Programs

CARES |  CASA |  Family Field Trips |  Project FIT |  Tecnológico de Monterrey


CARES (Community Arts Resources to Engage Students)

CARES was established in 2011 with the purpose of enriching students’ capacity to use the arts as a tool for community engagement, to make interdisciplinary connections and become active ‘makers.’ CARES seeks to encourage active citizenship through the arts, not only for arts sake but art for the sake of culture, family and community.

CARES has 3 objectives for the three Chicago Center sites:

  1. Increased student involvement in school and other activities;
  2. Increased student academic achievement;
  3. Increased social benefits and positive behavioral changes for the students.

CARES is an after-school student activities program created by Frida Kahlo Community Organization (FKCO) and its primary partners, the National Museum of Mexican Art and Sandoval Elementary School. CARES has two components:

After-school Programming
To address the pressing academic needs of students, CARES provides a rigorous three-hour after-school program four days a week for 30 weeks. The program focuses on undertaking artistic interdisciplinary inquiry projects (in visual arts, theather/drama, and other artistic disciplines) and supportive academic mentoring and tutoring.

Adult Education Programming
Frida Kahlo Community Organization provides ESL and technology, arts, college readiness, and parent leadership courses and workshops for families of participating students and community members at each site.

CARES provides services that support the academic and personal development of families through collaboration with other community agencies. In this way, CARES hopes to reach community members with the greatest needs for learning opportunities. CARES personnel participates in regular professional development for effective program implementation and collaborate with other federal and state sources, and community projects in working towards becoming self-sustaining.

CARES objective is to increase student academic performance and graduation rates, promote further development of parental literacy and involvement as supporters and advocates for their children’s learning.

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CASA (Community Arts Sustaining Academics)

CASA is an after-school student activities program created by Frida Kahlo Community Organization (FKCO) and its primary partners, the National Museum of Mexican Art and the Chicago Public Schools.

CASA has 3 objectives for the three Chicago Center sites:

  1. Increased student involvement in school and other activities;
  2. Increased student academic achievement;
  3. Increased social benefits and positive behavioral changes for the students.

CASA has two components:

After-school Academic Support Programming
To address the pressing academic needs of students (especially low achievement and high drop-out rates at the high school level), CASA will provide a rigorous and multi-dimensional three-hour after-school program four days a week for 120 students each project year for 30 weeks at three Centers, focused on undertaking artistic interdisciplinary inquiry projects (in theater, dance, music, and the visual world) and supportive academic mentoring. These Centers will provide substantial academic engagement and meaningful learning for students by building deep social and emotional bonds with peers and mentors within developmentally appropriate cohorts, with all learning connected to State Learning Standards in core subject areas.

Adult Education Programming
Adult Education Programming. To address family educational needs, Frida Kahlo Community Organization offers ESL, technology, arts, and parent leadership classes. The purpose of this program is to better support parental involvement in the academic, social, and personal development of their children.

CASA will work towards providing services benefiting families through collaboration with other community agencies. In this way, it hopes to serve children and community members with greatest needs for learning opportunities. CASA personnel will participate in regular professional development for effective program implementation and collaborate with other federal and state sources, and community projects in working towards becoming self-sustaining.

The programs desired outcomes for our community include increased student academic performance and graduation rates, further development of parental literacy and involvement as supporters and advocates for their children’s learning.

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Family Field Trips

FKCO funds field trips for families in order to introduce them to the culturally rich settings that our city has to offer. Families have the opportunities to visit museums, cultural centers and special events. Typically, families receive guided tours, information about the museums or centers, and educational information.

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Project FIT (Fitness Initiatives for Tomorrow)

FIT — Fitness Initiatives for Tomorrow

With the ultimate goal of creating healthier and well-rounded communities, Project FIT seeks to build and empower school and home environments that value education, culture, dance, nutrition & wellness. Through the collaboration of school leaders, teachers and families we hope to serve as a model of successful, active and healthier communities.

Project FIT is a physical education, health and nutrition program created and developed by Frida Kahlo Community Organization (FKCO) and its primary partners, the National Museum of Mexican Art and Cooper, Perez, Sandoval and Hurley elementary schools. Project FIT has three components:

  1. After School Student Activities Program;
  2. Teacher Professional Development (PD) Program;
  3. Parent Health, Nutrition and Physical Fitness Program

FKCO will partner with various community partners to provide monthly workshops to parents of student participants. Workshops will focus on sharing information, resources, and practices on health, nutrition, and effective physical activity. The goal of this component is to supplement the information received by students at the school level by and providing parents and families with the necessary knowledge to ensure a healthier lifestyle for families.

To further support this goal, Project FIT has included a teacher and parent PD/workshop program. These components will provide resources, information and activities that teachers and parents can use to support FIT’s overarching goal of creating healthy lifestyles for students and their families.

Project FIT was made possible by a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education via the Carol White Physical Education Program. FIT has two components:

After School Student Activities Program for 3rd through 5th Grade Students
The National Museum of Mexican Art will provide instructors to conduct after school folkloric, ballroom/modern dance, and/or sports instruction/programming. About 35-50 students from each school will be enrolled during each project year. Instruction will be provided four days a week, with a collective goal of 5 hours per week. This year’s program kicked off in October and will run through mid-June. In addition to dance instruction, students will also take part in hands-on health/nutrition activities.

Professional Development for Teachers
FKCO has partnered with physical education (PE), dance and health/nutrition consultants to provide PE and 3rd – 5th grade teachers with workshops on cutting edge PE practices, creative PE integration for regular classroom teachers, and a special session(s) on integrating dance within cross-content classroom projects. Workshops will take place monthly beginning in October and a full day session will also be provided in July or August.

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Tecnológico de Monterrey

In 2005 Frida Kahlo Community Organization (FKCO) partnered with the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, a prestigious Mexican university, to offer computer technology and webpage design courses in Spanish, through its Centros Comunitarios de Aprendizaje (Community Learning Center). FKCO wants to bridge the “Digital Divide” by offering technology courses to parents that they can use to improve their quality of life or simplify tasks. One of the greatest benefits of this program is that now children can look to their parents for support when using technology. Parents are trained to use Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the Internet.

FKCO offers introductory computer courses that give parents the basic knowledge required to effectively operate computer and various programs. The advanced courses teach parents how to use the more specialized features of each program. The courses are designed so that students can take the courses at their own pace, but an instructor is present to guide students.

The webpage design course is also allows students to take the course at their own pace. In this course, students learn the basic Internet concepts, things to consider before designing your webpage, what tools you need to create a webpage, and how to use Google sites to design your page.

Successful completion of the program is usually noted when the students can accurate utilize basic computer terminology; understand the basic functions of the operating system; utilize a word processing program to produce documents that contain both text and graphics; create data spreadsheets and apply mathematical functions and graphs; design presentations that include text, graphics, and animations; develop documents and incorporate information from other programs; can navigate the web effectively; and can use electronic mail (e-mail) to communicate and share information.

To date hundreds of individuals have completed courses through FKCO’s Centro Comunitario de Aprendizaje.

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