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Gingrich Library: Hip Hop Resource Guide: Community Resources
What are summer meals programs? Summer meals programs are a federal child nutrition programs funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and designed to provide kids and teens ages 18 and under healthy meals during the months of June, July, and August when school is out.
What are the requirements for my child or teen to receive a meal? Do I have to fill out an application form? There is no application necessary to receive a meal and you do not have to show proof of income. Kids and teens ages 18 and younger can just show up at a summer meal site during the site’s hours of operation.
Is there a cost? No. All summer meals offered through the USDA’s programs are FREE to all kids and teens ages 18 and younger.
How do I find a Summer Meal site in my community? Summer meals sites are in the community at safe, supervised places like churches, schools and community centers. For more information, search this website by zip call, call 1-800-359-2163 to speak to someone, text FoodIL to 877-877 to find a site near you.
What kind of food is served at these sites? The meals served are healthy and meet USDA guidelines. A typical lunch, for example, will include a turkey sandwich on wheat bread, milk, an apple and a salad. Here is a sample menu .
Do summer meal sites offer activities? Many sites offer fun learning and recreational activities in a safe, supervised environment. To find out the type of activities offered, call the site.
What else can I do to help? You can share information about free summer meals with your friends, neighbors and family members.
Who funds free summer meals? Summer meals programs are funded by the USDA through the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program and are administered by the Illinois State Board of Education
Founded in 2007, CFS creates new generations of critical thinkers who use their unique experiences and power to create a just world. Inspired by the Mississippi Freedom Schools of the Civil Rights Era, CFS takes an innovative approach to youth activism, leadership development, and movement building.
IDHS' Child Care Assistance Program provides low-income, working families with access to affordable, quality child care that allows them to continue working and contributes to the healthy, emotional and social development of the child. CCAP can help families pay for care in center-based or home settings. Families are required to cost-share on a sliding scale based on family size and income.
The Illinois Link card is a plastic card that looks and works like a debit card. If you are eligible for cash and SNAP benefits, you will access both with the same card. Only one Illinois Link Card is issued per case.
WIC-Women Infant Children is a federal funded program implemented by the City of Chicago Department of Public Health that provides pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum women, children and infants with nutrition assistance.
Find information on health conditions, wellness issues, and more in easy-to-read language on MedlinePlus, the up-to-date, trusted health information site from the NIH and the National Library of Medicine.
offers many Illinois children comprehensive healthcare that includes doctors' visits, hospital stays, prescription drugs, vision care, dental care and medical devices like eyeglasses and asthma inhalers.
The Safe to Sleep® campaign, formerly known as the Back to Sleep campaign, focuses on actions you and others can take to help your baby sleep safely and to reduce your baby's risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death.
This site provides resources for students, postdocs, faculty, administrators, and others in institutions of higher education, including colleges, community colleges, universities, and similar programs. Those interested in learning more about Title IX pregnancy protection in grade school should review the Department of Education’s Guidance on the topic.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was instituted to provide nutritious meals to children during the summer months when school is not in session. The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
The Illinois workNet Center has ample resources about career paths, recruitment fairs, apprenticeship opportunities, layoff assistance, and more. Be sure to check the filters here for who you are and what your objective is, and then you should be all set to find exactly what you're looking for.
The Virtual Career Network can help you prepare and qualify for a well- paying job and a rewarding career in Healthcare, Green Economy or Transit by connecting you to the education and training you need.
The GPS LifePlan provides a framework/structure to help student's approach goal setting and connects them to resources that can help them achieve those goals.
Apply Now! Deadline May 1st!
Connecting Youth to a Successful Future
with a Summer Job in Chicago
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's One Summer Chicago brings together
government institutions, community-based organizations and companies
to offer over 31,000 employment and internship opportunities
to youth and young adults ages 14 to 24.
Helpful Phone Numbers
Non-Emergency issues: 311
City of Chicago Department of Health: (312) 747-9884
City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services: (312) 743-0300
City of Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation: (312) 744-4611
City of Chicago Department of Transport: (312) 744-3600
Chicago Housing Authority: (312) 742-8500
Suburban Cook County Homelessness Prevention Call Center: (877) 426-6515
Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. Our vision is to fight the epidemic of trans suicide and improve overall life-outcomes of trans people by facilitating justice-oriented, collective community aid.
The Broadway Youth Center is a program of Howard Brown Health Center and [its] community partners, offering comprehensive services to youth, ages 12-24 including a safe space for young people experiencing homelessness.
Through its basic needs program, the BYC offers homeless youth a safe place to access basic needs, such as food, hygiene supplies, clothing, laundry, and showers. In addition to drop-in services, youth are also able to access a full range of free services and programs ranging from HIV/STI testing and treatment, acute health care services, GED classes, case management, counseling services and social and support groups.
Center on Halsted offers a safe and comfortable setting for the youth in the LGBTQIA+ community. Services are offered to youth ages 13-24 for both people who may be questioning their sexuality or have already come to terms with it, and the people who support them.
Take part in programs such as after-school programming, Breakfast Club for Young Adults, Youth Leadership Council and so much more. The counselors, staff, interns and volunteers at Center on Halsted are dedicated to empowering youth and committed to helping them reach their full potential.
The Night Ministry’s overnight youth shelter, The Crib, first opened in January 2011 as a 4-month pilot program funded by the City of Chicago...The Crib has grown substantially in its first two seasons, but continues to be an overnight space for young people ages 18-24 to get a hot meal, sleep, do yoga, dance, rest, and be safe. The space is welcoming to people of all genders and sexual orientations and is open seven nights a week. [The Crib believes] that every person deserves a warm, safe place to rest, and [The Crib does its] best to build community with the 20 young people who come to stay...each night.
The Crib is open from 9 p.m. until 9 a.m. each night and can accommodate 20 youth. The Crib is an important addition to Chicago’s efforts to care for youth who are on the streets, because there are only about 230 other shelter beds for youth in Chicago, while an estimated 2,000 young people experience homelessness every night. There are at least two staff members awake and on duty at all times. Staff also provide the youth with links to daytime supportive services.
Gender JUST formed itself as a place for those marginalized within traditional LGBTQA communities, namely people of color, youth, trans people, immigrants, people living with disabilities, and others who have not felt that mainstream LGBTQA organizations represented their interests.
Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
[Lambda’s] legal, education and advocacy work touches nearly every aspect of life for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people living with HIV. [Lambda Legal categorizes its] work into the following priority areas: fair courts, government misconduct, health care fairness, HIV, Latino outreach, marriage and family, seniors, transgender rights, workplace fairness and youth.
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is a national non-profit resource center that provides legal trainings, educational materials, and advocacy to advance immigrant rights. The mission of the ILRC is to work with and educate immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people.
La Casa student housing is an innovative model in student housing that surrounds students with many of the benefits and resources of on-campus living—plus the added advantage of an on-site Resource Center. Living off campus has never been easier with all the amazing benefits provided by La Casa student housing. One of our major benefits is our Resource Center that provides students with expert staff, college and career coaching, mentorship, internship opportunities and more.
What is the true cost of a credit card? The video below is sponsored by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, The Milwaukee Public Library, Make-a-Difference Wisconsin and the American Library Association.
This resource is provided by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE). CashCourse.org serves as a great resource for students as it speaks to many of the common financial pitfalls they may be encountering during their college years.
Offers answers to many questions on bank policies, credit, and other related issues.
Free Credit Reports
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires that each of the nationwide credit reporting companies provide a free copy of your credit report once a year. Find out more at the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information website, or request yours at www.annualcreditreport.com.