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Splash!Reminders For information about this newsletter contact Cristina Gomez at cgomez@tcbinc.org or 773-967-9201 For work orders call: 773-967-9207 For emergency maintenance after hours call: 708-237-6153 Parking permits are required to park in building parking lots. Unauthorized vehicles will be towed at the owners expense Cable or phone installation service is done between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday Maintenance hours are Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm pose a hazard to small children (your own as well as other residents) and shouldnt be used.

COMMUNITY NEWS | SEPTEMBER 2010

Inflatable swimming pools, even small ones,Left to right: Toriano Watson, Jr., Jajuan Hall, Kimmon Watson, Tavares Parron, Christopher Maybry

Fireworks are never permissible at Oakwood Shores. Thousands of people visit the emergency room every year for burns resulting from firework injuries. And the debris left behind is very unsightly for everyone. If your kids need something to do during after school time, contact Rachel Faulkner at 773-967-9201 at our Community Center for ideas and referrals. Children are everywhere. Please drive slowly, obey all stop and yield signs, and watch for children playing in or near the street!

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Children and Youth Neighborhood News Resident Programming In the Community Community Calendar

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We are proud to report the great success of Oakwood Shores first community sports program, the Oakwood Shores Barons little league baseball team. The team has had such a great time that plans for next seasons sports are already in progress. Opportunities for winter baseball training and other sports activities may become available and interested players should check-in with Barons coaches and community center staff regularly for updates. We congratulate the Oakwood Shores Barons on a well-played inaugural season. For a first-hand account of being an Oakwood Shores Baron read, Around the Horn, an interview with catcher Shagari Montgomery on page two. Shagari shares why he enjoys being a Baron and his opinions of community sports. Studies show that community sports empower youth to make smart and safe choices by providing positive role models and strengthening self-esteem. Keeping youth engaged in positive physical activity significantly decreases the likelihood of drug use, school dropout, and gang involvement. If your child would like to partcipate in community sports, please contact Rachel Faulkner at 773-967-9201 or rfaulkner@tcbinc.org.

photo by Cristina Gomez

Children and YouthAround the HornShagari Montgomery is the 12 year-old catcher for The Oakwood Shores Barons. Coach Angelo Grayer says, Shagari is an excellent player. He is always participating and gives 110%.So Shagari, what do you like about playing for the Barons?

with Oakwood Shores Baron Shagari MontgomeryAnd what about your coaches?

Shagari: They are fun and theyre cool. Other coaches can be mean.Shagari, you make it sound so easy. What are some of the challenges of playing baseball?

Shagari: Its fun. I play with my friends. We do our best to win and get to meet different people and play against different teams.The summer can be a dangerous time if kids dont have places to be or things to do. Why do you think its important for kids to play sports?photo by Cristina Gomez

Shagari: Sometimes you have to get up early. we practice a lot, Tuesday through Friday. Weve had three games back to back and sometimes we have games at night. When the games are done, though, parents are nice enough to bring us something to eat. We eat sandwiches and Lunchables. Theyre good. We also get chips and a drink. That is really nice of the parents.That sounds like a really great community.

Shagari Montgomery, 12 years old

Shagari: Sports are great for staying out of trouble. It also gives you time to think about what you want to be when you grow up. I want to be an athlete. Ive been playing football for a little bit longer than baseball, but I want to play both professionally. I could be a role model.

Shagari: I like Oakwood. At Oakwood we get computers, a community center, and a baseball team. I think all kids should be able to get that. Were lucky here at Oakwood.

Graduates From Digital Connectors Receive Personal Laptopsphoto by Rachel Faulkner

On July 17, 16 high school aged youth graduated from the Digital Connectors program. The Digital Connectors program, in partnership with One Economy, taught participants internet safety, writing skills, blog creation, web design, financial literacy, and exposed them to a variety of new forms of media. During class, youth discussed current events and how to make positive social change in the community through interviewing residents about their concerns and then hosting the Urban Leagues I Am Empowered event which encourages youth around the country to stand up against the youth violence in our communities. Each Digital Connector participated in at least two community service events, including putting computers together for senior citizens and park clean ups in Bronzeville.The course took place in two afternoon sessions per week from January to July and was offered to any Oakwood Shores resident who age qualified. At the graduation ceremony each participant received a brand new laptop loaded with all of the necessary software to use in their homes and at school. Digital Connectors II will launch this fall and will be a stipend-based program for teens particularly interested in digital literacy and advertising. For more information contact Rachel Faulkner at rfaulkner@tcbinc.org.

Marquis Hudson receives his diploma from The Community Builders, Inc. Vice President of Community Programs, Grace Moreno

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Children and YouthDreams Come True:This year, six Oakwood Shores residents, ages 8 -13 attended overnight camp in Oregon, IL for three weeks. The opportunity to send Oakwood Shores youth to camp is a result of a partnership with Camp of Dreams, a nonprofit which serves children who would not normally get to go to overnight camp. Every other Saturday throughout the school year, all six residents attended Community Days at the LEARN Charter School in order to meet fellow campers, participate in fun learning outside of the classroom events, and prepare for their three week trip. On Saturdays, campers were able to choose from activities like advertising through production, dance, learning Spanish through song, jewelry making, and drama. They also participated in camp-wide dodge ball tournaments and jeopardy games. On Sunday June 25, Kiana, Jervon, Alexis, Tatanisha, Deja, and Archie departed for camp. Each was placed in a small group with other campers in their age group and were

Youth Return from Camp of Dreamsassigned to cabins with a counselor. Each day campers cleaned their cabins, ate meals with the rest of the camp community, had free time in the swimming pool, and participated in activities of their choosing. On visiting day, Deja reported that her The family of Tatanisha Robinson was happy favorite activity was the drill team and that she to visit on Family Day. was most looking forward to performing in the Talent Show at the end of the summer. Kiana said that her favorite activity was swimming and that the pool was always her favorite place to be. Now that the Oakwood Shores campers have returned from camp they are well rested, well fed, and excited for their next year at camp. If this is a program you are interested in please call Rachel Faulkner, Youth Engagement Team Lead, at 773-967-9201. The program begins with Saturday activities in September. Spots are limited and are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Deja Thomas welcomes guests to her cabin.photo by Emily Vaughan photo by Emily Vaughan

More than 100 Youth Finish Summer Internships

This summer, Oakwood Shores students were placed in programs with Earn and Learn, NEXT STEP: College, Chicago Public Schools Internship, Urban Art Retreat, St. Josephs Summer Camp, Center for New Horizons, Neighborhood Police Department Youth Corps. Youth gained valuable experience and had insightful things to report. I like my summer job because I get to go on all sorts of field trips and Im also learning how to work with youth and I will be able to use that in the future. LaTaisha Carothers, St. Josephs Summer Camp I like NEXT STEP: College because I am getting paid to learn things that will help me in school, and I have started to think about going to college. Paul Boss, NEXT STEP: College Im working on improving the way kids see the police and the way police see kids, I think its a really important thing to do so Im spending my summer doing something positive for us all. Orlando Potts, Chicago Neighborhood Police Youth Corps

School Spotlight:Ariel Community AcademyStill interested in enrolling your student in a new school this fall? Oakwood Shores recommends Ariel Community Academy, a neighborhood school located on 1119 East 46th Street. Kim Cumbo, parent of an Ariel Community 1st grade student says, Ariels curriculum is at the forefront of math and science, my kids have been able to participate in all sorts of enriching programs. I would recommend Ariel to any parent looking to get their child a quality education in a supportive environment. For more information call Ariel Community Academy at 773-535-1996.Splash! 3

Neighborhood NewsKaBoom!Playlot Build is a Huge SuccessOn July 15, more than 250 Oakwood Shores residents and volunteers from The Home Depot Foundation and KaBoom!, a national non-profit, joined forces to build a state of the art playlot in just one day! Alderman Preckwinkle, Chicago Housing Authority Commissioner Sandra Young, and The Community Builders, Inc. CEO Pat Clancy helpe