“The Taste of POWER-PAC Illinois”: Cross-Cultural Parent-to-Parent Tour of Chicago Neighborhoods

Parent leaders of POWER-PAC Illinois’ Governing Council came to Chicago for the “Taste of POWER-PAC”.

Parent leaders from Aurora, Chicago, Elgin and East St. Louis hopped on a school bus to tour Chicago communities, taste the cuisine, and learn about Chicago parents’ victories. They met other POWER-PAC parents at each of the four Chicago branches of POWER-PAC.

The group visited the West Side Branch at Melody Elementary School in West Garfield Park to learn about the Parent Peace Center model and hear about the school’s community model and enjoy some soul food.

They toured Nixon Elementary School’s new playground with the Northwest Side Branch. Parent leaders at Nixon advocated for three years to have a playground built, and this summer their dream became a reality.

The Southwest Side Branch shared their story of success—the installation of a new Stop sign at a dangerous intersection in Little Village – and served tamales.

And finally, the Southside Branch toured the library of a new early intervention screening site for families in the Englewood Community.

Thank you to all of the parents from across the state who came to connect and share stories.