Nov. 20, 2012
-- Chicago is the home of many community groups, special interest groups, and heartfelt organizations. However, Chicago's south & west side communities -- especially in the Englewood, Roseland, and Austin communities -- are seeing record numbers of homicides and gang-related crimes, while simultaneously going through an unprecedented amount of school closures, community program cuts, and job declines.
Seeing a void in programs offered for inner-city adolescent boys, the Kru Klub has been chartered at Chicago's St. Benedict the African Church (located 7033 S. Honore St.) to teach children leadership skills by merging performance arts, literature, and career exploration into a fun program that empowers these boys while giving them a place to call their own.
"We have tried to create a modern-day version of Boy Scouting," Says Oak Summers (Kru Klub founder). "However, instead of the Scouts, whose curriculum is fundamentally founded on camping activities; the Kru Klub's activities are based on performing arts. And we take it one step further..."
The step Mr. Summers is referring to may be as simple as showing children the "business" side of show business in an entertaining way that they can internalize.
Activities include everything from writing & song composition, to special guests such as radio dj's, local business owners, and entertainers visiting the Klub meetings to give the kids pointers.
In addition, the Kru Klub forges alliances with local vendors & businesses that agree to teach the children about different career fields and offers them job placement assistance upon their 16th birthdays.
For more information on the program, to volunteer, or to receive information about creating a chapter in your community please visit their website:http://KruKlub.weebly.com