Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
We would like to thank the Tuskegee Airmen, Chicago DoDo Chapter, for encouraging our youth to excel.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
7819 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60619
For Immediate Release Contact: Cammie Bridges
Chicago, IL (October 12, 2010) - The Corpus Christi Alumni Association and State Farm proudly present its annual Hales Franciscan High School Fundraiser featuring a Merri Dee Birthday Celebration.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
DuSable Museum – 740 E. 56th Place - Chicago
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Corpus Christi Alumni Association is a 501(c)3 organization formed to help support the predominately African American male High School (Hales Franciscan). Hales Franciscan High School is one of Chicago’s leading all-male preparatory high schools located on the Southside of Chicago. Nearly 100% of the African American Hales Franciscan High School male graduates are sought after by prestigious colleges and universities nationwide.
This will be an exceptional fundraiser/birthday event to include a reception, program, silent auction and concert by TreDiva (classical and operatic sopranos). The cost for this fundraiser is $50.00.
This is one way for us to highlight and support the bright, intelligent male youth in Chicago.
Thank you for supporting a quality education.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Stand Up To Violence
It's a sad thing, but Chicago weekends are a time for fear in some neighborhoods.
Hot weather sends people outdoors for grilling, patio parties and going to the beach. But it also brings out the worst in us. Last weekend, at least 29 people were shot in Chicago. The weekend before that, 54 were shot. Several victims died.
Chicago, as it heads into an extended weekend, grapples with how to respond. The City Council and the mayor are moving new gun regulations in response to the Supreme Court decision that undermined the city's long-standing ban on handguns. On the streets, people protest the violence and pray for peace.
Last weekend, some 3,000 Chicagoans organized a public prayer that spanned 10 blocks on 79th Street, from Dobson Avenue to the Dan Ryan Expressway. New Life Covenant Church officials put it together. Mayor Richard Daley joined them. It was an impressive and inspiring event. But then it was over. And the killings went on.
Police have a job to do. But so do the people. They need to do it week in and week out. It would have quite an impact if, this weekend, 3,000 people marched into the offices of community groups and signed up to mentor young people, who are often the perpetrators and the targets of violence.
Mentorship is a critical piece of many anti-violence initiatives, from the Roseland-based Kids Off the Block to the nationally known Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Adults who volunteer their time and knowledge to help kids make a world of difference. Case in point: mentoring was an enormous factor in the success of the first graduating class of the Urban Prep Academy for Young Men. Every graduate has been accepted to college.
Yet community activists tell us the spike in Chicago violence has not led to a spike in volunteers to fill much-needed mentoring positions.
Mentors are especially critical in the summer, when organized activities are few and far between for at-risk youths, said Phillip Jackson, founder and executive director of the Bronzeville-based Black Star Project. Anti-violence programs need many more volunteers than they have available.
"On any given Saturday or Friday night, you might see 2,000 or 3,000 people in the streets praying," Jackson said. "But where is the positive, direct action that could make a difference in our communities?
"We wish we had one volunteer to mentor each of the girls and boys in our program," Jackson said. "As it stands, we only have one volunteer for every 100 children. The little boys in particular need these male mentorship figures, and we can't currently meet that demand."
It is often difficult to find men willing to participate.
Whitney Young Dolphins Making a Difference, a budding mentorship and tutoring group started by Whitney Young High School alumni, has had some early success at this. Nine men and 11 women served as mentors for West Pullman Elementary School students this year. Leaders hope at least 150 men and women join by this time next year.
"We just started and we can do what we need to now," said Bronzeville attorney Keisha Hooks. "But already, the little boys line up early, just waiting for mentors. They know they need the help. They really do."
Of course, an entire army of volunteers, no matter how well-intentioned, can't circumvent all of the issues that contribute to community violence. Chicago needs jobs and better education and strong block organizations and public cooperation with the police.
You may not be able to turn around tomorrow and create a job or a school or stop a crime. But you can step up and help a child, be a mentor.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Double Duty Classic
The Chicago White Sox will host the 3rd annual Double Duty Classic June 30, 2010 - an event celebrating the history and tradition of Negro Leagues baseball in Chicago and promoting the next generation of inner-city baseball players. This summer marks the 77th anniversary of the first East-West All-Star Game, which was played at
Details for the Double Duty Classic:
- FREE Admission - Game Time 1:05 P.M.
- Complimentary Parking is Available in LOT B (North of
- Gates Open at 12:00 P.M.
- Live Music and Entertainment at Gate 5 Beginning at 11:30 A.M.
- For More Information, Please Call 312-674-1000
Thursday, May 27, 2010
and Scholarships Annual Golf Outing
Sponsored by the Hales Franciscan Alumni Association Thursday September 16, 2010
George Dunn Golf Course
16310 S. Central Ave
Oak Forest, IL 60452
Since it’s founding,
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
A Well-Rounded Man
A Man of Good Repute
Balanced in Words and Actions
Wise and Humble
Good Role Model
Unselfish and Generous
Not Addicted to Substances
Not Self-Centered and Controlling
Void of Anger that becomes Sinful
Sensitive, Loving and Kind
Non-argumentative and non-divisive
A Good Husband and Father
Pursues Godly Activities
Wise, Discerning, non-prejudiced and fair
Holy, devoted to God
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
1. email someone you know and encourage them to visit http://crnterforcommunitydevelopment.blogspot.com/
to read the blogs and see what we do.
2. encourage someone you know to make a donation.
3. make a donation of $10 or more to show your own support for the cause. Donations can be made on Facebook, or at http://www.cfcdevelopment.com/
Thank you to everyone who has helped as a volunteer, donors, or student member. If you do one or all of these steps, we'll triple the size of the group by Dec. 30, 2010, and we'll build more financial strength in the work we do.
Thank you all for your help. I wish you all a healthy, happy, 2010.
James E. Warren
Center for Community Development, NFP