Courtesy Bernard Boswell

Community Human Services, Inc., a leading agency in Human Services, is pleased to announce its After-School Program Partnership with Fathers Who Care, Maywood Fine Arts, Proviso East High Marching Band and Minerva Educational Foundation.

The goal of this initiative is to strengthen young people as well as their communities. After School services include academic counseling and job readiness activities; life skills education; volunteerism and service learning opportunities; community planning; and preparation for college.

The mission of CHSi is to provide community-based programs and services to disenfranchised Chicagoans. We are a not-for-profit organization founded in 1979 that serves adolescents and adults with advocacy, counseling, tutoring and job placement services. Our main goal is to assist our program participants in becoming productive and effective members of their respective communities.

About our Partners:

Fathers Who Care

Fathers Who Care is a comprehensive, parental involvement, social service initiative that was created to provide a nurturing and educational environment for non-custodial and custodial fathers who are indigent, but interested in building their parental involvement and social skills, while also maintaining a positive and successful relationship with their children. We are committed to providing alternative to Violence in our communities.

Maywood Fine Arts (MFA)

MFA began over 30 years ago with one couple, Lois & Ernie Baumann. Lois & Ernie saw the need to provide an opportunity for low income parents to give their children fun and educational activities in the arts. They started with a small dance studio and soon added tumbling instruction. In 1979 they opened Stairway of the Stars Dance Studio and Mr. Ernie’s Flip Flop & Fly Tumbling School. In 1996 with the help of concerned parents and community members the Maywood Fine Arts Association was established as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation. Their goal was to combat the escalating rate of drug activity, gang involvement, and teenage pregnancy by providing the young people of Maywood and surrounding communities with healthy after school and weekend activities in fine and performing arts.

Minerva Education Foundation

The Minerva Educational Foundation administers scholarships for college-bound students and educational programs for young people that promote scholastic achievement, cultural enrichment, social development and educational advancement with a primary focus on the African American Community through funding and support of public service programs of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and collaborative organizations.

Proviso East High March Band (Protosoma)

The mission of the Proviso East High School Band program is to build musical foundations so that students can be proficient performers on their instruments and in music theory. We aim to promote pride and excellence through music emphasizing leadership, discipline, and responsibility. Our students learn leadership skills and the importance of being involved in their community to bring about positive change. Music engages learners in developing self-esteem, cooperation, creativity, and self-motivation necessary for success. The skills and technical qualities involved in creating, recreating and interpreting works in the fine arts provide for lifelong appreciation. Being part of the Band allows young people to travel beyond their neighborhood and meet others from different backgrounds.

Students who wish to participate in the program should contact their nearest partnership agency or call CHSI at 773-463-7127.