CMAA's Youth Department offers a variety of academic, social, and educational programs and is comprised of eight components with over 100 active participants. The Youth Department operates daily and serves youth ages 5-18 years old. CMAA has created a safe and healthy environment for youth to excel. The Youth Department focuses on educational assistance, leadership skills, teambuilding strategies, career explorations, cultural celebrations, field trips, and also provides opportunities for youth to become involved in community issues.
Chinese Mutual Aid Association was awarded the 2013 Litera-Seeds Mini Grant Award from the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL). CMAA was 1 of 20 awardees, nationally, which was made possible by Toyota. The funds will be used for a Family Science Night serving 70 youth and their families. For more information please visit: www.famlit.org
On December 1, 2009, the Chinese Mutual Aid Association’s Youth Department was recognized for its outstanding youth development in the year of 2008-2009.
Calling all high school students! If you need service learning hours, you can fulfill them at CMAA’s After-School Programs. Tutor elementary school-aged children in math and reading. Please contact Lillian at 773.784.2900 ext. 124 or email LillianP@chinesemutualaid.org.
CMAA Youth Department Projects
Since January of 2008 CMAA’s youth group, Chikrew, has partnered with the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health with a focus on giving 1st and 2nd generation immigrant youth the opportunity to creatively share their cultural values and experiences that affect their health and well-being. On July 1 they presented a program consisting of media projects created by the youth that include themes that they deem important to themselves and their community.