“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.
Current Neighborhood Action Club Locations/ DuCAP Affiliates: Beacon Ridge; Bolingbrook, High Point; Romeoville and Wheaton; Marian Park.
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 Kiwanis of Bolingbrook and Romeoville 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.
Current Builders Club Locations:
- – Brooks Middle School, Bolingbrook, IL
- – Hubert H. Humphrey Middle School, Bolingbrook, IL
- – Jane Addams Middle School, Bolingbrook, IL
- – A. Vito Martinez Middle School, Romeoville, IL
- – John J. Lukancic Middle School, Romeoville, IL
- – Edison Middle School, Wheaton, IL
- – Spring Wood Middle School, Hanover Park, IL
- – Hadley Junior High School, Glen Ellyn, IL
For more information or to get involved, please contact Jimmy Barber at 630-671-8000 or email at email@example.com.
DuCAP has partnered with Kiwanis of Bloomingdale-Roselle to faciltate 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.
Currently, K-Kids runs twice a month at Greenbrook Elementary School in Hanover Park.
“I Can Endure” (ICE)
ICE (Bolingbrook) is designed to help children achieve their skill set advancement training. They learn proper study habits, learn to form and pursue personal goals as well as team building skills, structured discipline, work habits, accountability and how to give back to their community. Please contact Joe Johnson for more information at 630-226-8702.
Mariachi Matters Music Program
Mariachi Matters is music program for youth, that teaches lyric note and basic instrument methods. It first begun in September of 2011, with the help of Mariachi veteran, and current musical director, Juan Cervantes, whose goal and dream is to see the heritage of Mexican Folklore passed on to the children and youth of the community. The program aims to provide an alternative activity to gangs and drugs; it aims to positively influence children/youth through the arts and to engage parents in the extracurricular activities of their children/youth. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Cervantes at 630-226-8702 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (Traductora e interprete de Espanol)
RISE UP is a percussion ensemble created to give percussionist a chance to showcase their skills in a creative way. We are all one organization but consist of a total of 3 different groups:
RISE UP Ensemble: The ensemble is for students who are interested in the idea of being a percussionist and hope to one day take their skills to the next level. All are welcomed to come be apart of the RISE UP Ensemble. As long as your heart is in the right place, we will help you reach your goals of being a percussionist through the teachings and support of our Senior staff.
RISE UP is an opportunity for youth to discover and expand their musical talents while learning important life skills such as teamwork and self discipline in a positive atmosphere. Many youth who join this program may not normally join or have the resources to join other ensembles like RISE UP.
RISE UP Senior Staff/Junior Staff: The Senior Staff Consist of both instructors and students in the program. With the Senior Staff being more of a high energy show it is more then performance. All members of the staff dedicate their time to helping those in the RISE UP Ensemble become better students and musicians. With helping with life lessons, putting together fundraisers, and coaching them to become better musicians the Senior Staff also puts on a high energy show. The Senior Staff consist of everything from percussionist, musicians, dancers, stompers, and more.
“Our mission is to show the world that even though these are street like performances, there is a meaning to why we do what we do. We hope to bring a positive outcome through our skills and encourage young musicians to always show their creative side though the art”.
Active Inspiring Minds (AIM)
Check out AIM below!