After Opps ended last session with a "Festival Day" to celebrate Warriors hard work! Staff put on a talent show, we had special performances by @djbrandman_10 and @oakleyden, and dinner from @alpinefoodshop with Warrior-made sides. — "The party was good! I did love the talent show, it was great! The Oak-Leyden choir did a great job, I enjoyed singing with them." | ANDREW E. #afteropps
This summer, Warriors have been growing their dynamic program partnership with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. — — In recent weeks, Warriors have visited locations such as Thatcher Woods, Trailside Museum of Natural History, Bemis Woods Forest Preserve, Evans Field, and Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center to participate in a variety of nature-based activities and events such as Nature is Accessible, Citizen Scientist, It's Cooler in the Forest, Archery, guided nature walks, and more! — — "I like it. I like going outside! We went on a nature hike and made bird feeders. The forest preserve people are ...
Sometimes you execute an aikido move and then you catch a vibe. — Shoutout Dianne Costanzo Sensei from Tokushinkan Dojo for coming in for our Martial Arts program and sharing her warrior spirit with us! Thank you so much! #afteropps#okwarriornation
Fun times in the After Opps culture-themed Spring Session 1! —————————————— THANK YOU to the Ronald McDonald House at Loyola, @hephzibahhome, @oprfmuseum, @dynamiclynks, Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy Improv Team, @pineappledance, @oakparklibrary Social Change Theater, Kidz Express, Maiden Street Irish Dance Academy, and Circle Lanes for partnering with us and fostering Warrior connection to their community! —————————————— Full recap on our blog. —————————————— “In Community Vocation we went to Longfellow. We had fun with the kids, played dodgeball, hung out, got to know each other. I would love to do that again some time.” | ERIC C. —————————————— “I liked ...
The After Opps "Culture of our Community" group visited the @oprfmuseum last session to learn about our local history and culture! —————————————— "We looked around and took a tour. We went upstairs and looked at some stuff. I learned about the 1800s and the way things used to be. I liked the pictures at the museum. I liked it and it was fun! Thank you for the tour!" | TALIB W. #afteropps#okwarriornation
Shoutout to our friends at @pineappledance in Forest Park for hosting our After Opps “Diversity of Dance” for some belly-dancing last session! ————————————————— “It was fun and I really loved it! I like music and rhythm. Thank you for a great class!” | ELIZA G. #afteropps#okwarriorwellness🍍
Last week in the After Opps "Culture of Our Community" group, we visited Kidz Express in Austin for their afternoon programming. —————————————— "We were helping the after school program and playing basketball. Kids wrote about when they grow up and we played computer games. I love kids so much and I love being a role model." | JARVIS "THE ROLE MODEL" HART #afteropps#okwarriornation
Big THANK YOU to the Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy Improv team who came out and shared some laughs with us in After Opps last week! Our Language Club group practiced communication and social skills through comedy. ————————————— "Thank you for coming to do improv. It was lots of fun playing improv games. I loved the improv games, it is always very fun and exciting!" | REBECCA M. #afteropps#okwarriornation
Warriors are back in action! Our programming theme for this Spring Semester is CULTURE. We’ll be exploring and understanding the intersections of people, places, and things in our diverse and ever-changing world. —————————————— Warriors had some fun traveling back to the 90’s during yesterday’s Pop Culture Time Machine group! We explored swag, music, shows, video games, toys, and fads of that funky fresh decade. —————————————— “We played games and dressed up. It was good and awesome!” - SONYA T. #afteropps#warriorsteez
We hope everybody is starting 2019 on a good foot! Trying to finally get in shape this year? Consider visiting some of our friends at @corestrengthpersonaltraining , Roos Recreation Center, @johnhayleysunbreakablefitness, and @ferrarapanfitness, who hosted Warriors for workouts in last After Opps session's Community Fitness program! #okwellnesswarriors#afteropps
We hope everybody is enjoying this holiday season with loved ones! —————————————— Warriors have stayed active at the end of 2018 with a wide range of After Opps programs and special events. —————————————— We had many community partners this session including @oakparkoils, OPRF Community of Congregations, @corestrengthpersonaltraining, @ferrarapanfitness, Roos Recreation Center, @johnhayleysunbreakablefitness, @dynamiclynks, Circle Lanes, @creativitafp , Boy Scout Troop 16, @himalayanboutiquecom, Marion Kessy, and @r.rotatori! Thanks for programming with us! —————————————— “I was in Botanics with Ms. Natalie. We made beautiful lotion I am going to give to my sister.” | KARISA “I taught my friends about movies from ...
Big THANK YOU to the @himalayanboutiquecom who hosted Warriors in the After Opps "Around the World" Program last session. They treated us to Tibetan tea and snacks, gave us a tour of their beautiful store, and shared stories of their homeland with us. If you still need to take care of some holiday shopping, consider supporting this great, unique local establishment! ————————————— "It was my first time there. I enjoyed going someplace I've never been before. It was nice to learn about the different culture and experiences they had growing up. I also thought they were very welcoming and I ...
We had a blast in After Opps Fall 1 last session. Warriors did Spelling Bee, Flag Football, Warrior Women Art, Community Opps, Martial Arts, Centerstage, Farming, Cooking, Peer-Led, Pinewood Derby, and more! —————————————— Shoutout to @ferrarapanfitness, @parkdistoakpark, the neighborhood "Knockstars," River Forest Community Center, Boy Scout Troop 16, and @hephzibahhome for partnering with us in Fall 1! —————————————— “My favorite was flag football with Thomas. He tried to steal my flag!” | Lorenzo D. “I liked Spelling Bee because we played fun games with words and letters.” | Ryan G. —————————————— Click the link in our bio to check out ...
Our Knocksgiving celebration started with the regularly scheduled Friday programs of Botanics (thanks to Brynn from @oakparkoils for coming in!), Basketball led by Warriors Mike and Matt, Night on the Town at Circle Lanes, and the Stewpendous Cooking group. Later in the afternoon, Warrior families got treated to a delicious meal, some Warrior videos (including a @dynamiclynks music video), a special stand-up comedy set by Nicholas Sawyer, and Pinewood Derby races! Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 16 for loaning us an awesome track! Thanks to all who came out for the fun-filled celebration! #afteropps#knocksgiving
The After Opps boxing group had a blast training at @ferrarapanfitness last session! Shoutout to our friend Nello Ferrara for setting us up and our awesome trainers Reggie, Lanel, and Monette for the great workouts! ————————————— "It was good! I punched and hung out with my friends. I drank a lot of water. The trainers were nice! Thank you for all your help!" - Sonya ————————————— "We did boxing, it was good! It was my first time trying it. It was a good workout. Thank you for teaching me to box!" - Eddie #afteropps#okwellnesswarriors
Check out The 6th Annual Knocktoberfest tomorrow (105 Thatcher Ave in River Forest from noon-4pm) and all the fun stuff happenin around the Knocks! Warrior Monthly Newsletter link in bio. #warriormonthly#knocktoberfestisthebest
We had lots of fun in After Opps last session! Thanks to Circle Lanes, Vinny DiTomazo, and Brian Hepner for the program assists! Check the blog for more (link in bio)! —————————————— “I liked the softball group and seeing everybody play. I liked playing on the team and playing with everybody.” | Nick S. #afteropps#okcommunityopps
Big THANKS to the Knockstars who came out to After Opps yesterday and helped make signs for The 6th Annual Knocktoberfest! We had a blast working and hanging together! —————————— Be sure to drop by the Knocktoberfest this Saturday (10/13) from noon-4pm at Thatcher & Vine in River Forest. Knocktoberfest is an annual event where neighborhood kids work together to raise funds for the Warriors! Lots of delicious food, warm apple cider, and fall family fun is in store! #knocktoberfest#afteropps
Check out the action from After Opps Summer 1! “My favorite program was comedy. I got to flame every staff member and tell them how it is.” | Mike G. “I liked All About Me because we got to tell people about ourselves. It was nice to learn things about each other because there’s a lot we still don’t know about each other. I also like to write.” | Rebecca M. Big SHOUT-OUTS and GRATITUDE to the Forest Park Aquatic Center, @gabriel_tetrev Pottery Store and Workshop, @newmomschicago, @dominicanu, @mfnmelo, and @defcee for the program assists! Hit the link in ...
Shouts to @gabriel_tetrev Pottery for hosting our After Opps pottery program last session! "We made some bowls from clay. I put mine on the counter at my house. We went to a pottery studio where they spun the clay. We met the worker there. Thank you for practicing clay with us!" | Kareem #afteropps#artofawarrior
What kind of car does a jedi drive? ... a Toy-Yoda." "We been doin our thing for about 8 years Helpin out others and chillin with our peers We stay active in our community Knock, knock...there goes opportunity!" Check out our Facebook or YouTube page for some video highlights from this summer's After Opps Family Day performances from the Warrior Hip-Hop and Comedy groups. #afteropps#okfamilyday
Hit the link in our bio to check out the August Warrior Monthly Newsletter! The 12th Annual OK Classic Softball Tournament, Harvest Dinner at @theheritagefp, Life Shop Agricultural Excitement, After Opps Family Day footage, community engagement opps, and more! #afteropps#okclassic
At this Summer's After Opps Family Day, families helped harvest produce on the OK Farm and learned more about what Warriors have been up to this session. Then they were treated to a performance by the Warrior Comedy group, which included some hilarious joke-telling, sketch comedy, and a roast of the OK staff! The Warrior Hip-Hop group kept the party rolling with a performance of an original group rap song, some freestyling and a group dance party! The Burger Time cooking group capped off the afternoon with a delicious dinner of Italian sausage burgers and a variety of ...
Big THANK YOU to Adam Levin aka Defcee for comin in for our hip-hop program! The local poet, rapper, and educator shared his background and traded bars with us as we prepped for our hip-hop Family Day performance on Friday. Look up Defcee’s music on soundcloud, bandcamp, and YouTube! #warriorrapstars#afteropps
Our After Opps Spring 2 session featured Farming, Biking, Peer-led Programs (How to Be Evil and Good, Photography, Community Opps, Team Sports), Outdoor Adventures, Celebrity Community Chef, and more! Special thanks to Chef Greg Pittman from @dominicanu Dining Services, Chef Sean Cusick from @smoquebbqchicago, PCC Austin Farm, and Trailside Museum of Natural History for the program assists! “I LED HTBEAG (HOW TO BE EVIL AND GOOD) WITH JEF (JACKIE ELSA FINN). MY FAVORITE WEEK WAS THE MOBSTER AND HERO TOUR.” – PATRICK MAHER O’ROURKE “I was in Team Sports. We played football and water games. It was fun!” – ...
Big ups to @mfnmelo from @pivotgang, who came thru for our Hip-Hop program on Friday! He shared his craft, freestyled, and wrote rhymes with us to prepare for our Family Day performance at the end of the month. Thanks for kickin it with us Melo! Peep him on YouTube, Spotify, Apple, Soundcloud or wherever you listen to music! #pivot#melodramatics
Last After Opps session, Maddog Gancer chose to support the PCC Community Wellness Center Farm in Austin for our community opps program. "I wanted to learn more about the farm because I like farming. We planted flowers, watered some plants, and helped paint some signs. Everybody was awesome! It was cool!" -Maddy #afteropps#communityopps
After Opps Registration for summer sessions 1 and 2 is open! Swimming, pottery, cartoon club, animal kingdom, burger time, hip-hop, farming, bocce ball, pirate party, softball and much more fun is in store! #afteropps#okwarriornation
Warriors have been hard at work beginning the 2018 farming season! So far we’ve planted a wide variety of veggies including cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, leeks, onions, garlic, lettuce, spinach, carrots, radishes, pak choy, kale, beets, and a variety of flowers. Once the weather is consistently warm the Warriors will start planting cucumbers for our Knock-Out Pickles! “I’m most excited about planting carrots and tomatoes”, says Jackie Finn. Pretty soon we will be enjoying farm fresh veggies in out Life Shop and After Opps programs. Happy Harvesting! #oklifeshop#afteropps