This Giving Tuesday, Bright Promises Foundation wanted to do more than just ask. We wanted to give back too.
On Tuesday, November 28th, every hour for a full 24-hours Bright Promises shared success stories from our network of 20+ partner organizations. This campaign was a wonderful opportunity to see and experience the incredible variety of programs and partnerships that Bright Promises sustains, as well as the diversity of the children and families that we serve together with our partners.
From stories of children who are
thriving thanks to quality early childhood education, to refugee families who are
receiving the special support they need during the transition into their new
home, to a single mother who has been able to build a stronger and more loving
bond with her son thanks to the knowledge and skills she gained from
participating in our initiatives, these are stories that help to inspire and fill us with hope.
All of that we were able to do for children and families in Chicago this year is only possible because of the generous support of our donors and volunteers. Thank you!
Some of the highlights from our partners during 2017 include:
- Children’s Home + Aid participated in this year’s EQUIP program, which helps early childhood centers implement and sustain meaningful changes to improve the quality of services they provide to young children and their families. With support from Bright Promises, Children’s Home + Aid built an Emotion-Centered Environment, beautifying their center and creating a more natural, home-like environment for children, families, teachers, and staff.
- This year, Bright Promises partnered with Casa Central to help their teachers,
parent educators and family support staff to intentionally create a culture of
collaboration and reflection, leading to improved social-emotional, academic
and physical health outcomes for low-income children and families on Chicago’s
- Throughout 2017, Bright Promises has partnered with Enlace Chicago to deliver a series of
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) workshops to Little Village parents, with the
goal of supporting SEL both at home and in the classroom. This year alone these
workshops have reached more than 240 parents.
- This year Bright Promises partnered with The Montessori School of Englewood and Gardeneers to build a school garden.
Beyond supplying low-income families who are living in a food desert with fresh
and healthy produce, the garden is a living laboratory for students and parents
to learn interdisciplinary lessons drawn from real life experience.
- This year, Bright Promises began a multi-year partnership
with RefugeeOne with the goal of
infusing all aspects of their youth services with Social Emotional Learning
(SEL) while creating more intentional and ongoing parent programming with an
SEL basis. In the first year alone 150 refugee children and 120 refugee parents
have benefitted from this partnership.
- Strong partnership with families is essential in
highly-effective learning environments. This year, Bright Promises is working
with VOCEL to support their effort
to involve families and ensure parents’ ideas are surfaced and integrated in
the early learning program so that there is a more seamless home-school
connection, helping children feel safe, loved and valued.
- This year, Bright Promises partnered with Gads Hill Center to expand their home
visiting programs, which help transform the home into a primary learning
environment. In addition to weekly home visits, this program provides bimonthly
group social gatherings where families can share experiences, bond with one
another, and build support systems. By layering weekly visits, support groups
and social gatherings, interventions build upon one another to maximize impact.
- Throughout 2017, Bright Promises partnered with Breakthrough to provide help to young
children living in East Garfield Park who have experienced childhood trauma.
This project allows youth who have experienced trauma to learn how to
self-regulate and aids in improving students’ behaviors through learning how to
control their impulses and delay gratification, learning specific strategies to
help them process their needs both in the classroom and in life.
- The goal of Bright Promises partnership with Chinese American Service League this
yearwas to make sure early learners
are ready for the kindergarten transition by supporting the use of
comprehensive curriculums and on-going assessment, which open doors for
continuous learning for each child.
- Bright Promises is very grateful to be entering
the second year of our partnership with Changing
Children’s Worlds Foundation. We are working together to help parents
strive to do more to help their children succeed by changing the transmission
of toxic interpersonal interactions into a positive cycle.
- This year, Bright Promises partnered with Chicago Youth Centers to expand their
Parenting with a Purpose program as a part of our new Social Emotional Learning
initiative. This initiative helps parents promote personal and academic success
in their children by intentionally teaching non-cognitive skills like healthy
stress management, positive self-esteem, and conflict resolution.
- Growing poverty rates and violence have led to emotional
upheaval and social insecurity in the lives of our children. This year, Bright
Promises is partnering with Youth
Opportunity Unlimited to provide 450 parents with holistic supports that will
help them nurture their child’s positive social and emotional development in
the face of these ongoing stressors.
- Bright Promises partnered with Learning Bridge Early Education Center this year to improve their Parent Engagement program, which helps parents, teachers, and school leadership create intentional, strong partnerships that help young learners gain skills they need to achieve in school and beyond.
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