Ada S. McKinley’s Educational Services program hosted a “Mock Funeral” to give 80 young men a reality check by having them participate in a ceremony mourning their own deaths. Through its What Are You Prepared to Do to Save A Life? initiative, the agency is using a restorative justice curriculum to tackle gun-violence and social [...]
Our Employment & Community Day Services program experienced increased work opportunities in April. Over the next few months, the people served through these programs will be assembling and packaging Chia products and other items. The spike in work orders benefits approximately 75 workers with developmental and intellectual disabilities across all three of our day program [...]
Site directors representing our Head Start & Early Learning team participated in a city-wide Career Fair at Chicago State University in an effort to recruit qualified teachers. In addition to recruitment, information was shared with attendees on the wide range of services available through Ada S. McKinley.
To ensure college accessibility and affordability continues to be a viable option for students served by Ada S. McKinley, our Educational Services team hosted a three-day college tour of Paul Smith, a private college located in the Adirondacks of upstate New York. Students representing Hyde Park Career Academy, Paul Lawrence Dunbar Academy, Tilden Career Community [...]
A tremendous thank you to CBRE in collaboration with Rebuilding Together of Metro Chicago for making renovations to our Aztlan Community Industries location at 1110 E. 87th Street on the city’s south side. Through their Build Day community service project, over 200 CBRE volunteers made cosmetic and safety improvements to this location where people with [...]
Our Employment and Community Support Services team is enhancing customized planning for the people we serve with developmental and intellectual disabilities through the use of person-centered planning tools and programmatic development. Renovations were completed recently at our McCrone location to develop space for activities such as crafts and hands on projects, exercise and setting goals [...]
Ada S. McKinley is one of four agencies taking a critical leadership role in serving youth impacted by violence and trauma in the community through the Youth Leadership Project. This joint venture of the Illinois Coordinated Care Partnership (ICCP) has resulted in the creation of programs designed to develop leadership skills at four target schools [...]
People we serve with developmental and intellectual disabilities put on a live stage production at the Black Ensemble Theater entitled Langston Hughes & Friends – Ada S. McKinley’s Aztlan Super Stars. They worked diligently for two months, practicing and memorizing lines, establishing performance chemistry, and learning life skills. Through its Theater for Special Women and [...]
Ada joined the Chicago Marine Heritage Society for our annual, city-wide Chicago Christmas Tree Ship effort at Navy Pier. We loaded over 1,000 live Christmas trees onto our trucks and delivered them to deserving families in time for the holidays. The program was featured during a WGN-TV/Channel 9 news segment.
We collected over 300 toys for children served by our foster care, emergency shelter, head start, and behavioral health programs. Special thanks to USI and McDonald’s Corporation, as well as Ada S. McKinley board members, staff and guests of our annual holiday party, for making generous toy donations.