The purpose of the CPS Alternative Spring Break is to expose students to one of Chicago's fascinating communities and enable students to explore that community in some depth. As they learned about Pilsen, students served in community organizations - a senior center, homeless shelter, children's program, art program, environmental justice initiative and community activist center - and met with community leaders to learn about their commitment to Pilsen and how they personally work to serve the community.
The week began with community building at a local park district site. Students were challenged to get to know their peers from around the city, identify their core values, engage in problem solving, and have fun with each other.
|Students debrief a community building activity|
|Students express their solidarity with immigrant families facing deportation|
|Students at St. Pius Church discussing community issues|