FREE Mental Health Training for teachers of adult learners
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Mental Health and the Adult Learner (2.5-hour workshop)
Mental well-being is an important factor behind students’ success in adult education programs. In this workshop we will learn about several mental health issues commonly experienced by adult learners, including anxiety and depression, trauma, and substance use. What do these challenges look like, and how can you help your students if they are experiencing these issues? Discuss challenges and strategies with fellow adult educators. This training is geared toward adult education staff and volunteer tutors who work with ESL, ABE, and high school equivalency (HSE) students.

In this interactive training, you’ll learn:
• Signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression, panic attacks, trauma, and
substance use
• Safe, culturally-appropriate ways of supporting your students as they manage
mental health challenges
• Who to connect to for more guidance and support
• Best practices for privacy, boundaries, self-care, and the roles of staff and tutors

Presenter Muna Abdullahi is a certified Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor and Coordinator at AMITA Health. Muna graduated with honors from University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and minor in Sociology. She now serves as an AmeriCorps member with the Mental Health First Aid Corps program. Born and raised in Sana’a, Yemen, Muna is particularly passionate about mental health, community health, healthy literacy and improving health outcomes for marginalized populations.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Registration is required. Free to members and non-members of Literacy Works. To register, please e-mail with your information: Name / Email address / Phone number / Agency / Job role / Title and date of training.

Hosted by ACT member Literacy Works.

Questions? E-mail

School Discipline Workshop for parents & gaurdians
Apr 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Refreshments will be provided. Call COFI at 312-226-5141 to let us know you are coming or with any questions.

ACT 101: for new ACT members or potential members
Apr 26 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

New ACT members are encouraged to attend these quarterly sessions as part of the on-boarding process. This is an opportunity to get an overview of ACT’s initiatives, learn about our history and core values, and to meet ACT staff. Current members, or organizations considering membership, are also welcome to attend.

RSVP is required, as space is limited. Reserve your seat by contacting Alicia, ACT’s Marketing & Development Manager: 708-627-0570 or

FREE Adult Mental Health First Aid (8-hour certification)
Apr 26 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In this nationally-recognized, comprehensive training course, learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. Completing this course will help professionals and people who work with the public to feel more confident assisting individuals living with mental illness. Hosted by Literacy Works; sponsored by AMITA Health.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Registration is required. Free to members and non-members of Literacy Works. To register, please e-mail with your information: Name / Email address / Phone number / Agency / Job role / Title and date of training.

Hosted by ACT member Literacy Works.

Questions? E-mail

Financial Empowerment Workshop hosted by West Cook Homeownership Center
Apr 27 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Get your financial freedom!

  • Learn how to keep your spending under control
  • Learn how to set goals while building your credit
  • Receive a free credit report with free credit counseling
  • Join the Home Buyer’s Club

This workshop is held every 4th Saturday: none in May due to Holiday; June 22; July 27; August no workshop due to office closing for training; September 28, October 26, November 23.

For questions or to RSVP: 773-887-5187 or

Realizing Inclusion & Industry 4.0 — Manufacturing, Education & Community Conference
Apr 30 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Industry 4.0 refers to the technological trends driving industry into the foreseeable future. Chicago needs to be talking and integrating Industry 4.0 in its schools, training programs and policy-making if we want communities to participate and lead in these critical emerging industries.

Join us April 30th to hear a presentation from Jorge Arevalo, Deputy Minister of Vocational Education for the Basque Country, one of the top Career & Technical Education practitioners.

The Basque Country is an autonomous community in the Northern region of Spain. With numbers similar to those of Germany, its industry generates 29.9% of its GDP. 26.3% is represented by manufacturing.

Its Center for Vocational Education, Tknika, is reforming their educational system to embrace Industry 4.0. The European Union recognizes them as best practice.


BUILD 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration
May 3 @ 5:45 pm – 9:45 pm

Join us at our 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration at Navy Pier, where we will share our greatest achievements, champion the relevance of BUILD’s involvement for future generations, and share stories from staff, youth, and partners stretching across our first 50 years. Our sense of hope is contagious. Our opportunities are boundless. We hope you will join BUILD on our exciting path forward.

BUILD Volunteer Info Session
May 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Lend a hand at BUILD and make an important difference in the lives of the children and families we serve each year.
Please join us for an hour long information session to learn more about our programs and volunteer opportunities.
Friends and family who are also interested are welcome!

Join us at one of the dates listed below, all sessions will meet at BUILD Headquarters. Please RSVP to Ariana Ibarra at

Wednesday, May 8th at 4pm
Wednesday, March 13th at 4pm
Wednesday, June 12th at 4pm

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