute will provide parents with Adult Education and workforce training leading towards employment or post-secondary careers by working in conjunction with the Chicago City Colleges and four-year institutions. The Parent Popular Institute will coordinate with the Parent University of Roberto Clemente CPS to offer additional adult education programing such as ESL, GED, financial literacy and tech training. These services will be offered to all the participating school parents within the CAAC boundaries in preparation for employment and active citizenship for the 21st century.

Parents will also be introduced to resources to assist in their children’s learning which will include, the Chicago City of Learning, The Chicago Summer of Learning, Teacher in the Library and local Chicago Park District and Museum programming. In conjunction with CPS, the Parent Popular Institute will support active engagement of parents in Local School Council activities and governance.

Latest News from Parent Popular Institute

Parent University/Parent Popular Institute Opens at Roberto Clemente Community Academy

By Michael Emmer, Puerto Rican Cultural Center Safe Passages staff

We are extremely excited to announce that last Wednesday, February 18th, saw the opening of the Parent University/Parent Popular Institute at Clemente High School! The participant workers from CPS’ safe passage program are the first group of parents from the community invited to take part in the initiative. Wednesday’s first class, “Introduction to Video”, is part of a mini course taught by Derek Grace of the Grace Media Group ( Parent participants in the Grace video class are learning hands on skills including the fundamentals of lighting, camerawork, sound, the evolution of videography from analog to digital, interview skills, on set vocabulary and much more. The class will culminate with participants producing their own video with the skills they acquire in the course, telling their own stories and sharing their own experiences.

The Puerto Rican Cultural Center would like to wish all the parent participants good luck in reaching their goals!

The Parent Popular Institute is a project put forward by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and powered by the Community as a Campus initiative in Humboldt Park, working in tandem with the Parent University, a project of CPS.


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 is the very first of its kind, serving as a model for other programs with similar objectives.

As the Master of Ceremonies of today’s grand kickoff, Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Dr. Shaun Jackson introduced a video showing Parent University participants hard at work, followed by speeches by Professor José E. Lopez and CEO of Chicago Public Schools Ms. Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

Also addressing the media and the crowd in attendance were Jose Rico of United Way, Sybil Madison Boyd of the Digital Youth Network at De Paul University, and Matthew Summy of Comcast, all important partners working in collaboration with CPS, the PRCC, and the Parent University at Clemente. Also, presiding over the event was Clemente principal Marcey Sorenson, without whom the Parent University at Clemente would not be able to function.

In attendance were such noted guests as Amy Rule, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s wife, Alderman Roberto Maldonado, former Alderman Billy Ocasio, as well as over a hundred community partners, participants, and guests.

As the speeches concluded guests were given intimate tours of each Parent University classroom, with each classroom spotlighting a particular Parent University course. Among the courses presented were Erie House’s manufacturing bridge program, Grace media’s digital video mini-course, a culinary arts mini-course, and an African drumming mini-course.

In addition, as the inauguration of the very first Parent University in the city was getting set to begin, guests were served delicious hors d’oeuvres made by Clemente students participating in Clemente’s amazing culinary arts program. While guests tasted the delicacies made by Clemente students, they were also treated to a feast of the eyes. In addition, to the beautifully presented photos of Safe Passage parent participants, Puerto Rican art from the Center for Puerto Rican Studies and the Hunter College art collection was on display.

As the very first program of it’s kind, Humboldt Park’s Clemente Community Academy’s Parent University is a remarkable model. Married to the Safe Passage Program at Clemente and Wells High schools, and founded on the concept of community as a campus and in tandem with the Parent Popular Initiative, it is sure to be a model followed by other educational institutions and community organizations across Chicago and beyond.