“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro
DuCAP offers the following services:
- – Community Organizers (Neighborhood Action Club)
- – Community Resource Experts
- – Advocates for Area Youth and Families
- – After-School Programs
Neighborhood Action Clubs (NAC) – NAC BROCHURE click here
“Working together as a group of local residents within a specific neighborhood to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment.” Neighborhood Action Clubs are comprised of primarily local residents including representation by one or more leaders of established community institutions.
This group meets to identify problems within their neighborhood. As a group, they work together and complete a Neighborhood Needs Assessment as well as a Resource Assessment. This data is then reviewed to confirm the neighborhood problems. Throughout the year the NAC prioritizes the problems and discusses ways to remedy them. Often this results in direct service events for youth and adults, connecting their community with resources, providing educational guest speakers, classes, and workshops, and bringing in or working together to provide services to their community.
DuCAP/Kiwanis Builders Club
To develop competent, capable, caring leaders through the vehicle of service.
Builders Club is an international student-led organization proving its members with opportunities to perform service, build character, and develop leadership.
DuCAP piloted a teen volunteering program, Teens in Action, for two years from fall 2008- spring 2010 at A. Vito Martinez Middle School in Romeoville IL, and Hubert H. Humphrey Middle School in Bolingbrook, IL. After the success of the programs, DuCAP partnered with Kiwanis and expanded to include all five Valley View School District Middle Schools, Spring Wood Middle School in HanoverPark and Edison Middle School in Wheaton.
DuCAP has partnered with area Kiwanis Clubs and currently runs a Builders Club meeting every other week, plus 1-3 service projects a month. Over 100 middle school students participate monthly in DuCAP/ Kiwanis Builders Club programs and students so far have volunteered over 500 hours of community service since the clubs inception in October 2010. Builders Club is $5 which includes a t-shirt and membership pin.
Builders Club Locations:
- – Edison Middle School, Wheaton, IL
- – Hadley Junior High School, Glen Ellyn, IL
DuCAP has partnered with Area Kiwanis Clubs to facilitate K-Kids. This program is designed to introduce Elementary School students see a larger world beyond what their view has been up to this point in their life. This program is designed to help them lift their eyes and to see they have a very important place in their community, and with time, effort and thought they can impact their community in significant and positive ways, preparing them to take on a leadership role in their Middle School Builders clubs, becoming leaders in their community and in their school. Participants complete many community service projects throughout the year.
“I Can Endure” (ICE) – “For Inspiring Romeoville’s Elite”
The ICE/FIRE Programs provide positive opportunities, experiences, mentors, service and training on and off the court. ICE/FIRE teaches the fundamentals of competitive tournament style basketball in a fun and safe atmosphere while also engaging its team members on how to achieve success in everyday life situations.
Participants gain the following:
- A better understanding and respect of their community through completing community service projects.
- Skill and knowledge to now manage their time better, problem solve and make better choices.
- Sharper basketball skills, commitment and drive where the opportunity was missed due to lack of funds for other training or inability to join school teams.
Please contact Joe Johnson for more information at 630-226-8702.