Providing educational opportunities and encouraging active civic participation to create a more prosperous and engaged community
HACES Prioritizes Education
HACES offers a variety of educational programs. Education is key to developing a self-sufficient, engaged, and outstanding citizen that contributes to the growth of the community.
Parent Mentor Program
The Parent Mentor program helps fill persistent equity gaps by recruiting and training parents to volunteer in classrooms.
HACES offers classes that teach students about the United States government and culture.
HACES Helps Strengthen the Education System
HACES Parent Mentors with the Waukegan Public School District.
Hours volunteered by Parent Mentors in three Waukegan Elementary Schools
Alicia Garcia (Director of Program), Maria Elena (CEO of HACES), Rita Mayfield (Illinois State Rep. of the 60th District) at the Parent Mentor Event with the Waukegan Public School District.
Graduates of Citizenship Classes since 2005 until now
Improvement in reading and math skills as a result of the parent mentor program.
HACES helps students most in need.
Parents in the Waukegan School District were trained to be parent mentors
End of the Year Parent Mentor Celebration.
HACES citizenship classes began in 2005 and since then, we have had more than 450 graduates. Citizenship education classes are offered weekly in English and Spanish by qualified and trained instructors.
The classes teach the student about the United States’ history, constitution, form of government, and reading and writing in English. Classes help students understand the application content for a successful interview.
Parent Mentor Program
The mission of the Parent Mentors program is to help fill persistent equity gaps in Black and Latino families by recruiting and training parents to volunteer in classrooms in the Waukegan School District for two hours a day mentoring young children. The mentors provide a minimum of 100 hours of volunteer services.
This program not only helps children but also offers professional development to the parents who strengthen their skills to support children in the classroom–building strong ties between schools, parents, and the school community. This will ensure the student’s immediate and long-term success. As a result of this program, principals report a decrease in dropout rates and a 28% improvement in reading and math scores.
End of the Year Parent Mentor Celebration