North Lawndale College Prep
First Meeting: Monday, November 21, 2011
Our North Lawndale Initiative took a huge stride forward last Sunday, November 6, 2011, as almost 300 Old St. Pat’s members and friends joined us at our first Old St. Patrick’s / North Lawndale Community Meeting. Exploring the ideas of kinship and mutual transformation, we considered how two communities only seventeen blocks away (yet, in some respects, worlds away) might enter into a new relationship.
In addition to brainstorming about some of the “big ideas” for building bridges between the communities, we all had a chance to listen to the inspiring story of North Lawndale College Prep, an innovative and highly successful two-campus charter school. Mr. John Horan, President of North Lawndale College Prep, literally rocked the room as he spoke to the challenges and the possibilities for North Lawndale and Old St. Pat’s.
As we continue to pursue the possibilities raised in the brainstorming conversation, we have, at the same time, an opportunity to begin building relationships with the community of North Lawndale through a project at North Lawndale College Prep.
North Lawndale College Prep (NLCP) is asking for our assistance with their Senior Project. As a graduation requirement, each NLCP senior must complete a Senior Project. The Senior Project is the academic hallmark of the NLCP experience. The Senior Project consists of a major research project and presentation before a panel of reviewers. In order to make this experience richer, NLCP is in need of “experts” to assist the seniors in the formation of their projects.
Senior Project Experts are asked to volunteer for the following:
1. Commit to an understanding of Senior Project’s ambitions. Detailed information is available
2. Commit to be the Senior Project Expert for at least one NLCP Senior;
3. Commit to three meetings with the senior, each for one-two hours.
- Meeting #1: Monday, November 21, 2011
- Meeting #2: Wednesday, January 25, 2012
- Meeting #3: One meeting during the week of March 27 – 30, or April 23 – May 7, 2012.