ERIC Number: ED441070
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Robert Taylor Boys and Girls Club of Chicago. Practitioner Perspectives: Bulletin from the Field.
Coleman, Patrick J.; Lahey, Elizabeth; Orlando, Kristine
The Robert Taylor Boys and Girls Club of Chicago is located in this country's largest public housing development, serving over 1,500 predominantly African American members. It offers a brightly-colored building in a dilapidated, deprived area. It provides a clean, warm, safe haven for children to play, build strong bodies, get help with homework, and learn to use computers and the Internet. Children have a gymnasium, a stage, physical education activities, social activities, books, arts and crafts, computers, and day care. It is open from 2-6 p.m. for younger children and after 6 p.m. for older children. Three club rules are no hats (to ensure gang neutrality), no smoking, and no sunflower seeds. Though the neighborhood is dilapidated, it offers a magnet school for the brightest children. The club has successfully created a neutral zone among gang territories and is making a difference in the lives of local children. It hosts various activities for the community to bring residents together. A series of interdependent relationships are balanced in order for the club to survive (e.g., children, safe environments, the police force, and the community). A sidebar presents one club member's positive story. (SM)
Descriptors: Black Students, Community Programs, Computers, Elementary Secondary Education, Poverty, Public Housing, Safety, Youth Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance, P.O. Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20849-6000. Tel: 800-688-4252 (Toll Fee).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois