Education and School Age

Empowered through education, this Division enhances the quality of existing youth programs and the number of programs available to the community all with a common theme: connecting adults and children in the community in order to provide our children with the best experience in life.

21st Century

The 21st Century Community Learning Program is a program funded by the Illinois State Board of Education and seeks to provide academic and recreational enrichment activities to at-risk youth. In addition to homework help the program will provide cultural, recreational, and service-learning activities that will further aid students in connecting with the world around them. Current 21st Century Programs are operated at Laketown Elementary, Lee Elementary, Pleasant Hill Elementary, Southern View Elementary, Wanless Elementary, Capital College Prep Academy, and Lanphier High School operate 4-5 days per week immediately following school depending on program needs.

Public Notice of Intent to Apply for 21st CCLC Grant Funding (pdf)

AmeriCorps

Position Description (pdf)

The purpose of AmeriCorps is to engage AmeriCorps members in direct service and capacity-building to address unmet community needs. Local agencies design service activities for their members serving full- or part-time for one year or during the summer. Activities may include tutoring and mentoring youth, assisting crime victims, building homes, and restoring parks. AmeriCorps members also mobilize community volunteers and strengthen the capacity of the organizations where they serve. Currently the League has seventeen members providing tutoring and mentoring, and other direct services at Brandon Outreach Center, Union Baptist Church, Lanphier High School, Capital College Preparatory Academy, Wanless Elementary. During the summer we will have 26 AmeriCorps members serving in our summer Youth Corps.

AmeriCorps members must:

  1. Demonstrate a commitment to service.
  2. Have a willingness to use their time and abilities to improve the lives of others.
  3. Have an interest in learning new skills

Children's Defense Fund - Freedom Schools

The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) works with community sponsors, parents, young adults and caring community leaders to forge a new vision for working with and educating children through the CDF Freedom Schools program.

CDF Freedom Schools program provides critical summer and after-school enrichment through a model curriculum that supports children and families around five essential components: high quality academic enrichment, parent and family involvement, civic engagement and social action, intergenerational leadership development, and nutrition, health and mental health.

Growing out of the Children's Defense Fund's Black Community Crusade for Children® Initiative, the CDF Freedom Schools sites offer a unique vision of education, rooted in the cultural traditions of literacy, service, and advocacy. The League's CDF Freedom School after-school program operates every school day immediately following school at St. Patrick's Catholic School. Summer programs are also offered - locations determined each year.

To apply for a Servant Leader Intern position, click here.

Historical Black College and University Tour

For the last seven years, the School Age and Community Youth Division has worked diligently to plan and promote an annual Historical Black College and University (HBCU) tour. The HBCU tour exemplifies the League's motto of 'empowering communities and changing lives' by providing students and parents with the tools they need to discover the path that will take them to the fulfillment of a brighter future, because as Malcolm X said, "Education is the passport to the future, tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today."

The HBCU Tour occurs over spring break.

For further information, please contact Larry Hemingway, Sr. at 789.0830, Ext. 1126.

Springfield Urban League Robotics Program

Springfield Urban League Robotics Program competes in the FRC Robotics League under US FIRST. This program combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It's as close to "real world" engineering as a student can get. Professional Mentors volunteer their time and talents to guide each team. Our robotics program is a unique Sport for the MindTM designed to help school-aged youth discover how interesting and rewarding the lives of engineers and scientists can be.

Students have the opportunity to:

  • Work alongside professional engineers
  • Build and compete with a robot of their own design
  • Learn and use sophisticated hardware and software
  • Be exposed to design, project management, programming, teamwork, strategic thinking, and CooperationTM
  • Earn a place in the Championship
  • Qualify for nearly $15 million in college scholarships

During our rookie season during 2011-12 school year, the Leagues team made it to the semi finals and placed 23 out of 54 teams. We salute the team for their outstanding achievement and are excited about its continued success. Supported through Comcast and 21st Century funds we look forward to greater thing in the 2012-13 season.

TeenREACH

The purpose of Teen REACH is to help youth achieve positive growth and development, improve expectations and capabilities for future success, and avoid and/or reduce risk-taking behavior through academic enrichment, life skills education, parental involvement, recreational/cultural opportunities, positive adult mentors, and community service. The League acts as fiscal agent for four Teen REACH sites including its own at the Brandon Outreach Center. Programs operate during the school year and throughout the summer months.

  • 100 North Eleventh Street
    Springfield, IL 62703
    Phone: 217-789-0830
    Fax: 217-789-9838