Empowering At-Risk Children and Youth – Erie Neighborhood House

Kirstin Chernawsky, Executive Director - Erie Neighborhood House

Illinois Education Local

Kirstin Chernawsky, executive director of Erie Neighborhood House, highlights the efforts of her agency’s Expanded Learning Programs (ELP) to provide safe, recreational, out-of-school activities for at-risk children and youth between the ages of 5 and 18. Erie House is Chicago’s oldest still-operating settlement house agency; today the nonprofit organization reaches 5,500 people each year with programs that educate and empower residents, translating into stronger, more vibrant communities across the city. ELP gives 250 students access to tutoring, new technology, recreation activities and literacy support while also improving academic attainment, helping to cultivate life skills, providing opportunities for peer mentoring, and developing leadership potential. The program is particularly important given the current political, economic and social landscape, serving as a violence prevention initiative and a nurturing environment to build resilience and tools for success in school and in life.

For more information visit http://www.eriehouse.org