Frida Kahlo Community Organization (FKCO) offers workshops and seminars that allow parents and guardians to better support their children in their academic, social, and personal development.
FKCO offers numerous trainings in education, personal development and that address the numerous social issues that families face such as domestic violence, gang involvement, and bullying.
Education promotes the development of our abilities so they can be applied in daily life. It is important that we further develop our educational skills because they open doors to better employment opportunities, improve our quality of life, enable us to strive for excellence, and create opportunities to become involved in matters that concern our community, state, country, and the world in general. Education enables us to help others in need, to look beyond ourselves through service, to look to others so we can improve as human beings and contribute to the education of new generations.
English as a Second Language
In our effort to transition parents into the mainstream, the FKCO offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. The current courses are divided into two levels. The courses run two and a half hours per day, two days per week, and last for twelve weeks. Students who have advanced English skills receive referrals to community-based organizations (CBO) and the City Colleges of Chicago for advanced instruction.
Instructors use a variety of techniques, lessons, and activities, to engage and prepare parents to communicate in English in everyday situations.
Because many parents lack the necessary literacy skills to begin an ESL class, the FKCO provides parents with a Spanish Literacy class where they can learn or refresh their grammar and writing in their native language. Classes are offered two hours per day, two days per week, for a minimum period of twelve weeks. The goal of the class is to prepare parents to transition into an ESL class and to prepare them for their GED exam in Spanish.
We all face obstacles in our daily lives, but how we face and choose to overcome these obstacles are determined by our motivation, attitude and ability to meet those challenges. To face these challenges we need the self-esteem, self-control, consistency, strength, and enthusiasm that are developed in the first few years of life in the home. Educating families to better tackle their obstacles and enabling them to improve their self-esteem, self-control, and attitude will shape the way in which they educate their children and allow them to become healthy and successful members of their communities. Parents provide their children with the tools that they will need to overcome daily challenges and to achieve the goals they set for themselves in life. These trainings educate parents on ways to improve their attitude, how to change their outlook on life, and how to instill positive self-images in their children.
Modern society is faced with numerous social problems, including domestic violence, sexual abuse, stress and alcoholism, and immigration issues — to name a few. These problems not only affect the individuals involved, but also their entire families and communities. Families are filled with suffering because they lack the support they need to seek help. FKCO helps these families by providing education that allows families to identify these social issues and where to seek help from various community partners. If we educate our families today, we can prevent these problems from getting worse in the future. In fact, the suffering will decrease and the quality of life for families will improve.