The Save Haven program offers after-school hours at 27 sites throughout the City of Chicago through May 20, 2011, according to a press statement by Mayor Daley on January 6, 20100. Mayor Richard M. Daley today encouraged parents to enroll their children in the thousands of after school activities available in winter through the City, its sister agencies, After School Matters and the Chicago Public Schools.
“We all want our young people to stay safe from violence, stay away from a life of violence and achieve their full potential in life. And among the most important things we can do to help are to give them the best education possible and give them plenty of positive activities after school,” the Mayor said in a news conference held at St. Mark International Christian Church, 832 N. LeClaire Av.
At the news conference, the Mayor and CPS officials announced the expansion of its successful Safe Haven program to after-school hours at 27 sites throughout the city, including St. Mark. The expanded program, modeled after the Safe Haven activities CPS has operated in partnership with faith and community organizations during recent school holidays and vacations, began this week and will operate through May 20.
About 1,000 children from kindergarten through 12th grade are expected to be served in the after-school Safe Haven program, which carries the citywide theme of “Stop the Violence, Stop the Silence.”
The after school activities include athletic programs, After School Matters, recreation and reading/story programs. Programming also includess workshops on conflict resolution, communication skills, character development, anger management, group discussions, practical exercises and arts and crafts. Family involvement is encouraged, in an atmosphere designed for positive interaction.
The “Safe Haven” program is offered Monday through Friday, from 3-6 p.m. Each participant is provided with a free snack and dinner courtesy of Catholic Charities.
Information regarding all winter after school activities is available at www.afterschoolchicago.org.
Churches and organizations participating in the “Safe Haven” program are:
Alliance for Community Peace, 509 W. Elm St.
Bethlehem Star M.B. Church, 9231 S. Cottage Grove Av.
Christ Centered Ministries, 1533 S. Drake Av.
Come Alive Ministries, 2206 E. 73rd St.
Corinthian Temple, 4520 W. Washington Blvd.
Gospel Truth Life Changing Ministries, 4118 W. Division St.
Grace and Peace, 2100 N. Kildare Av.
Greater St. John, 1246 N. Waller Av.
Inglesia Cristiana Manatial, 4300 S. California Av.
Liberation Christian Center, 6801 S. Ashland Av.
Mt. Ebenezer, 3555 W. Huron St.
New Birth Christian Center, 5335 W. LeMoyne St.
New Canaan Land, 5957 S. Peoria St.
New Dimensions, 4300 S. California Av.
New Landmark, 2700 W. Wilcox St.
New Life Covenant, 2704 W. North Av.
New Life Pilsen, 2512 S. Oakley Av.
New Memorial, 6844 S. Indiana Av.
New Spiritual Light, 7266 S. South Shore Drive
Promise Center, 13560 S. Indiana Av.
Sheldon Heights Church of Christ, 11355 S. Halsted St.
Sr. Mark International Church, 832 N. LeClaire Av.
Sweet Holy Spirit, 8621 S. South Chicago Av.
Trinity All Nations, 9600 S. Vincennes Av.
Truth and Life, 4146 W. Chicago Av.
True Light Church, 7302 S. Maryland Av.
West Point Baptist Church, 3566 S. Cottage Grove Av.
Additional information about after-school Safe Haven is available on www.cps.edu or by calling the CPS Interfaith Office, 773-553-1528