This year, COFI launched a new outreach partnership with City Colleges of Chicago! In this pilot, parents are inviting and supporting adult learners to enroll in City Colleges to complete a degree or certificate program.
We had a blast celebrating our recent victory with State Senator Cristina H. Pacione-Zayas of funding Children’s Savings Accounts and making them more accessible and equitable to families statewide! Congratulations and thank you to COFI/POWER-PAC IL parents, partners, advocates, and legislative champions for your hard work throughout the years.
The Council for Professional Recognition recently featured COFI/POWER-PAC IL parents’ work in the Early Learning Campaign, interviewing parent leader Susana Salgado and policy organizer Jesse Rojo. Thank you to the Council for providing a great overview and sharing the importance of increasing access to high-quality early education programs for all families!
Recently, POWER-PAC IL parents and COFI organizers attended two powerful conferences. At the Midwest Asset Building Conference in St. Paul, Stepping Out of Poverty campaign leaders gathered with advocates, practitioners, and researchers to disrupt the racial wealth divide and help families build prosperity in the Midwest. A few weeks later, in Chicago, Elementary Justice Campaign leaders convened with other Restorative Justice practitioners from around the world at the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ) Conference in Chicago. They presented on their own parent-led Peace Centers in Chicago Public Schools.
Lastly, we want to share a handful of photos from last month’s Celebration of Hope picnic at Dan Ryan Woods – the best and biggest ever in COFI’s history! More than 250 family members from all over the state gathered together to reflect, eat, play, and dance – all despite the scorching hot weather. What an incredible way to wrap up a fantastic, victorious year!