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
Warriors had another fun-filled After Opps session in Spring 1! Big SHOUT-OUT to @todd_and_holland Tea Merchants, @sugarbeetfoodcoop, @wholefoods River Forest, @mademenbasketball, @oprfactivities, @dominicanu, @sarahsinnoakpark, and @sustain_du for the program assists. We had a blast with you all! “I liked Community Opps and doing the food drive for Sarah’s Inn. I like helping my community.” – Jack B. “I liked the game show. I liked playing lots of different games and meeting a lot of new people.” – Nick S. “My favorite program was farming. We watered flowers and planted seeds. We also went to the greenhouse at the college. It ...
Registration is still open for the After Opps Spring 2 Session! We are looking forward to Bikes and Trikes, Preserving, Farming, Peer Led Programs (Community Opps, Schoolyard Sports, Photography, How to be Good and Evil), Outdoor Adventures, Celebrity Community Chef, and Team Sports! Click the link in our bio for more info and to register. #afteropps
Warriors in Community Opps have been working @sarahsinnoakpark this Spring, a nonprofit whose mission is to "improve the lives of those affected by domestic violence and to break the cycle of violence for future generations." After learning about the organization and meeting with their staff, we are now having an item drive to help support their initiatives. There is a drop box at the @riverforestcc front desk where we will be accepting items ranging from non-perishable foods, hygiene products, clothing, and more until May 22nd. Please stop by and help us help our community! See flyer for more details. ...
Warriors had another fun-filled After Opps session in Winter 2! “I enjoyed learning. Karaoke was my favorite because I got to sing a song! ‘1 banana, 2 banana, 3 banana, 4.’ I called all the Warriors to the dance floor for Cha Cha Slide in Gala Spotlight.” -Lizzie Kenny “Scavenger Hunt was fun! My favorite place we went was downtown Forest Park. I didn’t even know all that stuff was there, like the indoor Empowering Gardens.” – Mike Gardner Check out the #linkinbio to see for more! #afteropps
Life Shop was in-house for our Friends at Work program today! "First we saw Sonya's job with Knockout Pickles, then I showed my friends my job at Warrior Catering! I plated and served the delicious tacos that Max made. After lunch, we worked out at In & Out Fitness! It was a good day! Now I'm about to go serve dinner at the Ronald McDonald House with Community Opps!" -Jackie #lifeshop#afteropps
Check out some snapshots from a few of last week's After Opps programs - farming, flag football, cooking, and talent show. Special shoutout and thanks to the Proviso Math and Science Academy Improv Club who came through and played some fun improv games with us! "I really liked the dancing and the talent show! It was fun and a good workout! I liked meeting the high school students and the teacher that came in, they were really nice." - Eliza "I liked hygiene, it was good. We learned handwashing. Talent show was good, I liked playing the games." -Ryan ...
Ever needed help with finding a job, resume building, or interview etiquette? In the Career Quest program the Warriors tackled all of these issues and provided insight on the mission that is finding and acquiring a job. #afteropps#careerquest
The hard work we've put into the OK Farm and OK Garden pays off as we can enjoy a fresh salad on our Friday family dinners at After Opps. Check out the delicious antipasto whipped up last weeks by the cooking program! #farmtotable#salad
In the Planet Earth program, the Warriors used interesting videos, lessons, quiz games, interactive presentation and activities to explore more deeply the Earth and Earth Sciences. The After Opps program aimed to strengthen a connection to the planet through the use of ritual, music, and experimental art making. #nonprofit#afteropps
The After Opps Warriors have been busy experimenting and creating in the Gala Crafts Studio! Make sure to save the date to see their work at our annual Night for Opportunities gala on April 22nd. This year the event will take place on Northerly Island in Chicago! More details to come! #nonprofit#afteropps
Where does your food come from? How did it go from a seed miles away to your hand? How does it taste, feel, and smell? In the final week of After Opps the Warriors concluded their exploration in mindfulness with mindful eating. #nonprofit#afteropps
The After Opps Warriors buddied up and challenged themselves to engineer the tallest marshmallow-spaghetti structures possible! Participants in the Teamwork program have been taking part in group activities on Mondays this session. #nonprofit#afteropps
The Warriors have been busy in the Knockout Pickle Test Kitchen program at After Opps! Last week they experimented with pickling tomatoes and mangoes. This week they made a batch of Mexican pickled vegetables. Stay tuned for week four when they try an Italian giardiniera recipe! #nonprofit#testkitchen
New at After Opps is the Mindfulness & Meditation program. During this five week session Warriors will aim to engage their mind, body and spirit. Activities range from meditation to mindful eating. #nonprofit#mindfulness
Welcome back, Warriors! After Opps started the session today by stepping into the Knock Out Pickle test kitchen. In the 'What's the Dill' program, groups throughout the five weeks will try their hands at making pickles using various produce and styles. #nonprofit#afteropps
Giving Tuesday kicks off in less than six hours. Please consider making a donation to Opportunity Knocks online tomorrow! #halfcourtshotsforgivingtuesday #haterswillsayitsfake https://www.opportunityknocksnow.org/giving-tuesday-2016/
Thank you to all of the staff and volunteers that continue to help make After Opps a wonderful program to be a part of! Registration for the next session opens up tomorrow so stay tuned! #nonprofit#afteropps
Rather bike or hop on the treadmill for the Warrior Mile? Not a problem! Registration for virtual participation and day of the OK Block Party mile is still open! Get out there with us! Link in our bio. #nonprofit#funrun
Peer planned and led programs began today at After Opps and there was no messing around! With direction from Warrior Leaders Georgia and Sarah, one group headed over to the park to play a game of kickball. #nonprofit#afteropps
Welcome back, Warriors! The Spring After Opps session kicked off with soccer, gluten free baking, some early-2000s cultural appreciation, and then ended the day belting out some tunes! #nonprofit#afteropps
Camping 101 finished off the first Spring After Opps session this past Friday with a lesson from camping enthusiast, Brad Harrison! The Warriors learned about maps, what to wear, what to pack, what to eat/drink, how to keep food safe from bears, and other important camping basics. Thanks for the tips, Brad! #camping#nature
Warriors celebrated Earth Day in our afternoon and day programs this week! The After Opps gardening group learned about the history of the holiday, attempted to remove oil from water to show how difficult it is to clean up oil spills in the ocean, and took a pledge to take care of the Earth. Life Shop also learned about the history and importance of Earth Day and created custom shaped bird feeders to help our flying, feathered friends. We are striving to take care of Mother Earth everyday. #everydayisearthday#afteropps
This session in the "Live the Code" program in After Opps, we explore a different component of our 5-Point Warrior Code each week. This week, the theme was Safety. We had the pleasure of hosting retired Oak Park firefighter George Lazewski, who taught us about fire safety and let us try on a real fire protection suit! Thanks George! #afteropps#warriorcode
We've been having some fun adventures in our After Opps camping group! In week 1, we stayed dry, pitched tents, built an epic blanket fort, and told ghost stories with some awesome Oak Park Women's Guild volunteers! Last week, we worked on fire-building using the lean-to method and made s'mores! #afteropps#wildwarriors
Big THANKS to @djintel (far left) for coming into After Opps for our DJ-ing program! We had a great time learning more about the art of DJ-ing, hearing some of his original mixes, remixing some of our favorite songs together, and showing him our DJ skills! Check him out at http://www.thedjintel.com #awyeah#afteropps
Big THANKS to the dude Peter "the Shoe Doctor" Mullin of OPC Kicks who has been coming in on Fridays for our Shoes program! He's taught us the art of restoring shoes and is helping us design our very own original Warrior kicks! #sneakerheads#warriorswag
Warriors were back at it today as After Opps returned after a two week break. Today's activities included Tennis drills in Indoor Sports and safety scenarios in Role Play! Felt good to be back! #afteropps#colddontstopawarrior
We've been bro-ing out in our After Opps "Men's Club" program. Over the past two weeks, we brainstormed a Warrior Gentleman's Code, had a WWE themed day complete with a wrestling balloon pop challenge and arm wrestling tournament, and went to Circle Lanes for some billiards! #mensclub#afteropps
Warrior Alex Stevic brought his family into After Opps on Monday to share Polish folklore stories, delicious Pierogi, and family photos with us in our "Around the World" program. Big thanks to Beata, Dylan, and James for comin out! #warriorsaroundtheworld#afteropps
We had a great time in our "Around the World" program in After Opps on Monday! Big THANKS to Ade Onayemi for sharing his Nigerian culture and Josh Laird for sharing his Canadian culture with us! It was a treat to host you guys! #afteropps#aroundtheworld
Our After Opps Track & Field group had the privilege of hosting US track athlete and soldier Jamal Taylor in programs today! We ran sprints and hurdles and did discus, shotput, and long jump. We also watched his race highlights, did a Q&A session, and got signed photos from him! Thanks so much Jamal! #warriorwellness#usa