Jorge Perez, Ensemble Espanol discusses the 100th birthday celebration of Jose Grenco during the American Spanish Dance & Music Festival. Founded in 1976, they serve 30,000 kids ages 4-84 annually and bring Spanish dance to the schools.
Little For Elementary School in Waukegan, IL partnered with Comcast for the 17th annual Comcast Cares Day. Volunteers gave the school some much needed TLC. They refreshed the classroom by refurbishing shelving units and painting. They also cleaned up grounds and planted flowers.
Comcast employees and community members gathered at the Elgin Salvation Army to spend day volunteering to spruce up the grounds, remodel the clothing closet, and move their food pantry to the first floor. Comcast has been partnering with the Elgin Salvation Army for 6 years.
Comcasters gathered at the Tinley Park office for Well Wish Note Project which included sorting through donations and writing notes for theCradlestoCrayonsorganization. Employee donations of clothing,toys, shoes, and basic essentials were sortedtobe included in care packages for local children living in low-income and homeless situations. Comcasters also wrotesupportive and enthusiastic messages, decorated with fun drawings, stickers & picturestosend words of encouragement and bring joytokids during the school year.
Foster children doing well at school are at risk because of financial issues and tuition costs. In the mid 90's, Illinois had the highest rated higher education. Now we are at the lowest. The Bridge Program is a mentor program that helps to keep students being lost to the summer melt. We will change this state by investing in higher education.
There needs to be a universal 72 hour waiting period for all gun purchases instead of the current 72 hours for hand guns and 48 hours for long guns. Lawmakers need to pass responsible legislature instead of just putting out there more guns. Also discussed is the need for more transparency at restaurants to help families with food allergies.
Illinois has a shortage of teachers. Other states offer a streamlined curriculum which specializes in your area of teaching. This cuts down on time and money spent on college costs and helps students who have financial difficulties.
Joe Sosnowski, State of Illinois House of Representatives discusses the new controversial tax credit pilot program. Also discussed is the backlog of unaccounted for water & sewage services. With the upcoming race, he hopes to see more change at the state.
Sheriff Tom Dart has said that the Cook County Jail is one of the largest mental health facilities in the country. Far too many people are incarcerated because of mental illness and many people in jail are in need of mental health services. We know that we can prevent incarceration and future arrests if we get people into therapy, not jail. We have proven models of care that can achieve this.
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According to the U.S. Department of Education, over 2.8 million students are accommodated for specific learning disabilities. A discussion about inclusive early education programs and their impact in minimizing future challenges for children as they transition to higher education or the workforce. With Katy Neas, Vice President of External Affairs at Easterseals, Inc. Click here for part 1 of Employment for Youth with Disabilities.
Interview recorded Sept 27, 2017.
El Valor is a non-profit that was founded in Chicago's Pilsen community. From it's founding in 1973, it has been instrumental in transforming the lives of individuals with disabilities, young children, and families. Services included outstanding, inclusive, early childhood education (Early Head Start and Head Start) as well as day programming, work force development, and residential housing for adults with disabilities.Early serves approximately 4,000 families on an annual basis.