Spring 2016 Program Showcase at SRBCC

Date: Thursday, May 12th (5:00-7:30 p.m.)

Location: Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (4048 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago)

Our Spring Showcase is coming up soon! We’re delighted that Chicago Kaleidoscopes will be among several After School Matters programs that will be participating in this Showcase, and as with the Showcases during the Summer and Fall 2015 Showcases, SRBCC is hosting this event.

This will be another excellent opportunity for CK teens to demonstrate their talents, meet teens in other ASM programs, and have a fun time at the wonderful Hermosa-based arts  organization SRBCC.


Spring 2016 Program Showcase



Our Guest Speakers in May

Chicago Kaleidoscopes has two weeks left of the spring term, and we have two more guest speakers who are scheduled to visit us in May —

Christen Carter, President/ Owner of Busy Beaver Button Co. Christen started Busy Beaver Button Company while in college and in a punk band. 20 years later, about 20 employees, and about 4 million buttons a year, she still likes it. There’s always something to learn!

Leah Ellenbogen practices and teaches Forrest Yoga, a style created by Ana Forrest, and based on the pillars of breath, strength, integrity and spirit.  Leah was gifted the practice by a dear friend in 2009 and instantly knew it was a gift meant to be shared.  With Forrest Yoga, Leah has successfully restored her own body from past sports-related injuries, has met and moved through psychological barriers, and now uses these experiences to teach others how to walk in the path of beauty.

We’re looking forward to these upcoming guest speakers, and we’re thankful that they’re sharing their talents and experience with us.

Our Guest Speakers in April

Chicago Kaleidoscopes has several guest speakers in April, and we’re grateful that these individuals have generously offered to share their time and talents with us!

Tanner McSwain is the owner of Uncharted Books, an independent bookstore in Logan Square. Tanner will talk about his background in creative writing. He will also talk about starting and running Uncharted Books (including branding, SWOT analysis, and public programs at his bookstore). Tanner will also help out with collaborative small group activities, when Chicago Kaleidoscopes teens will develop worlds in as-of-yet uncharted places.

Uncharted Books

Jayson Huynh was born and in California, raised by his parents who immigrated from Vietnam and the Philippines. Jayson served in the U.S. Army; he was deployed four times — twice to Afghanistan, once to Iraq, and once to Northern Midanao (Philippines). Currently Jayson works as an intelligence analyst, and is enrolled at Oakton Community College. Jayson will talk about his experience in the military, how his life has been since he has transitioned into civilian life, and why he decided to go back to college. He will also share a short story that he wrote.

Edwin Anthony Castro is a visual artist who is also getting his M.S. in Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Anthony gave a talk about murals in Chicago.