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  • 1. BY THE WINGS OF BY THE WINGS OF A N G E LS A N G E LS 7.16.09 Issue 1 ICARUS-E Monthly Newsletter INSIDE Dreams Deferred Growth Rally Rally Cont'd Statement $ Statement $ 1 2 2 3 3 4 Dreams Deferred Imagine a world, cold and dark; forever isolated from the light of reason, ruled by the brazen violence of a harsh town without pity. This is the reality for thousands of youngsters trapped by the impact of stress disorders related to Chicago Public School students that are residents of the Englewood community are getting a first-hand lesson in protecting the environment. Icarus-E, along with an initiative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Today at noon, an upstart nonprofit organization located near 63rd and Ashland held a social service cuts policy rally in front of its vacant lot turned memorial site named for recently slain 7th District Police Officer Alejandro "Alex" Valadez. Taking Care of the Flames for D re a m s D e f e rre d Imagine a world, cold and dark; forever isolated from the light of reason, ruled by the brazen violence of a harsh town without pity. This is the reality for thousands of youngsters trapped by the impact of stress disorders related to depressive traumatic homelessness in Chicago’s Englewood community. Now there is an answer, a clarion call to come and seek safety within the angelic wings of Icarus-E’s nonprofit programs. It is estimated, according to the Heartland Alliance Chicago Poverty Report 2008 that of the approximately 54, 000 children who have become extremely poor 10,642 are homeless Chicago students. This is a 35% increase over the last 5 years. Icarus-E, a innovative nonprofit service located in the heart of Englewood near 63rd and Ashland, provides professional and authentic advocacy, mediation, intervention and support service to hundreds of targeted, at-risk homeless CPS students. Icarus-E gives help to families impacted by the effects of poverty and academic isolation. Icarus-E offers help with: Housing case management Substance Abuse referral/assessment Career mentoring Academic tutoring and coursework support Job readiness training Conflict management Educational Policy group Facilitation Help us ignite the future. Icarus-E nonprofit and channel 7 [WLS TV] bring this message to you. For more information call Jeffery Massey, Sr. at: 773-476-9049
  • 2. Today at noon, an upstart nonprofit organization located near 63rd and Ashland held a social service cuts policy rally in front of its vacant lot turned memorial site named for recently slain 7th District police officer Alvarez. As a part of Icarus-E’s Urban Farming and violence-free homesteads, prospering vegetable-flower gardens, tended to by participants in their Homeless Student’s Initiative, now represent the hope for a better tomorrow. The face of promised hope is reflected in the story of Page 2 Deirdre Dangerfield, a 15-yearold student at Gage Park H.S., who began in January 09’ dropping out of school after the imprisonment of her single parent mother for drugs and prostitution. With no other able family members available to give shelter and food, she turned to doubling up with another friend whose gangaffiliated lifestyle began to lure her towards a life of crime and habitual homelessness. Right before she’d totally given up hope, outreach workers from Icarus-E became aware of her plight after school officials involved with our education liaison designated her with an ‘atrisk’ status. Within days, Deirdre was assessed, processed and initiated into our homeless student initiative programming. As well, the friend’s family unit was encouraged to also begin entry into our family intervention support unit. Today, Deirdre is a perfect attendance student actively engaged in our ‘Urban Farming’, ‘Quasar’ school curriculum assistance, housing assistance, urban post-
  • 3. Ic a r u s S t a t e m e n t o f A c t i v i t i e s
  • 4. Planting Seeds in Future Farmers Ic a r u s - E a n d C H A S a r e w o r k i n g t o g e t h e r t o k e e p k i d s o f f t h e s t re e t s a n d i n t h e ‘ g a rd e n ’ When 15 year old John Jimenez and his sister Maria Garza came to CHAS, it was their idea to change the way children viewed farming. The children of a farming family, they already had a firm foundation. “Now we get the opportunity to share with others the joy we have when it involves planting crops” says Maria. Maria, like other high school students at Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHAS; 3857 West 111th Street, Chicago) are taking their mission for farming abroad. With assistance from Icarus-E, CHAS students are in Englewood teaching other high school students the importance of farming and agriculture to our city. The Future Farmers Initiative, which began as collaborations between the far south side school and Icarus-E, provides needed information and skill building for local high school students. The students of the Englewood community are using this opportunity to learn agriculture while taking their knowledge back to their local high schools in an effort to make their school more environmentally conscious. The students, from John Hope High School and Harper High School, are working together to make Englewood the first agriculturally sound neighborhood in the city. “The students are working closely with the resources of CHAS, while gathering sound information for their own careers” says project coordinator James Williams. “When William Hook (Principal) approached Icarus-E about this program, we did not hesitate to agree with”. Besides students learning the basics of agriculture and the environment, they are also getting a step ahead in college. Through the University of Illinois-Extension, students are receiving college credit for their academic interests. This program continues through October, when some considers the harvest time for agriculture. For more information on The Future Farmers Initiative, please visit our website, or call John Williams at (773) 476-9046. The Future Farmers Initiative can also be reviewed on CHAS website: www.chicagoagr.org.
  • 5. Icarus-E NP 6229 S. Justine St. Apt. 1R Chicago, IL. 60636 phone: 773-476-9049 or 773-863-0677 fax: 425-675-9049 or 773-863-0680 email: jmasseysr7@aim.com web: http://sites.google.com/site/jmasseysrmsnm/Home Icarus-E. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the facilitation of direct-care, advocacy & training for community residents who are participants in the Chicago Public School System impacted by homelessness, medical constraints associated with traumatic stress issues & educational impairment.We hope to address Chicago’s inner city care access disparity, allowing the group to execute its mission providing medical and social support networks for Englewood’s Homeless Student Initiative. Also, it will provide facilitation for a unique consortium of local health care and social service institutions, including both the University of Chicago and University of Illinois Medical School’s public policy research branches. We all will share common mission goals to provide disenfranchised citizens suffering from the ravaging impact of little or no access to quality treatment and research options for debilitating neurological conditions.