By Vickie Casanova Willis
AfriCaribbean ArtsConnections (formerly known as West Side Story AfriCaribbean Drums & Dance) is a cultural education After School Matters program incorporating dance, music, and textile art to help teens connect to their roots from the West Side of Chicago, throughout the city, to Africa, the Caribbean and beyond. Founder and Director Vickie Casanova Willis created this program nearly 10 years ago, to help teens discover the physical, emotional, and mental benefits of the arts in an apprenticeship program that provides dance and drumming experiences, global engagement, life skills, and training in various arts techniques of the African diaspora. Activities each semester include guest speakers, performances, and collaborative events within the community plus college connections.
The talented teen apprentices in this unique After School Matters program recently spent a day visiting the continents of Africa and South America without ever buying a passport or leaving Chicago! They did this all during a special Saturday field trip to one of their favorite annual events, the African Youth Forum hosted by the United African Organization (UAO) on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology, at 35th and State Street on the city’s South Side. Read more →
HACC WAIT LIST OPENING
The Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) will begin accepting pre-applications for the public housing wait list for (2) two (3) three (4) four and (5) bedroom units at the following Family Development:
Vera L. Yates
Ford Heights, IL 60411
Walking into UAO that first day and meeting everybody, I knew this internship was going to make this summer my best so far. Everyone was so nice and I felt really relaxed from the beginning which normally doesn’t happen much because I would usually take like a week or two to feel relaxed at a new place not to mention a new place in a different country.
Being my first internship, I wasn’t so sure what to do and how to go about doing some of the stuff but it was no bother because everyone made it all seem so easy and walked me through whatever I needed to do. I learned a lot of things ranging from data entry down to U.S. immigration law and it was wonderful. Read more →
Important Information for Some DACA Recipients Who Received Three-Year* Work Authorization: Fact Sheet
If you are a DACA recipient who received a three-year Employment Authorization Document (EAD) after February 16, 2015, it was likely mistakenly issued and must be returned.
Approximately 2,100 DACA recipients were issued three-year Employment Authorization Documents, rather than two-year EADs, afterthe February 16, 2015, court injunction was in place. USCIS has taken action to correct this issue for these individuals and has updated their records to reflect a two-year period of deferred action and employment authorization. USCIS has re-issued and mailed the corrected two-year EADs to these individuals. USCIS has also notified these individuals that the three-year EADs are no longer valid and must be immediately returned, along with any related approval notices. USCIS is carefully tracking the number of returns of these invalid EADs and continues to take steps to collect the remaining cards. Read more →