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First Lady Michelle Obama Honors CCAP
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First Lady Michelle Obama Honors CCAP

Jessica Pillot, a 13 year old studenat at Herzl Elementary School, received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award on behalf of the Center for Community Arts Partnerships from First Lady Michelle Obama. Jessica is accompanied by David Flatley, CCAP's Executive Director

The Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP) at Columbia College Chicago was one of 15 organizations across the country to receive the 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, formerly known as the Coming Up Taller Award. This prestigious award is the highest honor in the nation for after-school arts and humanities programs serving children and youth.

Chosen from a pool of more than 400 nominations and 50 finalists, CCAP’s Community Schools Initiative was selected for the award for its effectiveness in developing creativity and fostering academic success by engaging young people in the arts. The program has inspired young people to pursue college, helped parents support their children’s education, and allowed youth to reach for their dreams.

CCAP’s Community Schools Initiative works deeply in schools to extend arts-based learning after school, offering comprehensive out-of-school time programs that include fine and performing arts, academic enrichment, health and wellness programs, social services, and parent engagement. Based on-site at schools, the Community Schools program strives to meet the needs of the whole child through a comprehensive array of wraparound services for children and their families. Out-of-school time programs, workshops, and services aim to improve the lives of children by enhancing their social/emotional development and addressing the health and social needs of children and their parents.

CCAP has operated the Community Schools Initiative in partnership with Chicago Public Schools since 2001, and currently serves 1,200 students and 2,400 parents each year as the lead agency at five Chicago Public Schools: Crown Community Academy, Herzl Elementary School, Jenner Academy for the Arts, Pulaski International School of Chicago, and Sabin Magnet School.

CCAP is a national leader in implementing the community schools model with an arts focus. CCAP’s Community Schools Initiative was evaluated and chosen as a “best practice” site for quality after school arts by the National Center for Quality Afterschool at the Southwest Education Development Laboratory (SEDL) in 2005. CCAP also received the Dimon Distinguished Community Schools Award in 2009 for its program at Jenner and in 2008 for Pulaski.

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