Calendar of Events

In-School Student-Assisted Program Development Phase
This first phase has been well under way since December 2012. A group of Harlan student representatives --freshman, sophomores, and juniors-- of varying backgrounds have been meeting with the CARES team and will continue doing so through the end of the this semester. They have been our researchers and advisors, along with Harlan’s Principal Evans and teachers. All of their input has guided the creation of The Rising at Harlan program curriculum. Their thoughts, opinions and feedback will continue to guide how we work with the Chicago Park District and faith institutions to create summer programs for Harlan students and the next in-school phase of The Rising in the fall of 2013.

All-School Assemblies, Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Our first all-school gathering, presented under the theme, “You are our Champions. You are more than Able,” featured brilliant media personality Jeff Johnson, and master educator and author, Dr. Chandra Gill. They delivered messages of hope, resilience and inspiration to the school’s more than 1,000 students. Harlan Rising partners on both the local and national level were in attendance for the awe-inspiring event.

All-School Assemblies, Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
We will hold our year-end all- school assembly. The theme of the event is “Celebrate Your Success…Prepare for your Success.” The program will provide students with safety information and tips for making the most of their summer break. We will also be providing resources for students’ academic, personal, and professional development. Summer programs and job opportunities will be shared, along with suggestions for a day-to-day regimen designed for personal growth. If your faith or community institution offers programs for teens 14 and older—including rites of passage programs—please call Chair of Windy City CARES, La’Keisha Gray-Sewell at 312.600.5929 or e-mail her at

Mentor Training, June 21, 2013
All Hands on Deck! Please be sure to register by this date for our first training, which will be held in August. We need 100 able, stable adults to mentor students during the 2013-2014 school year. This is THE most important element of our program. Your support, to quote Dr. King, of our young people “will mean the difference between community and chaos.”

June 17th – July 26th, 2013
The Rising at Harlan will co-sponsor the “My Life Research and Action Program,” a summer program being directed by Dr. Cathy Cohen of the Black Youth Project and operating in partnership with the University of Chicago. The program will provide young people with skills, resources and support systems needed to help themselves and their peers make life-affirming choices and decisions about their futures.

The second official training of the Rising Mentors will be held mid-August. The date is forthcoming.

The National CARES Mentoring Movement is a community-engagement effort committed to closing the huge gap between the relatively few Black mentors and the many Black children in need of mentoring support. We recruit, train and deploy adults to serve as mentors in schools and youth-serving organizations that use the traditional one-to-one model; and we develop culturally grounded, evidence-based, group-mentoring programs so we will serve more of the multitudes of children in need of our mentoring support. Working through a growing national network of nearly 60 CARES Mentor-Recruitment Affiliates throughout the nation, National CARES has recruited more than 125,000 mentors who are serving more than 135,000 children.