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elcome to the spring edition of P2P: Parent2Parent Magazine brought to you by the

Chicago Public School’s Office of Leadership and Learning. P2P is written for parents by parents. In collaboration with the True Star Foundation, parents participate in a journalism class, offered in one of our five Parent University locations across the city. The final product of this class is our quarterly P2P Magazine, available in English and Spanish in both print and digital formats. P2P is designed to keep caring adults within CPS abreast of current educational trends and best practices in supporting student learning. It is our hope that by keeping our parents informed, they will serve as positive stewards in their child’s education. In this edition, our parents share useful information on ways to support your children including raising capable kids, how to handle situations of abuse, and helping them to realize their purpose while instilling self-confidence. Our cover story highlights Valerie Warner, the co-host of ABC 7’s “Windy City Live,” and mother of two. Our P2P parents write about her commitment to her children in the midst of a demanding career and how she balances family and work priorities. We look forward to taking this educational journey with you. It is our hope that in each edition, you will find at least one nugget of wisdom, words of encouragement and best practices that you can utilize. If you have good news stories, events, programs or other information parents should know about, please send us the information by visiting or email us at  fadaf


Dr. Shawn L. Jackson Chief, Office of Leadership and Learning

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” -Eleanor Roosevelt


Cassandra Yvette Anglin is a homemaker. She is the mother of two children. She serves as FOIA Officer for the Parent Advisory Council, and facilitator for the Raising Highly Capable Kids Parent Course at Andrew Carnegie Elementary School. She enjoys writing, and hosts a fitness video blog on

Stephanie Sall is the mother of six children, two are students at Andrew Carnegie School, one attends Kenwood Academic Center and one is at Harold Washington College. Sall, a women’s rights and children’s rights activist, is also an entrepreneur and business owner. She is founder and CEO of COUTURE PUNCH.

Cynthia Allen is a child advocate at Joseph Jungman Elementary School. She is interested in covering issues related to child protection, children’s rights and community empowerment through education. She is specifically dedicated to the rights of children who’ve experienced trauma and helping them define and manage their emotions.

Ms. Darlette M. Willis is a member of the Andrew Carnegie family. Within CPS, she is a PAC member, a Raising Highly Capable Kids facilitator, a parent advocate and mentor. Willis is the mother of one adult daughter and a daughter who attends Gary Comer College Prep. She shares her messages of empowerment through her platform, DMW, Develop Mental Wisdom.

Special Thanks Forrest Claypool, CEO of Chicago Public Schools Dr. Janice Jackson, CEdO of Chicago Public Schools Denise Little, COO of Chicago Public Schools Frank Bilecki, Chief Officer of Public Policy of Chicago Public Schools

True Star Foundation Executive Directors DeAnna McLeary Sherman & J. Na-Tae’ Thompson Managing Editor Marti Parham Editorial Instructor Nikitta Foston Art Direction Design & Illustration Angel D’Amico-Bauer

Table of Contents ACADEMICS 6: The Kwan Talk Show, Teaching and Reaching by P2P Staff 7: Learning through Laughter with Da Wildcat by Ms. Darlette M. Willis 8: Hidden Figures, a Lesson in History by P2P Staff 9: Artistry in Education by Ms. Darlette M. Willis

SCHOOL & HOME ENVIRONMENT 12: Foster Care is Loving Care by Cynthia Allen 13: Teaching the Whole Child by Ms. Darlette M. Willis 14: Moving Beyond Assault When it Hits Home by Cynthia Allen 15: Knowing Your Purpose by Cassandra Yvette Anglin

COVER STORY 16: Valerie Warner on Motherhood & Media by Cassandra Yvette Anglin

PARENT SUPPORT & INVOLVEMENT 18: Wealth Matters, Get Yours! Building Blocks of Financial Literacy by P2P Staff 20: Who the Run the World, Girls! by Stephanie Sall 21: POEM, Support for Single Parents, by Ms. Darlette M. Willis

PROMISING PRACTICES 24: Raising Highly Capable Kids by Cassandra Yvette Anglin 26: Freshman Year Survival 101 by P2P Staff 27: Striking Gold in Auburn-Gresham by P2P Staff

APPENDIX 28: Caps Program Brings Careers to Chicago Youth by Ms. Darlene M. Willis 29: Entrepreneurs: Making Business Work for You by Stephanie Sall

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“The Kwan” TALK SHOW,

Teaching and Reaching BY P2P STAFF


esigned to encourage parental and student engagement through a broadcast platform, “The KWAN: Strength, Power, Good Sense, Style & Ability” is quickly becoming the talk show of the town. In February, the show celebrated Valentine’s Day by asking, “What Does Love Mean You?” Featuring Chicago’s very own, Brian “Da Wildcat,” Smith and interviews by Nya Smith, a ninth grade student commentator; this talk show has a promising future. “Our challenges are to meet parents where they are so that they might connect with their students and to the resources within their communities,” said Host and Executive Director of “The KWAN,” Kisalan Glover, Senior Campus Manager for Parent University Bronzeville. “‘The KWAN’ allows us to create those conversations, in a fun and innovative way, using media as our platform. The voice of the parent. The voice of the student. The voice of the community. We call it ‘The KWAN.’” Each month, “The KWAN” presents a different theme that allows families to engage. Through “The Kisalan Experience,” “The KWAN” provides an outlet for creative expression, authentic emotions and connections that unify. “This is enriching for our students and parents,” Glover says. “What’s good for one of us, is good for all of us.” For students interested in learning about broadcast media or journalism, “The KWAN” provides a platform to become involved in a real-time monthly production. 6 Parent 2 Parent

Host Kisalan Glover (right) welcomes guest to March taping of “The KWAN.” “Learning doesn’t end in the classroom,” Kimeco Roberson adds, co-producer for “The KWAN.” “There are lessons we learn through creativity, through expanding our view of the world and by contributing our special gifts to our world. ‘The KWAN’ allows our students and families to do just that.” With the help and guidance from the Office of Leadership & Learning and the production team, the hour-long show is recorded in front of a live studio audience. The show includes questions and answers from the audience, sponsor gifts and prizes. “Special thanks to co-producer, Lorenzo Craig; executive producer, Jhmira Latrice Alexander and Kimeco Roberson, co-producer,” adds Glover of “The KWAN” producers. “Each person brings a dynamic that makes ‘The KWAN’ a quality production. I’m thankful for their contributions and commitment to this vision.” For more information, visit or email Follow The KWAN: Facebook: The Kwan IG: thekwan_tv Twitter: CPSParentU YouTube: TheKWAN tv

Mr. Brian Smith AKA



a! Ha! LOL! It will make your jaws ache. It’s comedy at it’s finest. With style, wit and charisma that connects, Brian Smith, aka “Da Wildcat” is changing the comedy game with a vision for the future. One that involves learning through laughter. Smith knows the difference that laughter, learning and a creative role can have in a student’s life. Growing up in Harvey, Ill., he was surrounded by gang activity and saw many of his friends die from violence or go to jail. But the speech team at Thornton Township High School changed his life. “It gave me an outlet,” he says. “If the people around you change, you change.” The speech team helped him stay off the streets, stay out of trouble, and on the track toward progress. Today, he is an actor, writer and his most prized role -- parent. The father of three says, “Sometimes God will bring a life into your life to teach you how to appreciate life.” Early on in life, Smith would make others laugh by imitating his grandmother and people at church. In school, he became known as the class clown. Little did he know that he was learning the art of comedy, lessons that would prepare him for his comedic career. In 2015, Smith won Shaquille O’Neal’s Next All-Star Comedy Contest. He is also the five-time winner of “Showtime at the Apollo”. On the silver screen, he is featured in: Heaven on Seven, Not Another Zombie Movie and Call Center. But there’s more. The former BET “Comic View” performer/writer has a role in Ubisoft’s newest video game, “Watchdogs”. Despite filming

Comedian Brian Smith aka Da Wildcast hopes to use laughter as a means to reach and teach. commercials, one for Tostitos, another alongside Brian Urlacher, Smith admits that parenting is the most rewarding job of all. “As parents, we look at why we can’t do things, but our kids should be the reason why we do things.” He’s Da Wildcat to his fans, but simply dad to his kids. Smith is teaching them through laughter, with wisdom, and by example. “We have to tell our children to follow their dreams early. We also need to tell them that if you work for yourself, you’ll always have a job.” Despite other jobs he’s done on his way to success, Da Wildcat always found his way back to comedy. And we’re so glad he’s here.  We’ll be watching, laughing, and applauding. Parent 2 Parent 7

Hidden Figures,

A Lesson in History BY P2P STAFF


hey’re not hidden anymore. The word is out. And the movie is a blockbuster hit. The critically-acclaimed film, Hidden Figures, has given the world a new version of NASA’s history, one that includes three brilliant African-American women at the helm of space exploration, including the successful launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The CPS Office of Leadership and Learning, in conjunction with Parent University, hosted a free screening of Hidden Figures, followed by a STEM discussion and workshop. Thyatiria Towns, Campus Manager at Parent University’s Pullman Campus, organized the event and escorted parents through each facet of the afternoon. The goal of this opportunity was to engage parents and the community on the importance of civic engagement and social learning. “It was such an educational experience,” Towns says. “It’s about bringing resources to the community and expecting results.” The movie stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughn, and Janelle Monae as Mary Jackson. Kevin Costner appears as Al Harrison, Johnson’s boss. Hidden Figures weaves the intricate, and yet untold tale of three incredible thinkers who were instrumental in the success of the ongoing operations at NASA. But despite their incredible capacity to analyze data in record time, above and beyond their White male counterparts, they continued to be limited because they were Black. Johnson, who was able to solve complex book-length analysis in record time, was still 8 Parent 2 Parent

unable to use the “Whites Only” restroom near her office, forcing her to walk nearly a mile to the “Black” bathroom across campus. Kevin Costner’s character later demolishes the “White Only” restroom sign, and in doing so, symbolically removes a measure of division, introducing a measure of acceptance. Anne Hornady, of The Washington Post, wrote of the film, “Far from a dry scientific tutorial or historical treatise, Hidden Figures is a warm, lively, often funny depiction of women whose brains and work ethic were indefatigable.” One hundred and forty-five CPS parents attended the screening at Studio Movie Grill. By providing this opportunity to inform parents and community members about the importance of civic engagement and social awareness, the hope is that the event will help bridge the gap between schools and home.

One hundred and forty-five CPS Parents attending the screening of Hidden Figures

Artistry in Education,



nvision a large, gray, blank canvas. A wall, now the ground, and a smooth street surface, a playground perhaps. Now, enter Andrew Carnegie Elementary School Art Instructor Richard Filus. His goal is not merely to teach, but to inspire. When he sees a blank canvas, he asks, “How can I bring beauty to it?” Filus’ students are learning to express themselves creatively. They are learning to sketch, build, paint, draw, develop the practice of generating a concept, and following it through to creation. Under Filus, students are creating something extraordinarily rich and powerful, something that they, and their art teacher, are proud of, and for good reason.

“THE ARTISTIC VALUE OF EDUCATION IS PRICELESS,” HE SAYS. “AND THERE IS BEAUTY IN EVERYTHING.” P2P had the pleasure of speaking with Filus who educates through art using color, theme and motion. With so much coverage centered on violence and doom, it’s important to focus on what we overlook, the beauty that is all around and within us. As you approach the Carnegie campus, you’ll notice the amazing color-drenched murals on the

walkway, proudly featuring the school’s mascot. You’ll notice a large concrete space adjacent to the school, now painted like a football field. Inside, there are beautification walls in the gym, and pictures, large and small, on the walls and hallways. “The skills they learn in art, they’ll use for the rest of their lives,” Filus adds. He is referring to the ability to analyze, plan, color, implement, and carry out a concept from blueprint to fruition. As a child growing up in Oak Lawn, Filus realized at the age of 4 or 5-years-old, that he had a special gift. Now, he uses his mastery of this gift to inspire students to release their creative talent. Filus sets high standards and high expectations for his students, often teaching them on a high school and college level. On a weekly basis, his students may work on a range of projects such as fashion design, automobile design, abstract art, and graphic design. “Perfection is reflected in their hearts,” he says. They have the ability to create and complete their projects with joy and pride. His advice to aspiring artists? “Challenge conformity, but always back it up with reasoning.” For more information, visit Parent 2 Parent 9


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Foster Care



oster Care, in particular, is a growing part of the parenting landscape offering support to the children who need it most. May is National Appreciation Month for Foster Care and P2P is interviewing Miriam C. Valencia, Foster Case Worker for 8 years and currently Licensing Representative for 2 years with Lutheran Child and Family Services, to get an inside look at the system. P2P: What’s most important to know about the foster care system as we know it today? Mariam C. Valencia: All foster children want to be loved. They want to belong and be supported by a family. Having love for these children enables them to settle down and helps them to overcome trauma in their lives and many times, broken family situations. P2P: Would you describe our Foster Care System in Illinois as flawed or overburdened? MCV: I think it’s a little bit of both. Historically, Illinois holds cases longer than any other state in the U.S. The average case may go from three to four years. Add to that, the number of cases, not enough caseworkers, and high caseworker turnover. For example, one case can have anywhere from 5-10 caseworkers throughout the foster child’s 2-3 years in the system.

for relatives that the child knows as an alternative setting. We may look to grandparents, uncles or cousins who are available and willing to take care of the child. Every child deserves a loving home and family. P2P: How many children are there currently in foster care in Illinois and nationally? MCV: The Illinois Abuse/Neglect Hotline receives over 500 calls per day. In Illinois 1,500 to 1,198 children are in foster care. There are 365 children in Lutheran Child and Family Services, and nationally, 670,000 children in the foster care system.

“Although everyone cannot become a foster parent, everyone can help a foster child,” Valencia said. If you’d like to help, consider volunteering, donating, or attending events that P2P: What happens when the child is not support the foster care system in your area. To comfortable in the foster care home? learn more about foster care, attend a monthly MCV: A child’s safety and comfort is orientation meeting at Lutheran Child and Family paramount, so we investigate the reason the child Services, located at 7601 S. Kostner Avenue is not comfortable in the home. Then, we may look Chicago. 12 Parent 2 Parent

Excellence in Education,



ducation extends well beyond the lesson plan for the day. It requires trust, understanding and a relationship that supports the outcomes we seek. P2P had the opportunity to interview Mrs. Catherine Hegwood, International Baccalaureate and Gifted Coordinator at Andrew Carnegie Elementary School. Her commitment to educational excellence and her desire to see her students succeed, come together to create a powerful system that supports students, in and out of the classroom. Mrs. Hegwood has been an educator since January 1997. Her educational career began as a special needs teacher. Through the years she has served in the capacity of the Career Day Coordinator, eighth Grade Coordinator and Gifted Program Coordinator. Mrs. Hegwood’s mentoring roots began in church. Excellence is reflected in her style of “teaching the whole child.” Her philosophy is, “you don’t throw a child away.” Her educational philosophy also includes the following standards: •You meet students where they are and take them where they need to grow. •Get to know each student as an individual. •Allow students to ask questions until they truly understand the subject. •Don’t judge, be honest with students. •Children should be exposed to culture and given the opportunity to explore new and wonderful things in and out of class. •Teachers must connect with their students and build a special relationship with their students

early on; as opposed to having a sense of negativity. •Teachers should want to develop an urgency for learning in the classroom. “It is so very vital that teachers reach their students,” Hegwood says. Her teacher-student philosophy also includes guidelines to maximize that relationship. To students, she advises: •Don’t be a follower, be an individual and a leader. •Challenge what’s inside you and ask for help when and if needed. To teachers, she encourages: •You must know that you are making a difference in someone’s life. •Make yourself available. •Enjoy your profession. “I was fortunate enough to have, over the years, many great students,” Hegwood says. “When it comes to teaching, you must remember that you are dealing with the whole problem and the whole child -- mentally, spiritually, emotionally, as well as academically.” Parent 2 Parent 13





ur children are our greatest joy and our greatest responsibility. P2P Spoke with Karina Gil, Education, Outreach & Prevention Specialist with Chicago Children's Advocacy. Since opening their doors in 2001, Chicago Advocacy Center has served more than 30,000 children and families. We asked Ms. Gil how to deal with assault when it hits home: P2P: What advice do you give parents when a child has been assaulted or sexually abused? Karina Gil: Believe the child. Respond with compassion and remain calm. Listen carefully and avoid any comments that imply blame (for example, asking why they didn’t tell sooner). Healing from abuse is possible and children are often resilient. Therapy can also be an important part of the healing process. P2P: How does that advice change based on the age of the child? KG: It doesn’t. Children rarely lie about abuse. Our teams provide family advocacy, forensic interviews and mental health therapy. Of the nearly 1,900 cases of child sexual abuse we saw last year, 27 percent of the children were newborn to 6, and 40 percent of the children were ages 7 to 12. P2P: What are some indicators of assault/sexual abuse? KG: Often, children do not tell us with words, but they tell us through their behaviors. Some behavioral indicators might be: a child who displays sophisticated or unusual sexual knowledge, mimics adult-like sexual behavior 14 Parent 2 Parent

or asks other children to behave sexually or to engage in sexual games. Other indicators may include: if a child resists removing their clothes for bathing, diapering or at bedtime. In adolescents, signs may include depression, anxiety, aggression, inadequate personal hygiene, running away from home, compulsive eating, dieting, drug abuse or alcohol. P2P: Who do children typically confide in when assault occurs? KG: School-aged children tend to tell a caregiver, adolescents are more likely to tell friends, and very young children tend to accidentally reveal abuse (through play or art). “All children are vulnerable to sexual abuse,” Gil says. “Child sexual abuse happens in every community, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or religion.” In the United States, 1 in 7 girls and 1 in 25 boys are sexually abused before turning 18. Call the 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at 800-25-ABUSE (800-252-2873 or TTY 1-800358-5117) if you suspect that a child has been harmed or is at risk of being harmed by abuse or neglect.


Building Self-esteem



olunteering in any classroom setting raises your awareness of two types of students: 1. the enthusiastic student eager to participate and 2. the reluctant student less likely to participate. The enthusiastic student exemplifies a positive sense of self, and the other, a lack of confidence in self. According to Mike Haley, Program Director of Rezilient Kidz, “How positive a student feels about him/herself begins with the student’s parents, culture and the environment in which they reside.” P2P asked the following questions during an interview with Haley about purpose and building self-esteem in students: P2P: How can knowing your purpose impact students’ self-esteem? Mike Haley: Knowing your purpose helps students feel better about themselves and the environment in which they live. When they know their purpose, it helps boost their self-esteem. When you know your purpose, you’re going to strive for that. Understanding what that purpose is gives us goals, desire and motivation. Those things are often missing in kids’ lives because they go through life on an unmanaged basis, which can be a vicious cycle. If that is the cycle that kids find themselves in, then what purpose is that? P2P: Why is it important for students to feel good about who they are? MH: Feeling good about one’s self is the only thing that is going to carry you. Feeling good about your family and cultural heritages gives students a sense of purpose and hope. Also,

finding out what the child is interested in and strengthening that skill, makes the child feel adequate, and let’s them know that their values matter. P2P: What indicators do students with low self-esteem exhibit? MH: Children with low self-esteem have little motivation, do not care for others, show some signs of depression, are very tired, do not feel good about themselves, and in some cases, are overachievers. According to Haley, parents must find their child’s interests and cultivate them, and provide an environment that helps prepare them for life. “How can children feel good about themselves when the environment around them does not cherish and support them as children?” If parents and the environment are nurturing, youth will learn their purpose and seek to accomplish it. Parent 2 Parent 15


Val Warner



f you tune into ABC 7’s “Windy City Live” weekdays at 1:00 p.m., you know Val Warner, the edgy and vibrant co-host to Ryan Chiaverini, alongside contributor Ji Suk Yi. Prior to joining “Windy City Live,” Warner was anchor/traffic reporter for WGN-TV’s morning news. While she is a respected journalist and talk show host, her commitment to her two children, Zoe and Max, comes first. P2P: How do you balance the demanding schedule of being a mother and co-host of a daytime talk show? Val Warner: Day by day. I use my time efficiently and effectively. I get things done while the kids are at school. I am always thinking about what can I do to keep multi-tasking so I can spend time with my kids. P2P: Why is it important to you to focus on your role as a mother first? VW: Because at the end of the day, the career is going to go away and I’m only going to have my family. My family is priceless. I need them, they need me and that is why we are there for each other. 16 Parent 2 Parent

P2P: What message are you sending to your children by prioritizing them first? VW: I am sending a message that they are important, loved and are the center of my life. Time management is really important. Don’t waste your time. Manage it.

P2P: How did transitioning from anchor/ traffic reporter to talk show co-host impact your family-first focus; positively or negatively? VW: Positively, because this job allows me to pick up my kids and take them to school. [On the other hand] because I have more outside things to do. You have events. People want your time. P2P: What advice would you give to a mother who is aspiring to become a journalist? VW: If possible, get an internship. Look for opportunities to attend workshops, seminars and talks where people in your desired profession will be. It’s going to take a lot more work because you have the responsibility of being a mother first before getting into a demanding business. But if it’s your true passion, then you let nothing get in the way.

P2P: How has media changed for women since you began your career as a journalist? VW: There are more opportunities. Our voices are being heard and respected. More women are leading their own shows. We matter, we have opinions. Especially as mothers, you have experiences that you would not have otherwise that teach you how to interact in the real world. P2P: Why did you switch from anchoring/ traffic reporting to co-hosting a talk show? VW: I did not seek this out. I thought I was going to be an anchor until I retired. But somebody always has a better plan and that would be the good Lord above. They called for this job and asked me to audition for it. It wasn’t a switch I looked for, but it was an opportunity I wanted to try. Warner, a native of Los Angeles, is living life with no regrets and loving it. When asked about changing careers, she says she “would rather be a gambler and take risks than have regrets.” Warner makes sure to prioritize her children. She is also a member of National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Just as Warner is managing motherhood and her career, so can you.

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Wealth Matters,

Get Yours! THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF Financial Literacy BY P2P STAFF


ife is about more than just making money. It’s about wealth, education, and sustained growth. P2P spoke with Gregg Brown, president and CEO of The South Side Community Development Credit Union. With 33 years in financial services, and nominated by WBEZ as one of 15 Global Visionaries, Brown shares how to get a slice of the American pie: P2P: How can parents teach their children about financial literacy? Gregg Brown: Financial literacy starts at home. Before there is a conversation about money, there should be a conversation about 18 Parent 2 Parent

value. Money is a tool to provide for our basic needs, to afford a particular lifestyle. Parents have to be honest about what they don’t know. We offer a free 8-week financial literacy class every Saturday, covering banking, money management, building your credit, investing in the future, and home ownership. P2P: Why don’t more parents include this in their daily parenting? GB: In many cases, we haven’t been taught. You get what is passed down. Education and assets are passed with wealth. So, we have to become educated, beginning with saving more, spending less, and investing in our communities.

in one-on-one counseling. It’s wonderful to see parents open a kid’s first savings account with as little as $5. P2P: How can younger kids get involved? GB: We recently piloted a youth credit union, The Money Locker, at Gary Comer College Prep. Students make deposits, set up checking and savings account. They have direct ownership over their assets while learning financial literacy.

P2P: What can students do to practice financial planning? GB: Every financial transaction ought to be transformational to improve your quality of life. Wealth creation begins with the individual, then community, then globally. P2P: How can families work together to build wealth?   GB: Reinforce the value of not overspending and P2P: How does banking within our not spending money unnecessarily. Set goals. communities help build wealth? Save based on what you’ve got. It doesn’t have to be a lot. GB: Keeping your money within the community provides resources to help small businesses, build P2P: How can our communities become wealth, and create jobs. Often, we’re not taught stronger economically? the value of uniting our dollars at the community GB: Respect, integrity, love and appreciation are level. the intangibles that set a collaborative climate within our communities. We encourage people to come back and invest in those communities from where they’re from. P2P: What do you love most about what you do? GB: Teaching financial literacy, providing access to home and small business loans, savings accounts, and increasing our families’ assets. We helped 1,000 families save their homes, 3,800 in our financial literacy program, and 2,800

P2P: Why is the credit union a great option? GB: We’re financial cooperatives. The more the credit union grows, the more people are helped. As a member, you’re part owner. You own a share. We help members improve credit, save money and purchase assets. Wealth begins with you, one dollar at a time. For more information, visit Parent 2 Parent 19

Who Run the World? GIRLS!



n January 21, 2017, millions of women around the world marched in the name of solidarity to support the Women’s March on Washington. Women stood side-by-side in support of Women’s rights, immigration rights, healthcare, LGBTQ rights, racial equality, freedom of religion, workers’ rights and climate change, among others things -- many of those issues now on the line with a new administration in Washington. According to USA Today, an estimated 900,000 gathered in Washington, where Obama’s first inauguration in 2009 still holds the record for the largest event in the nation’s capitol. P2P interviewed Lorie S. Masters, a DC-based lawyer and women’s rights advocate who attended the Women’s March. P2P: What did you see? Lorie S. Masters: I saw friendly people peacefully demonstrating in support of their views of the ideas for America. There was no unrest. All of the individuals I came across, from all over the country, were happy and jubilant to be there and to express their views in support of an inclusive and welcoming America. P2P: Why was it important to be there? LSM: Our group, Women Lawyers En Garde!, is working to build a nationwide network of women and other lawyers who want to support 20 Parent 2 Parent

progressive ideals on women’s rights and healthcare, immigrants rights and First Amendment issues. We believed [it was] important to have a presence at the march and to march together under our banner. P2P: What did it prove? LSM: The Women’s March demonstrated the power that one person’s commitment to an organization can have. It also showed a new enthusiasm for supporting women’s rights, diversity, and welcoming America into a new world. P2P: Why should women continue to march? LSM: It is important to remember the ideals of our founders, enshrined in our Bill of Rights and specifically freedom of speech and freedom to peaceably assemble. We have to work to try to overcome the stereotypes that can limit the horizons of women and people of color in all professions. In order for us to succeed as a country, and as a society, we need to take advantage of all the talents of all people. It is that diversity which made America great and will continue to advance our economy and open new opportunities. I charge women to now huddle, gather your community and continue to plan what’s next.


Where You At? Loose or Bound? Step by Step Tear by Tear GRACE BY GRACE!! Make a DECISION Force your hand FALL, FAIL, FOLD These are not OPTIONS Where are you? Loose or Bound? Cry? Can’t give up This Child These children These people need me! Hurt! Pain! Lonely? Single! No Love? Grief? GRACE!! So… grow, get up, wake up, clean up, step up, Look up - Pray up! Smile!! Single parent You have the power Get the support your heart needs To be you For you Be you parent

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Raising Highly



fter birth, you are fully responsible for nurturing your child to become a healthy, productive adult. You were not given a manual on how or what to do, but you had to quickly become experts in a field you knew nothing about---“parenting”. You learned parenting would be the hardest job you would ever do. But thanks to “Raising Highly Capable Kids” there is help. This program does not solve all of your parental needs, but it does provide parents with quality building blocks that will help build strong foundations in the lives of their children. The non-profit educational organization Rezilient Kidz, offers an hour-long 13-week course titled “Raising Highly Capable Kids.” The course focuses on the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets, the positive building blocks, that if present in the lives of children, will help them become healthy, caring and responsible. While each session is led by a facilitator who uses a five-step method and slide presentation to introduce the assets, the lead often shifts to parents who open up and begin sharing experiences, diverse parenting styles and valuable support. The sessions are spirited! And the camaraderie, wealth of knowledge gleaned and friendships formed are priceless! 24 Parent 2 Parent

“Three Thumbs Up was my favorite asset and touched me the most because I took for granted that my kids knew how I felt about their high performance. I learned I needed to work on motivating and speaking positively to my kids. The class influenced me to listen to what my kids are saying, their concerns and become more patient.” ~ Stephanie Sall “My favorite asset was [Time management]. That tip helped me to prioritize better and to become more conscious about being on time. Not just making it in the nick of time, but being on time.” ~ Darlette M. Willis All parents should create an environment that raises highly capable kids. It is in this environment that kids develop purpose and grow to become healthy, caring and responsible. The parents above are tapping into the assets and “Raising Highly Capable Kids,” you can too! Mike Haley is the Program Director of Rezilient Kidz. For more information or to learn how your child’s school can get involved, visit www., call 1-855-REZ-KIDZ, or email at

O Say Can You See,

Chicago Teacher Sings National Anthem BY P2P STAFF


erald Chaney, teacher by day at Young Women's Leadership Charter School of Chicago, is a national anthemist singer, bringing his blend of jazz, classical and gospel, to fans worldwide. P2P asked Chaney about his life’s melody:

Performing Arts teacher. I see our anthem as a narrative. The quiz is applying it to our lives.

P2P: What do you feel when you're singing?

P2P: How do your students learn from this? GC: They connect the anthem to history lessons. They study genres that voice represents. We study speaking/performing for live audiences.

P2P: How do you prepare? GC: I get a venue photo and visualize myself there. I hum our anthem or "God Bless America" in different keys. I get to know the sound technicians. We have 90 seconds to deliver.

P2P: Your thoughts about protesting by not standing for the anthem? GC: It takes courage and a strong sense of belief to express yourself in front of thousands.

Gerald Chaney: Humility and purpose, because I’ve been chosen to sing a story that connects to people's life stories.

P2P: How does singing compare to teaching? GC: I am an English, History, and Drama and

Chaney credits his late father and brother as inspiration. He’s performed for the NY Knicks, L.A. Lakers, Cincinnati Reds and Bengals.

Freshman Year


For Parents & Students BY P2P STAFF


ou knew the day was coming. Your student is off to college. As much as it is a change for students, it is an enormous change for parents. But there’s help. Marcus Harris, a freshman journalism major at Eastern Illinois University, is not only surviving, but thriving. In between classes, he spoke with P2P about the change and the challenges of freshman year: P2P: What have you been surprised to learn during your freshman year? Marcus Harris: That things had to be done much differently than when I was in high school. More responsibility, more independence, more doing things on my own. P2P: What’s it been like being separated from your parents? MH: Surprisingly, I adjusted rather nicely. Although I do miss them a lot of the time, I stay in touch via text, phone call, and FaceTime. P2P: How are your parents dealing with your absence? MH: They’ve adjusted quicker than I thought, but we keep in touch and often. P2P: What has been the most challenging part of freshman year? MH: Classes are without a doubt harder and more challenging than previous courses I have taken. However, this was expected. I had to adjust to the fast-paced classes. 26 Parent 2 Parent

P2P: How did True Star prepare you for your journalism curriculum? MH: By ensuring that I knew the do’s and don’ts of being a good writer. I credit Ms. Foston, True Star Journalism Instructor, for making sure that I was prepared for the next level. P2P: How did you decide on journalism as a major? MH: I chose journalism because I have always enjoyed writing. Whether creating stories or just writing papers for English, I always found myself becoming wrapped up in the world of writing. P2P: What advice do you give to incoming freshman? MH: Learn to prioritize. Learn to work first and play later. I also learned that you should NEVER do homework in your room because there will be plenty of distractions. Always find time to go to the library to get things done. For Harris, success is not just about the classroom, but balance between school, family and the adjustments of being away. As a freshman, he has found a way to navigate the new terrain in a way that works for him and his parents. For tips on how to prepare for freshman year, visit

Striking Gold


Two-Generation Initiative BY P2P STAFF


hicago just struck gold, as in AG-GOLD. Chicago’s Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation helps families bridge the gap between potential and opportunity. It’s twogeneration model provides: 1) workforce development for parents 2) maximum educational outcomes for students and 3) medical, dental and vision health for students. Over the past nine years, AG-GOLD has served nearly 10,000 South Side families. “We’re investing in our children and adults,” says Tenisha Jones, director of the program. P2P spoke with Jones about the program, possibilities and striking gold on the South Side. P2P: What does the workforce development model look like? Tenisha Jones: Parents complete an orientation and pass the basic skills test. They go through the CVS customer service training module and a four-week apprenticeship. If completed successfully, they are normally offered a full or part-time position with CVS. P2P: Where did the idea come from? TJ: We collect a lot of data to understand how to better engage. We knew we needed to help parents become stable and interrupt the cycle of poverty. We knew we needed to make services available to parents at the school. The idea is similar to Parent University. [In our program] we wanted to also provide working salaries for parents. P2P: What has been the parent’s response?

TJ: A lot of our parents haven’t worked in years. Many of them are very happy and very proud of what they’re doing. That’s what our model is all about. Merging the two [supports for students with supports for parents] is a powerful way to sustain the movement and progress. P2P: What’s the best part of what you do? TJ: I’m at the helm of bringing a myriad of partners together to buy into a bigger vision to help families thrive. That’s what makes the model unique. To see the model working to support kids is pretty amazing. The Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation is supported by: CPS, Network 11; Five Principals, The University of Illinois Ocean HP, Illinois State University Chicago Teacher Pipeline, Neighborhood Housing, CVS Health, WK Kellogg Foundation, The McCormick Foundation, The United Way Chicago, Children’s Literacy Initiative, St. Sabina Employment Resource Center. The five elementary schools serving the AG-GOLD community include: Oglesby, Westcott, Clara Barton, Scott Joplin and Cook Elementary. Parent 2 Parent 27


Caps Program BRINGS



ll too often we see young men and women walking the streets. Unemployment is at an all time high for our youth ages 16-24 years old. They may have dropped out of school, encountered problems with the law, or simply don’t know what to do in order to get to the next level of life. Parents are frustrated and youth are frustrated as well. But there are solutions offered through The Community Youth Employment Program, a job readiness program for youth 18-24 years old. Cameron Clark, Director for the program, understands how to reach teens and young adults who may or may not be at risk. He has the ability to connect and transform as measured by his success rate, and the number of students who are now seeking his help. “I love to see individuals go from where they are to where they want to be,” Clark says. Clark says that the individual must do his or her part by first coming into the agency and taking the necessary steps to complete registration. Placement into the program is on a first-come, first-served basis and includes the following requirements:

• 18-24 years old • Reside in a low or no income household • U.S. Birth Certificate • Valid I.D. card • Valid Social Security Card • Completion of the 12-week session 28 Parent 2 Parent

Left: James Lee Bowen Right: Cameron Clark The program also offers several incentives including paid training, job placement and transportation coverage. Nineteen-year-old James Lee Bowen considers Clark his mentor. Bowen successfully completed the program in 2016. “He told me to follow my dreams and to be realistic,” he says of Clark’s guidance. Bowen is currently employed full-time and attending Harold Washington College to obtain his associate degree in business administration. Bowen is focused, prepared and ready for the future. His next stop? To become a successful real estate developer by his 25th birthday. For more information, contact Cameron Clark at 773-846-6383 or visit The Community Youth Employment Program at 8455 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, Ill.




tarting your own business can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime. Entrepreneurship is not merely an idea; it can become your reality if you arm yourself with the knowledge it takes to succeed. P2P interviewed Art Norins, a noted business developer based out of California. We spoke to him during a business conference in Chicago to get his take on how to turn your ideas into action. P2P: What’s most important to remember when starting a business? Art Norins: It is so critical to follow your passion. Building a business is like running numerous marathons. You have to be passionate because if you are not, you will burn out. This passion does not guarantee long term success, but it enhances the probability of success. Typically the things you really care about and love, you don’t let fail. When you love something, there is a will. And when there is a will, there is a way. P2P: What do most entrepreneurs overlook or underestimate? AN: The amount of work, learning, the setbacks, and failures. The mountain is HUGE, but the journey is AMAZING. You don’t grow and learn without pain. P2P: What is the No. 1 key to success? AN: Never give up. If you truly LOVE something, you never give up. This goes hand in hand with faith. The only way you fail is by not trying.

P2P: What advice do you give to those who are struggling to find their way in a sea of choices? AN: Find mentors that have started businesses. They not only can share advice, they have already gone through this journey so they can empathize with you on the major challenges you’ll face. Mentors are important, not only in business, but all aspects of life. P2P: In what sectors do you anticipate the most opportunities for entrepreneurs? AN: We need entrepreneurs in areas where citizens of planet earth need the most help including: access to education, health related areas, clean energy and alternative fuels, neuroscience, mental health, early childhood development, access to healthy/affordable food and affordable housing, among other ventures. Starting your own business doesn’t have to be a dream. Take the time to find your passion, connect with mentors, and start planning a future where you are your own boss. For more information, visit or Parent 2 Parent 29

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April Events April 7: School Improvement Day- No school April 10-14: Spring Break April 26: School Board Meeting

May Events May 22: All-City Performing Arts Program Spring Showcase at the Harris Theater May 24: School Board Meeting May 29: Memorial Day- No school

June Events June 28: School Board Meeting

July Events July 26: School Board Meeting

August Events August 23: School Board Meeting

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