Another service of and Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club programs. Neighborhood Club website:
Updated information in the News from Collaborers page. Youth and out of school: Blair Root.
5480 S. Kenwood. 773 643-4262.

November 2015, the Club announced a new scholarship program, enhanced mentoring for those transitioning from middle to high school, a sepctaculr anniversary gala, new staff, and participating in #GivingTuesday (Dec. 1).

The programs focus on young childhood through teens. Director is Sarah Diwan, who expects to expand upon their experience (and the affiliated Baby PhD) to grow oferings from infancy through older kids even more including afterschool and athletics.

"Where Generations Grow Together" "As we celebrated the beginning of our second century of service to Hyde Park and surrounding neighborhoods, we've adopted a new graphic look for the Club, a place where generations grow together. The new programs we launched this spring (2010) support stronger families, increase empathy and understanding across generation, gender, and economic boundaries, and address community-wide concerns about literacy, health and wellness, and teen safety. Become a fan on Facebook."

The Neighborhood Club welcomes the 57th St. Children's Book Fair- only it seems to be dropping "57th". In Nichols Park Sunday September 21 2014. Part of Oktoberfest.

Expanded youth programs fall 2014 starting Sept. 2- After School Learning Lab (pickup from school, homework help from UC students, daily enrichment, to 6:30 pm.
Middle and High School Mentoring (13-18)- Individual and group tutoring, Service Learning and Leadership Development, Recreational activities and field trips, Parent support for high school
Enrichment Courses- Shakesparea 5th gr +, Tumbling and Acrobatics.

JUMP Start Dance is now available at the the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. Works with coordinating skills of mostly toddlers and preschool. Thursday mornings at 10:15 and 11:00 a.m

Play-and-Learn starts on Saturdays in March 2013.

Entrepreneurship camp is going full bore.

Girls Junior Roller Derby.

Summer Camp 2013 registratio isnow open.

This summer, HPNC invites children entering K- 8th grade to enjoy an action packed summer of fun, learning and fitness. College-educated staff will care for and engage your child in age-appropriate activities from June to August. Children entering K-5th grade will enjoy a summer full of games, crafts, reading and science. Middle School Youth will spend the summer exploring the city, expressing themselves through digital media, practicing their leadership skills and giving back through service learning activities.

After School Learning Lab opens Tuesdays

Enrichment Classes are new to the schedule this year. hpnc is excited to offer Shakespeare's Youth of Hyde Park and CircEsteem beginning in October. We are looking forward to these exciting new partnerships and hope you'll sign up for the 8-week session. Send an e-mail to to request more information!

Let's Play Music Hyde Park. A program of Old Town School of Folk Music at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood. Mondays with Shata, Saturdays with Jamaal. Contact or 773 728-6000.

CircEsteem. CircEsteem is an exciting program that gives kids the opportunity to “clown around” while developing balance, flexibility and hand-eye coordination. Students in CircEsteem will be introduced to a variety of skills including: juggling, plate spinning, globe walking, tight wire and much more! CircEsteem classes give every student a chance to shine in the center ring while building confidence and working as a team. All levels welcome and encouraged. Classes run for 1 hour on a weekly basis for 8-week sessions.
CircEsteem (k-6 gr)
Tuesday 4 - 5 pm
10/16 through 12/15 (no class 11/20)
Cost: $200/ session
Stop in or e-mail to request an enrollment form

Shakespeare’s Youth of Hyde Park (SYHP) is a non-for-profit acting troupe founded by Lincoln Brown and located in Hyde Park, Chicago. The group is affiliated with the Theater Outreach Program of the University of Chicago and performances are held at Rockefeller Chapel on the University of Chicago campus. The director, Lincoln Brown, teaches at Murray Language Academy, and his wonderful young players come from all over: Murray Language Academy, Lab School, Akiba Schechter, Lindbloom, and more. Classes run for two hours each week for 8-week sessions- AT HYDE PARK NEIGHBORHOOD CLUB, 5480 S. KENWOOD.

SYHP (4th-6th gr)
Monday 4-6 pm

10/15 - 12/15 (no class 11/19)
Cost: $175/ Session

SYHP (7th-9th gr)
Wednesday 4-6 pm
10/15 - 12/15 (no class 11/21)
Cost: $175/ Session
Stop in or e-mail to request an enrollment form

News April 2012:

•Early Childhood Programs continue to offer the high caliber programming local parents and caregivers rely on to assist in the growth and development of young children.
•Summer Camp Registration is open and we still have spots left for your k-10th graders for all day activities from 8 am - 4 pm on June 18 - August 17.
•Elementary Out-of-School Programs are restructuring for the Fall in response to the recently announced changes to the CPS school day.
•Middle School Program is exploring the world through movie-making and developing their pallets through cooking classes.
•Sports Programs have expanded to include Junior Roller Derby, Girls' and Boys' Basketball and soon Family Skate Nights!

Buzz-in and check-in is now required. The new room shells are done, ready to be filled in and programmed.
There is a petition to do something about the poor-visiblity crosswalks at Kenwood and 55th.

Youth programs Abigail Hymen. See in News of Co-laborers on Club's new programs, capital campaign. Sarah Diwan is now part of the staff as Dir. Early Childhood Programs.

Hyde Park Parent Support Network has early childhood programs at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, incl. Thurdays (daytime).

Junior roller derby will be restaring in winter 2012. It helps build social and self-esteem skills. The Club is also looking to purchase a skating floor/rink for the Club.

What will the club look like?
New playground. Inside a set of brightly colored, themed, age-specific rooms were being created starting mid September 2011. First will be daycare, which has to be ready by late October for inspections. Then lab for fgrades 4-6 (Prairie Room) in NOvembver. Lab for 2nd and 3rd graders (Forest Room) in January, then K-1 (Water Room) by end of March. Teen room (Transpordtation) will be done in spring. Funding comes from the state (Sen. Raoul), UC, SECC, fees, donors, Kaboom. Designers donated: Jeremy Ejhly and Lindsay Grote with work headed by Frank Mok.

Kids were asked to design the new playlot at the Club August 5 2011. Then Kraft and Kaboom! will have crews of volunteers erect it. This is part of a program of playlots for "deprived" neighborhoods.
Here's your chance to volunteer next October 1 (actual assembly ), October 3 put up.

Neighborhood Club seeks volunteers for playground site preparation. I am writing to request the participation of your organization in our Playground Project. KaBOOM! and Kraft Foundation have generously donated a WHOLE NEW PLAYGROUND to HPNC. We can't do it alone. We need LOTS of volunteers (ages 12 and up, please) to help prepare the site, fill it in and then build the playground. The first opportunity to get involved is Site Prep Day on Saturday, September 17. Visit our website to learn more about the project at

Here's a timeline of the day:
8:30 check in
9 am - 10:30 Dig, Pull, Dump, Repeat
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Dig, Pull, Dump, Repeat
12:00 noon - lunch!
1 pm - Dig, Pull, Dump, Repeat
2:30- Break
2:45- Dig, Pull, Dump, Repeat
4 pm- Admire your hard work - a site ready to be filled in!

If you're available, please e-mail me back with the following info for each volunteer. If you're bringing anyone under 18, please include their ages:
Name, e-mail address, phone number. Please RSVP by August 26 (the sooner the better, of course)

Questions, Comments, Concerns? E-mail me! Thanks for taking the time to read this! Monika Burchfield, 773 643-4062.

Note, there were some concerns, expressed at the well attended Nichols Park Advisory Council meeting August 11. They were that neighbors were losing the last extensive community garden in Hyde Park (not all, and that was an accommodation peripheral to mission, about the Club's plantings there-- will be kept, moved to other gardens, or incorporated into the new teaching garden), about effects outside the footprint (none except that fibar will have to be dropped off a few days and to not have trucks wrecking tree roots), that the history and name of the Club create expectation that at least at times the playground will be available to neighborhood kids (there will be a little time open to accompanied kids who register, and under most circumstanes will have to pay; it's the Club's land and fits their mission and expanded program; agreement that the Kaboom publicity was hyperbolic on community lack of playgrounds.) Nichols Council was generally favorable.

Fall 2011 Program Update from the Club

Fun for the Little Ones!

NEW! Soccer program for young children is coming to hpnc this fall led by the Southside Fire . Free introductory classes will be held on Tuesday, September 6th at 10:00 (2-3 y/o) and 11:00 a.m. (toddlers).

Fall term Play and Learn classes start on Wednesday, Sept. 7th.

- Wiggleworms Music class led by the Old Town School of Music's Wiggleworms program is moving to Mondays at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. Advance registration is required. Please contact Sarah Diwan to reserve a spot in this fantastic program.

- Messy Art is moving to Fridays (9:30 - 11:30) and will focus more on open studio time for painting and other sensory activities. Also on Fridays is a new-and-improved Block-Time Playgroup. Makes for a day that your creative kids will not want to miss!

- Tot Lot will be open in September on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Your first Play 'n Learn Session is always free!

Summer Camp had a different theme every week, but one thing stayed the same, Campers LEARNED something new all summer long. They discovered new books through the Summer Reading Program with Chicago Public Libraries. They read so many that all 63 Campers earned a Summer Reading t-shirt! They also enjoyed field trips to Millennium Park, Garfield Park Conservatory & Rainbow Falls Water Park! Sadly, Wednesday, August 24, is the last day of Camp until next year.

After School Programming will be back on Tuesday, September 6 - Have you signed up yet? Spots are filling up quickly. Contact Abby Hymen to request a registration packet today!

If you're out Back-to-School shopping, print out our wish list and help hpnc get ready for the school year, too!

hpnc Rolls Out the Welcome Wagon!

We welcome Little Inspirations to hpnc! We are excited to extend our Early Childhood Programming to compliment their full day curriculum. At Little Inspirations, you can expect a “best of both worlds” scenario for your children. The teachers strive to give your children individualized attention similar to what they would receive from a single, nurturing caregiver, while providing them with the professionalism, educational structure and socialization found in childcare centers and schools. To check for availability, contact Peg Pavalec today!

We also welcome Monika Pandya Burchfield, our new Director of Development! She brings over 10 years of event management, fundraising and marketing experience to hpnc. Every once in a while you may see her helping out with crafts or dance classes, too. She has hit the ground running and is currently working on the KaBOOM! Playground Project.

Little Inspirations Childcare Center is busy preparing their new space inside hpnc. We welcome the little ones to our programs!

Volunteer Spots Still Available for September 17th, 24th, 30th & October 3rd! Sign up to Volunteer or Make a gift TODAY. Who Wants to Play?

KaBoom!, a national nonprofit dedicated to saving play, has partnered with the Kraft Foods Foundation to grant hpnc the playground of our dreams! Over 50 hpnc kids and their families helped select monkey bars, bridges, slides (one curvy, one straight) and a tree house that will all come together on Monday, October 3. The kids did the hard part, now it's time for the grown-ups to put it together! E-mail Monika Burchfield to sign up to volunteer today!

Elected Officials Looking Out for South Side Youth!
If Senator Kwame Raoul or Representative Barbara Flynn Currie are your elected officials, be sure to write them a thank you note for supporting Children and Youth Programming on the South Side!

While times are tough everywhere, Representative Currie was making calls on behalf of South Side working families to ensure that they don't have to worry about high quality care for their children. Rep. Currie was also working hard to get a portion of capital funds released so that we can fix up the Club!

Senator Raoul was instrumental releasing additional capital funding in addition to securing funding for our middle and high school programs. This INCREDIBLE grant will allow hpnc to provide direct assistance not only to teens as they navigate high school, but also to their to parents and teachers. hpnc will also develop strategic partnerships with individuals and organizations with specific expertise in the areas that are most critical to high school success.

hpnc will focus on 7-10th graders as they prepare for high school and provide support they need to graduate high school. Over the next two years, hpnc will improve and expand our existing programs to serve more local middle and high school students and their families.

"Thanks to Senator Raoul and Representative Currie's tireless efforts hpnc can keep more kids out of the line of fire. Senator Raoul's work really allows us to live our mission to help them learn, grow and thrive," said Jennifer Bosch, Executive Director.


Suite of programs in start of 2011. 300 ages 0-16 served every weekday.

Early childhood

Tot Lot for 0-4

Baby PhD Activity Workshops for 0-3 and caregivers or parents

School Age

Before and After School-- Busy Bees K-2, Tweens grades 3-5, Teens grades 6-10. Free 3 days/week

All-day Summer Camp grades K-10


Intergenerational Program- Elders and other adults provide literacy assistance, mentoring, homework help.

Coming- New athletic leagues or youth: bb boys K-9, girls K-3, soccer ages 2-6; South Wing literacy centre, teen room, early childhood center, professional kitchen.


Announcing upcoming Vacation Day Adventures at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club for November/December. So far, all of our trips have sold out, so please reserve as soon as possible to save a space for your children. Unless otherwise noted, the price for each Adventure is $30 (full pay) or $15 (IL Action for Children--must be pre-approved by HPNC staff). Children may be dropped off at the Club as early as 7:30 am; pick up no later than 6:00 pm. Please provide children with breakfast and lunch; we provide afternoon snack.

· Nov. 11: trip to MSI.

· Nov. 12: trip to ICE Movie Theater.

· Nov. 17: trip to Putting Edge Glow-in-the-dark mini golf.

· Full-day Winter Break programs will run Dec. 20-22 and Dec. 27-29. Packages available for multi-days. Tot Lot 9 am to noon at regular rates.

The last day for Before/After-School Programs and Baby PhD is Friday, Dec. 17. On this date, all of the children's programs will have their winter celebrations.

· For Tot Lot/Baby PhD, it's "Winter Holidays Around the World" from 10 am to noon.

· For the older kids, it’s the 4th Annual Holiday Snow-In Celebration" with performances, exhibits, and a potluck from 5:30-7 pm.

Please check the Club's Facebook page for details and PDFs of sign-up sheets. For info, call 773-643-4062 or drop by the Club at 5480 S. Kenwood Ave.

Changes to fall 2010 schedule

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club Fall Teen program starts Monday, 9/20 (a week later than previously announced due to repairs). Before- and After-School programs start Tuesday, 9/7.
Save $50: registering by Friday, 8/13. Call 773-643-4062 or drop in M-F from 9-5. 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. (corner of 55th and Kenwood). IL Action for Children payments accepted.

Fall youth program registration opens Monday, August 2. Early birds: waive registration fee of $50 by registering on or before August 13. Parents may call 773-643-4062 or drop in. Before- and After-School programs start 9/7; Teens start 9/20.

Important schedule note: The Club will close from Monday, August 30 through Labor Day for annual cleaning and repairs. Fall registration continues during this time by phone or drop-in. Miss Tammie's Montessori, Baby Ph.D., and Sunday church services will follow their usual schedules. We'd love to have your help with clean-up that week--please call if you can volunteer for all or part of a day.

In 2010, the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club proudly celebrates the beginning of its second century of vital service to Hyde Park and the south side of Chicago. HPNC strengthens our community and fosters individual development by complementing and enriching classroom learning for children and youth and by promoting social interaction and wellbeing among seniors. This is truly a place “where generations grow together.” HPNC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

What's staying and what's being added? (Senior will go)

Continuing programs include

Continuing partnerships with early childhood providers and athletics

New programs for youth and families

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference is pleased to announce a grant of $2,400 in June 2010 to Hyde Park Neighborhood Club for the CTA passes for the component of its Summer Teen Program that makes teens learn their city and find interesting places and report on them and in the process get used to using public transportation.

HPKCC helps Club’s teens learn city via transit. As in Conference Reporter August 2010 Vol. 16 No. 2, adapted and expanded from July 7 HP Herald with a couple of suggestions from the Club. By Gary Ossewaarde

For a second year, Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference is pleased to underwrite transit cards for teens in Hyde Park Neighborhood Club’s Summer Teen camp.

In this program, one of several for children and youth at the Club, young teens learn self-reliance in using public transportation options, many through do-it-yourself finding, mapping, and research trips that lead to engaged citizenship. Each trip supported a variety of lesson topics that changed weekly, as well as exposure to new places and people, and to teh environmental and personal advantages of making transit a first and primary choice.

Abigail Hymen, Director of Youth Programs, wrote regarding the 2010 program:
"This summer, our Teen Program will continue to educate on the importance of public transportation but we are also making certain our kids are school ready, college ready, and job ready. Learning will be fun, with engaging research projects and trips to archives, museums, [and] historical sites. We have planned college visits for those who are considering their next step in higher education. To give our teens food for thought about career choices, they will be taking "behind the scenes" tours of sites such as NBC and teh CTA [12 in all]. We will put their train and bus know-how to the test with two exciting, week-long events: Where in the City? and The Amazing Race."

The Conference is pleased to help the Neighborhood Club continue to grow its overall strength and relevance to the neighborhood, in this case by increasing out-of-school enrichment and learning options for youth. Such enrichment is also a major focus of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference Schools Committee. We believe organizations and centers such as the Neighborhood Club can bring flexibility and seek funds that the schools often cannot.

A large number of the teens in Neighborhood Club programs come from Canter Middle School and Kenwood Academy; teh younger participants come from a variety of local public and private schools, and nearly all live within a two-mile radius. Teens in the programs are passing their classes, and 93 percent leave each day with their homework done. Some programs are free or have case-by-cases access to assistance.

The Club's child and youth programs are high quality, varied, and include strong intergenerational experience. We believe that even in troubled times our community's suite of such specail places and programs can and should flourish and can provide synergy to schools' programs. Of course we also believe that programs in the schools can and must be re-grown, expanded and enriched.

Our Transit and Access Task Force, whose chairman, James Withrow, worked with Neighborhood Club Director Jennifer Bosch to initiate HPKCC's collaboration, is pleased to see young people learning to use their transportation options and getting around the city--a trend that has been noted citywide and nationally. Perhaps th is program can inspire the rest of us to do likewise.

HPKCC is therefore pleased to join many others who are supporting Hyde Park Neighborhood Club as it continues to renew and grow its services as a center for all ages, and as it renew its facility at the start of its second 100 years.


Teens interview seniors about gay, other lifestyles- new collaboration in 2010

Hyde Park Herald, April 7, 2010. By Daschell M. Phillips

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club has partnered with Howard Brown to create programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, seniors living on the South Side. Some of the seniors will also participate in an oral history project that will be recorded and presented at teh Annual HPNC Pancake Breakfast fundraiser.

Howard Brown created a group called "Circles of Friendship" that meets from noon to 3 p.m. every second Saturday at the HPNC for conversation, good and friendly interaction for LBT seniors living on Chicago's South Side. After receiving a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois General Assembly, the HPNC after school program decided to use the grant to promote tolerance of the LGBT community by inviting the seniors to participate in an intergenerational oral history project. The project will begin with two empathy workshop sessions before the actual recording date of the interviews. The finished product will consist of three interviews.

[] 8th grader at Canter Middle School, said he "had a friend who was gay but she chose to live straight because of peer pressure." Another Canter 8th grader, who's parents asked that his name be withhold from the Herald article and his face removed from the oral history project, said he wanted to participate in the project because, "people think being gay or lesbian is a negative thing. They are a minority and they need help with dispelling myths."

Gloria -- born George Allen -- a 64-year-old transgender female who lives on th North Side -- said growing up she often had to deal with discrimination from her friends' parents. ...Allen, who grew up in Hyde Park, said said other than a few isolated bouts of discrimination, she's had a good life. She said when she came out to her family at the age of 17 her parents supported her decision......

The Canter students asked Allen general questions such as did she like school, what was her first job and had she ever been in love. Allen openly answered all questions with ease....

The interviews will be presented during teh 47th Annual Pancake Breakfast...


Watch in winter and spring for Teen one hour classes on Financial Literacy start. Six weeks Tuesdays and Thursdays,Grades 7-12 learn about jobs, salaries, budgeting, savings, investing, credit in the new computer lab. $80. Eight full scholarships are still available. For information and registry, call Abigail Hymen at the club, 663 643-4062 or 5480 S. Kenwood.

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club seeks seniors to volunteer and read with children aged 6-9 about a half hour at its Children's House program, esp. about 2:30. Or on literacy with 9-12 year old Mondays and or Wednesdays after school. Contact Emily Schuttenberg,, or 773 255-3505.
And Golden Troubadours is recruiting spring singers (many in this program are having memory or functional problems-- it would help to have the less-impaired of us participating or helping). Tuesdays at 1- can eat lunch with them at 11:30. 773 643-49062.

95% in programs complete homework each day; 69% have no athletics in their schools. It's safe- gangs consider it neutral territory.

300 served a day, of all ages

New computer lab, several and staff computers. Soon: more computer classes for adults.
A fresh look
Generations together and Grandfamilies Chicago. Baby PhD.

Fiscal responsibility. Debt sharply reduced; all non-mortgage debt to be erased by Dec. 201. New devel. office, accurate billing nd accounting, new website and facebook, online giving.


Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference is pleased to help make known the many programs and events at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club- premier service provider and socializing venue in the neighborhood since 1909! Kicking off its centennial celebration and fundraising.

In April 2009, HPKCC made an appropriation for fare cards for Teen Summer Program day trips and trip planning education, which fits many of the programmatic goals of both the Conference and the Club. Please visit a description in its special page.

The club has a wonderful gardening and food production to consumption program and camp each summer.

The Club's focus is now on children and seniors: NEW MISSION STATEMENT:

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club strengthens our community and fosters individual development by complementing and enriching classroom learning for children and youth and promoting social interaction and wellbeing among seniors.

New: computer lab and subsidized reduced cost classes. More activities are in the works aimed at teens 15 and older: a computer-based music and art program and a free teen program that will run Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning inn October. "We want more teens into our program," Pickens said, adding that the club has "always been a place for youth. That's how I want it to be known--that it's a place that's fun for kids.

The key programs:

Children and Youth:
PhD Childcare Network programs daily- wide variety:,
Tot Lot
After School grades K-6
Teen Programs grades 7-10
Money Talks Teen Financial Empowerment Program grades 7-10
Summer Camp grades K-10

Golden Diners
Mah Jongg


5480 S. Kenwood, 773 643-4062. Executive Director- interim Jennifer Bosch; President Bethany Pickens.

The Club is now engaged in a critical fundraising drive so it can serve families, youth, and seniors into the next century and stay open after next May. Contact Jennifer Bosch or Bethany Pickens or Beth Parker at 773 643-4062 or

To take a parent survey of what programs you want at the Club, or learn more, contact Claire Muller:

Tot Lot is back in conjunction with Baby PHD Childcare Network (, Play alternates with reading, crafts, book club and more varied experiences. You do not have to be affiliated with Baby to participate. Fees.

Let HPNC host your birthday party.

Tot Lot is back! And Lil' Kickers expanding

Tot Lot, a 53-year-old Club tradition, is an indoor playground held in the newly renovated gymnasium. This Fall, the Lot will feature brand new play equipment, thanks to the generous
donations of the Lil’ Kickers Program and our supportive
community members. The Club invites all parents and Tots to join us in continuing this celebrated family tradition!
It's run by Baby PhD alliance and alternates play with reading, crafts and other child-building experiences.

Starts October 6th, Runs through May 29th
Monday through Friday: 9-12pm

One Month Pass $50
10 Visit Pass $30
Drop-In Pass $5

One family per pass; 3 children per visit per pass.
Extra passes can be purchased for additional children.

Hyde Park Herald, September 24, 2008. By Daschell M. Phillips

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) received a $2,000 donation from the Lil' Kickers Child Development Program, which will allow it to reopen the Tot Lot. The Tot Lot, which has been a part of the HPNC, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., for about 53 years, is an indoor playground held in the club's newly renovated gymnasium where parents can bring their toddlers, ages 3 through 7, to play.

Stephanie Caver, accountant at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, said the Tot Lot was a popular meeting place for those who took cares of toddlers. "There were a group of nannies that would bring a large group of kids in to play," said Caver. "People would have birthday parties here. It was a great community builder."

Last December the Tot Lot was closed due to outdated toys. "Some of our toys weren't up to par," said Caver. "Parents had concerns about the safety of the toys. They wanted new toys and we couldn't afford it." She said that parents would mention how much they missed the Tot Lot, especially during the winter months, because it was a nice place for their children to ply during inclement weather.

In July, HPNC Executive Director Jennifer Bosch announced that a community member, who wished not to be named, made a $2,000 donation specifically for the reopening of the Tot Lot but the club needed an additional $2,000 to purchase new play equipment. Lil' Kickers donated the additional $2,000 the club needed just in time for a fall, 2008 opening.

In addition to new play equipment, half of the Tot Lot space will continue to be used by the Lil' Kickers to coach kids in soccer. Lil' Kickers, which is a national child development program specifically designed for children between the ages o 18 months to 9 years, has been coaching kids at the HPNC for one year. While soccer is used to keep the children engaged, child development is the program's primary purpose, said Jeff Welsh, CEO of Lil' Kickers. "We start at 18 months with the parents present just to get students to learn how to listen and develop hand-foot coordination," said Welsh. "This also teaches parents how to play with their child. Many parents, especially dads, do not know how to play with their kids because our parents didn't know how to play with us."

As the children progress in age they move to different stages of the program and learn motor skills and participation and sharing habits, said Welsh. Due to greater interest in Lil' Kickers, the program, which used to meet at HPNC once a week, will now meet on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, said Daniel Munoz, the coordinator for the Hyde Park Lil' Kickers program.

The program was also able to offer seven scholarships to HPNC members this year. "Through the scholarship kids will receive free uniforms and classes for the entire year," said Munoz. Welsh said he is looking forward to offering even more scholarships as the program continues to expand.

Munoz and other Lil' Kickers staff members have been trying to reach out to the Hyde Park community to let them know about the program by passing out brochures and talking to parents in the neighborhood. Welsh said that the program currently serves 1,400 preschoolers each week but he wants that number to increase. "This is a great program," said Welsh. "We want the parents to know that we are available to work with their kids."

This year the Tot Lot starts on October 6 and runs through May 29. It is open from 9 a.m. until noon Monday through Friday. A one month pass is %50, a 10-visit pass is $30 and a drop-in pass is $5.

For information about the Tot Lot, call 643-4062. For more information about Lil' Kickers, call 312-421-7349.


Sarah Diwan of Baby PhD Childcare Network praises HPNC for speed in getting Tot Lot + child programming going fast.,

Herald, November 12, 2008

I am writing to share recent positive experiences I've has with the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) and the HPNC Executive Director Jennifer Bosch. In mid-September, I approached Ms. Bosch with a request to use HPNC space for special programming sponsored by The Baby Ph.D. Childcare Network. In particular, we needed the space to allow children up to age 3 enrolled in our many small home daycares to come together for larger group instruction. We also hoped to open up our programming to young children not enrolled at Baby Ph.D.

After just two weeks of discussion Ms. Bosch and I worked out a fair rental agreement. The next week Baby Ph.D. held our first art and music classes at the HPNC. Staff at HPNC were friendly and helpful. The process was so smooth and successful that by the third week of October we decided to add a young children's book club.

Baby Ph.D. is now entering its second month of renting space at HPNC. We are experiencing great participation by Childcare Network members and non-members alike. New friends and connections are being made between parents, grandparents, nannies, daycare providers and all for the young children they care for. I couldn't have asked for anything better!

Specials and programs (contact the website or Club, get on their listserve)

To WeGotGameChicago sports for kids and adults.


Akido. Akido- Hyde Park Dojo, led by David Levine, Aiki Extensions. Mondays 7:30-9:15 pm. $40 a month, $12 a session.

Tot Lot is back- all day M, Tu, Th, F. Info at the club.

Michelle Gaza holds a yoga class at HPNC: For class schedule & more information: (312) 342 4038. Starting June 23, 2008: Ashtanga yoga for beginners, Sats. at 10:45. Charge.

Join the Men's club Thursday mornings 8-10- for 55 and over.

Biddy ball is in progress now;

Basketball Schedule:

Mon. 6-10 ages 35 and older
Tues. 6-8 ages 18+
Wed. 6-8 ages 11-14; after 8 18+
Thurs. 6-8 18+
Fri. 6-8:30 18+

Remember that Golden Diners is every M-F, 11:30-12:30, with plenty of activities before and after. $1.50 for over 75. $2.80 to those over.

Chess Club for kids 8-14 is taught by an International Master Sundays 3-5 (except Mem. Weekend). This involves real challenge and homework. Festival Instit coming June 9- visit in Cultural Calendar.

Tot Lot is open again 9-noon M. Tu, Th- $2 a day. Wednesdays Lil Kickers 9-12?

Enrichment general programs

Adults and Seniors

Social Worker Office Hours- First and Third Thursdays 1-6 pm. Register for appointment with Jessica Blake.

Adult Daycare. Useful if senior is unable to provide structure for daily activities, is isolated, cannot be safely left alone alone, or the caregiver lives away or needs breaks. Program includes recreation and socialization- exercise, tai chi, therapeutic movement, storytelling, singing, active games, gardening, current events, crafts, pet therapy, intergenerational activities, reminiscence, field trips, holiday, birthday, caregiver/client events.

Open Basketball daily Monday 7 35_, Tuesday-Friday 7 18+ Rentals available. See also WeGotGameChicago below- new partner.


Youth Basketball

We Got Game Chicago's winter 2010 sports program at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club- a new partner.

A premier sports education organization owned by Brian Ploof, We Got Game creates diverse and comprehensive sports classes open to all ages. It works with After School Matters in four north side schools and manages the Lakeview Basketball League. Included here are basketball leagues and classes, baseball, flag football and more from tot through age 11 and tot plus adult. Sports for fitness, social and positive experiences and skills, confidence-building. We expect academic excellence.

We Got Game Winter 2010 sports programs january 10-March 21 for ages 2-13.
Basketball, Baseball, T-ball, indoor Flag Football, Multi Sports and More.
Includes adult w tot, leagues, amateur and pro skills. So, what is Multi-Sport? children introduced to fundamentals of a variety of group sports inc t-ball, bb, kickball and can include movement and phy ed as in school-- running games, sports, and guided exploration. Weekdays as early as 9:30 am to as late as 6 pm. Saturday late afternoons, Sunday early afternoon. Fees range from $84 to $120 (Saturday league $180). Clinics and leagues by age groups.

Info: 773 562-6003. You can get schedule or register on line. They are at 4203 N. Kedvale Ste 1S, Chicago, IL 60641.



Past examples: Fall 2008 programs. To access programs: Go to website to get access to full description and signup, prices

What's on dock? Tot Lot, Before and After School, Teen, Independent Seniors, Youth, Happenings

Busy Bees- K-3rd.

Tweens- 4th-6th. Focusing on transitions, achievement and self-image 3-6 pm, snack, pickup from schools

Includes Dance Around the World (May I Have This Dance Club),
Drama Club,
Dance Club,
Yoga Club,
Art Club,
Basketball Club,
Soccer Club,
Chess Club for Tweens,
Fencing Club for Tweens.

Teen Program. Life skills and educational development, community involvement, own planning board. 7th-10th graders. Pickup from NKO, Canter, Kenwood.

Includes Spoken Word Program (Young Chicago Authors) includes written word-Say What Magazine.
Drama Club led by UC Theater student Organization--all the skills and a final performance.
Dance Club- Hip Hop and African styles this fall--create a routine.
Tutoring Program led by U of C. CHAMP, a holistic program focusing on academic achievement and mentorship, twice a week. One on one with a UC student.
Cooking Club- healthy dishes from fresh-scratch
Winning Words Program- led by UC Civic Knowledge: Current events through drama, debate, creative writing
Art Club
and gym.

Coming this winter: Teen and High School Financial Literacy and Management: Checking and savings accounts How-To, budgeting, investments, stock market, asset building. College Preparation for High Schoolers: SAT/ACT, computer lab, financial aid, personal statement tutoring

Coming this winter: Intergenerational Programming Every generation has its ways of epressing its story. Highlights: oral histories, events, visual arts, dancing

Independent Seniors Program. supportive environment and intellectual, social and cultural stimulation. 13-member advisory council. Some have annual fee and some per day.

Golden Diners Lunch M-F 11:30-12:30
Introduction to Chess Tuesdays 10
Computer Class 11 am, Monica Crosby
Basic French Wed 2:30, Advanced Wed 1 pm
Knitting Wed 10
Golden Troubadours Tues 1 pm
Friday Films 1 pm
Bridge Beginner Wed 1, Intermed. Th 9-3, Advanced Mon 9-3
Mah Jongg Tues 1-23.

Physical Fitness- Adult Exercise Tu & Th 10:15, Iyengar Yoga Fri 9:15, Tai Chi fri 11-2, Walking Mon 9-11.

Youth Classes.

Lil' Kickers Soccer. 18 mo-9 years. Wed, Th 9:30-6, Sat 9-12. $144 12 weeks, $12 class plus annual membership $36 child, $72 family

Intro to Chess. 1st- 3rd grade Fri 4:30 (Hyde Park Academy of Scholastic Chess) $25 week, $250 session

Fencing. 4th-6th grade Mon 4:30, $25 and $250

Spoken Word-7th-10th grades, Th 4F:30, $25 and $250. Young Chicago Authors. perform and be published

Science Club. 4th-6th grade. Wed and Th 4-5. $20 week, $200 session. Rigo Cano, sp. by MSI. Inquiry-based hands on from inventions to architecture and green energy.

Dance Around the World. K-3rd M, F 4:30, 4th-6th M, F 3:30. Folk and partner dancing from varied tradition, building self esteem, team work, etiquette. $25, $250

Modern Dance. K-3 Wed, Th 4-5. 4th to 6th M, F 4:30-5:30. Work on routine for a performance. $25, $250

Hip Hop/African Dance. 7-8th Tu 4:0. $25, $250

Basketball. 4th-6th Tu 4:30. $10 week, $120. Adophus McMilan

Drama. K-3 M, F 3:30, 4th-6th 4:30. Incl. final performance. $15 week, $150 session. With U Theater.

Yoga. K-3 W, Th 4 pm

Piano. M-Th 1-6 pm. $60 month for 4 half-hour sessions beg. to intermed. levels. Michael Williams

Winning Words. 7th-10th, W, F 3:45. $25 week, $250, UC Civic Knowledge. Drama, debate, creative writing.


Meeting at the Club:

PLIM Sun 11-2
Ministry of Faith Th 6:30
Cornerstone Baptist Sun 9:30 and 5

Prayer- Praise-Hope Sun 10
Freedom One Tu 7
Rainbow Recovery F 7
Weight Watchers Tu 4

Other Classes:

Bellydancing. W 7:30. AnansaKai TaSeti., 1-888 408 1115

Tae Kwon Do. W 6. Sensei Wesley. 773 559-8767

Capoiera Alkebulan. W, F 7. Jaiel Omari, 773 651-9402

G.E.D. Tu, DTh 7:390. 773 876-3245

Tang Soo Do. M, F 5:30. Master Fitzgerald. 67673 643-5648

Jazzercise. M 6:30-8, Sat 8:45-10. 773 549-7310, 312 415-0496.

Aikido. M, Th 7. Donald Levine. Aiki Extensions. $40 a month, $12 a session. 312 627-6757

Instep Stepping. Tu 7. Maurice Coes. 773 350-2746

Hyde Park School of Dance. S 9-2. (or of ballet) 773 493-8498

Children's House of Miss Tammie Montessori Preschool. M-F 8-5:45. 773 330-4792, 773 329-8152

Open Gym. M 35s+ 6-9, Tu Soccer 7-9, W 18+ 7-9, Th 35+ 6-9, F Soccer 6-9 $7 per night

Teen Open Gym. M, F 4:30-6 (parent permission)


Spaces for Rent
Dance studio (refinished wood floor, mirrored)
Gym (cap. 500, new floor, bb, divider)
Conference room
Teen room
Ballroom (divider, cap. to 75)
Adult Resource Center
Art Room

Winter Youth Classes: (Dance $144 for 12 weeks) No classes weeks of December 24 and January 31. Scholarships available--no one excluded for inability to pay.

Dance with HP School of Ballet- ages 8-11, Tuesdays 4:30-5:30. 12-week session st. Dec. 4

Tap-Wednesdays ages 5-7 4 pm, ages 8-11 4:45 pm, ages 12+ 5:45 pm. 12-week from Dec. 6

Hip Hop and Tumbling- Thursdays, ages5-7 4-5 pm, ages 8-11 5-6 pm.

Soccer with Lil' Kickers- Wednesdays ages 18 mo to 9 years 8 am-5 pm. 13 week session starts November 28.

Basketball Skills- One on One. Tuesdays ages 5-7 4-5 pm, ages 8-13 5-6 pm. 12 we session starts December 4. $144 for 12 weeks.

Chess Tournaments- 1st sunday of the month starting 9 am, ages 5-12. Register at

Holiday Day Camp for ages 6-15, 7 am-6 pm. December 26, 27, 28, January 2, 3, 4. $50 er day. Private scholarships available.

December 31, 5-12 pm. Akida and family New Years Eve party, tied into Neighbors' Eve. Clowns, bands, food, dancers, games. The Kids Ball drops at 7 pm, main ball at midnight.



GREAT CLASSES FOR KIDS Details of these categories follow or can be accessed directly on the Club's site.

Basketball, sports media, dance, soccer and more.


K-6th Grades

Teens - 7th & 8th Grades


7th and 8th grade After School Program: Life Skills, Homework Assistance, Presentation Skills, Spoken Word and Fine art, Basketball and Sports. Daily bus pickup at Canter middle School. Reg.with Abby Hymen, 773 643-4062.




Ages 8-12

$200 for 10 weeks

TUESDAYS for 10 Weeks - SEPTEMBER 11 through NOVEMBER 13

This 2-hour class is a unique opportunity for young people interested in BASKETBALL and SPORTS MEDIA to learn from a real PRO.

HOUR 1 - 4PM to 5PM

Stephen Bardo played for the University of Illinois on the 1989 Final Four Team and in the NBA. He currently works as a color commentator for ESPN. In conjunction with Broadcast Media students from Colombia College, Bardo will help the kids to learn the basics of story-telling, personal presentation, on and off camera work, and the media. Most importantly, students will learn the skills necessary to succeed in life.

HOUR 2 - 5PM to 6PM

Participants practice their basketball skills with ONE ON ONE BASKETBALL.



Ages 8-12 5PM to 6PM THURSDAY




DANCE with the Hyde Park School of Ballet Extension


Ages 8-11 4:30-5:30


ages 5-7 years 4:00-4:45

ages 8-12 years 5:00-5:45

ages 13+ 6:00-6:45


ages 5-7 4:00-5:00

ages 8-12 5:00-6:00



SOCCER (ChitownFutbol) More information.



ChitownFutbol/Lil' Kickers. Soccer. Contact Hyde Park Neighborhood Club/ website. 773 643-4062. Main center at 2343 S. Throop (Chitown Futbol) Lots of classes. 18 months to 9 years. 877 545-5457.
Lil' Kickers can be a child's first step toward life-long love of athletics and is based on child development theory. Builds physical, social skills and self esteem. Includes year-round at the Neighborhood Club and summer in Nichols Park.



SUNDAYS from 3:00 PM TO 5:00 PM

AGES 5-14


10 Classes for $150 Starting Sunday September 30

The Club offers Master Chess Instruction for experienced beginners and intermediate players ages 5 to 14 on Sunday afternoons.
The class will be taught by professional chess instructor Jan Van de Mortel. Jan is an International Master (one step below Grandmaster) and is currently ranked 5th in Illinois and about 80th in the United States. Jan was formerly a Junior Champion of the Netherlands.
The course provides weekly 2-hour classes During the class, participants will receive direct teaching from Jan, work on chess exercises and play instructional games. The class will maintain a maximum student to teacher ratio of 12:1. Participants will also receive homework assignments for study out of class. This course is specifically designed for serious players interested in improving their game and understanding of chess.


Putting children in daily contact with caring adult counselors (10:1) who monitor physical and emotional well-being. Learning and having fun through multiple approaches.

We've got great things going in both our school age (k-6th grades) and teen (7th & 8th grades) programs. Includes daily homework, art classes with Beverly Art Center, fun, gym time.

Programs run from 2:30 PM until 6:00 PM must be picked up).

Detailed information and registration forms are available on the web.

If you have any questions, call Peter Meltzer Cassel at 773 643-4062.



Summer Harvest Camp - Finished Grades K to 5th

9AM to 1PM Monday to Friday August 27 to 31

End of summer day camp for five days where our children learn to plant, harvest, and cook fresh vegetables from the Neighborhood Club Garden.

The Camp is facilitated by Common Threads , an organization that educates children on the importance of nutrition, physical well-being and to instill an appreciation our world's diversity through the food and art of different cultures.

5-four hour sessions for only $250 - After Care Available.

Registration forms available on the Club's web site.

For more information, call 773 643-4062

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club
5480 S Kenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60615 773 643-4062 fax 773 643-4262

Neighborhood Club, community focus on future Club directions at HPKCC forum October 3 2007

By Gary Ossewaarde, HPKCC Vice President

On October 3 residents met at an open forum held at the Club by Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference. The subject was gathering of ideas for the future directions for the Club. There was a strong sense that the Club is ready to move not only to an upgrading of current and adoption of new programs, but to fundraising and gearing up to become a real activity center for the people of Hyde Park, Kenwood and surrounding neighborhoods.

The draw of current programs varies according to kind of program and the target age group, but there is enough draw from surrounding neighborhoods and zip codes that the club can only "in great part" serves Hyde Park and Kenwood and, to a somewhat lesser extent, Woodlawn. The Club has its own suite of staffed programs, several partners doing programs in the Club, many one-time activities and meetings, and open-space including in its gym with a new spring-wood gym floor. One growing focus is health, social, and lifestyle help and information. Another is intergenerational mentoring.

The paid and volunteer staff and large, dedicated board were highly praised by the 30 or so present, as was the support of state and local officials and the many donors whose support is greatly appreciated.

The audience felt main target audiences--children, seniors, and teens--should be served even more by programs and (as appropriate) opportunities to just drop in and use resources. Attendees though there should also be more ways to serve families so that the club is truly a "Center". Attendees said the Club has an opportunity to serve, for example teens and pre teens who are often adrift or even getting into trouble between the time school lets our and their parents get home from work. Both teens and seniors are now a focus of expanding programs at the club. Senior programs were both focused and broadened by their Senior Advisory Council thanks to recent community and stakeholder brainstorming funded in large part by a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation.

The audience, which included parents, staff, and social workers, noted barriers to attracting both seniors and teens. These range from competition for time to less expensive alternatives, special interests of teens and their not wanting to be in a "kids' place" to various transportation problems (only so many vans are feasible), reasons why seniors just staying at home, even community perceptions. Wonderful programs often have to be dropped for want of attendance despite ramped-up publicity. There are also structural problems ranging from the layout, look and apparently sound-carrying materials of the building to need for intensive structure and staff for many of the programs, some of them targeted to ages that tend to resist structure or limits on independence. Attendees also recalled several programs, including social service and informational, that the Club at one time had but that were dropped for lack of funding, available staff, interest, or even, in the case of evening teen events, neighbor complaints. Maybe some could be creatively reintroduced.

Attendees at the end of the meeting pasted dots on poster boards with the recorded comments and ideas, highlighting what they considered the most promising ideas or areas of focus. A big one was intergenerational activities and mentoring-- seniors and other adults with teens and children and teens with children. This is a direction in which the Club is already moving. Another was the concept of the Club as a Center for people and families of every age and as many interest groups as possible, especially those for whom alternatives are limited.

Alderman Hairston was among numerous persons strongly encouraging the Club to think "center," find and build up a focus activity the Club is "known for" and use that to undertake fund raising for major facility expansion.

Meanwhile, approaching its centennial (founded 1909), the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club is building its service and presence. Browse its user-friendly website or call 773 643-4062. .....

Report on an intergenerational initiative (more kinds in 2010 follow)

Mixed-age group like a fountain of youth. Hyde Park Herald, October 10 2007. By Georgia Geis

Longtime Hyde Park resident Rosalie Fruchter worked for Chicago Public Schools just shy of 40 years, 20 of which were spent at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. After four decades, Fruchter's enthusiasm for working with young people has not diminished, and she now plans to become a mentor for a teen through the soon-to-be-launched HydePark Neighborhood Club (HPNC) intergenerational mentoring program.

"Being with young kids keeps you young," said Fruchter. "They are fun." Jessica Blake, program manager for senior services at HPNC, said they plan unveiling a program which would match up teens between the ages of 12 and 14 with Hyde Parkers 55 years or older. "The Senior Advisory Council was voicing pleas for more intergenerational programs," said Blake.

Blake said she hopes to find more adults who wish to participate in the program. "We want them to build a relationship and learn from one another," said Blake. Blake pointed to recent studies that found positive results after pairing young people with older counterparts. Intergenerational activities have been found to offset depression in both groups.

One Chicago-based program the has been facilitating such mixed-age activities is Little Brother[s] Friends to the Elderly. The non-profit organization is working with schools to get children ages fie to 17 in contact with people 70 years and older. One program gives kindergartners who just learned to count to 100 the opportunity to meet centenarians to share and compare life experiences.

Christine Bertrand, intergenerational coordinator. said that many young people don't have any contact with older adults. "It is a meaningful experience for to the sides," said Bertrand.

The intergenerational program for the club is still being shaped and a start date has not been determined. The initial goal for adult mentors is 25 participants. Abby Hymen, teen coordinator at HPNC, said the teens are excited about working with older adults. "The majority of kids talked about making this work," said Hymen. "I'm really excited about getting this started." Hymen said the parents she spoke with also were supportive of the new venture. The only concern that was raised was a matter of time commitment, she said.

Fruchter said she is looking forward to building a relationship. "Working with young people can make such a difference, and that feels good," said Fruchter.

For more information about the program, call Jessica Blake at 773 643-4062.


Teens interview seniors about gay, other lifestyles- new collaboration in 2010

Hyde Park Herald, April 7, 2010. By Daschell M. Phillips

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club has partnered with Howard Brown to create programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, seniors living on the South Side. Some of the seniors will also participate in an oral history project that will be recorded and presented at teh Annual HPNC Pancake Breakfast fundraiser.

Howard Brown created a group called "Circles of Friendship" that meets from noon to 3 p.m. every second Saturday at the HPNC for conversation, good and friendly interaction for LBT seniors living on Chicago's South Side. After receiving a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois General Assembly, the HPNC after school program decided to use the grant to promote tolerance of the LGBT community by inviting the seniors to participate in an intergenerational oral history project. The project will begin with two empathy workshop sessions before the actual recording date of the interviews. The finished product will consist of three interviews.

[] 8th grader at Canter Middle School, said he "had a friend who was gay but she chose to live straight because of peer pressure." Another Canter 8th grader, who's parents asked that his name be withhold from the Herald article and his face removed from the oral history project, said he wanted to participate in the project because, "people think being gay or lesbian is a negative thing. They are a minority and they need help with dispelling myths."

Gloria -- born George Allen -- a 64-year-old transgender female who lives on th North Side -- said growing up she often had to deal with discrimination from her friends' parents. ...Allen, who grew up in Hyde Park, said said other than a few isolated bouts of discrimination, she's had a good life. She said when she came out to her family at the age of 17 her parents supported her decision......

The Canter students asked Allen general questions such as did she like school, what was her first job and had she ever been in love. Allen openly answered all questions with ease....

The interviews will be presented during teh 47th Annual Pancake Breakfast...