Our Behavioral Health & Clinical Services team host a Positive Energy Girls’ Group each week. Led by clinician Madelyn Cunningham, the group engages young women and assists them with self-esteem, bullying, conflict, feelings, etc. Parents of the girls’ group also meet weekly and are engaged in skill development to address stress, anxiety, family conflict, etc.
Black History Month at our Aztlan location, serving people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, was celebrated by highlighting historical figures such as Ada S. McKinley, Rosa Parks, Langston Hughes, Jackie Robinson, Harriett Tubman, George Washington Carver, Ida B Wells, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Staff recited poems, famous quotes, and gave fun facts and [...]
Our Foster Care team honored Bettye Hudson, professional foster parent and now retired Ada employee of our Emergency Foster Care Shelter Program. Affectionately known as “Ms. Bettye”, she served the program passionately for eleven years and cared for over 400 youth, including large sibling groups, pregnant and parenting youth, LGBTQ youth, children who have experienced [...]
Music, dancing, food and treats were the highlight of the Valentine’s Day Party held at our Aztlan location. In preparation for the party, people we serve with developmental and intellectual disabilities helped decorate the building.
Our Educational Services team hosted a Trade Show at Percy L. Julian High School to support students and their quest for independence and continued education. Several businesses participated in this inaugural event and provided students with insight into program and apprenticeship options that focus on natural abilities in creativity and industrious skills, along with the [...]
We are proud to share that two participants of our Self-Advocacy Program for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, Donta Jones and Derenda Griffis, graduated from the Illinois Self Advocacy Alliance Ambassador Leadership Program. During the five-month training, they focused on independent learning in the areas of research, technology, planning meetings and events, public speaking, [...]
Our Special Olympics teams continue to thrive and raise the bar. The McKinley Vocational Panthers made history by winning the Bronze medal at the inaugural State Flag Football Tournament for Special Olympics of Illinois. We are tremendously proud of our team for all of their accomplishments in the very first season of competition.
2019 is the year of Ada S. McKinley! It’s our 100th Anniversary. Ada has remained strong and thrived for a century. We have several exciting events planned to commemorate this extraordinary milestone and celebrate our legacy. Stay tuned for more info.
Ada S. McKinley is being represented as part of a critical transition team that will advise Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker and his administration on social services in Illinois. Ada’s CEO Jamal Malone was recently appointed to the Healthy Children and Families Committee which will focus on reversing cuts to community organizations and expanding health care. Pritzker's [...]
Ada S. McKinley celebrated #GivingTuesday this year by kicking off its Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Make Your Donation $10 Will Provide Toys for Kids A $10.00 donation will help provide toys to children served by our foster care, emergency shelter, head start, and behavioral health programs. $100 Will Do Even More Next year Ada S. [...]