WeROCK (We Reach Out to Chicago's Kids) brings volunteers from Chicago businesses together with children in schools on the West and South Sides. Together, they do a classroom project that sparks imaginations and encourages growth.
What is WeROCK?
WeROCK stands for We Reach Out to Chicago's Kids. It's a partnership between JPA and companies throughout Chicago who want to meet and spend some quality time doing a fun, educational project with some bright, energetic kids. Begun by our Auxiliary Board, WeROCK has become one of our most enjoyable ways of connecting to children in neighborhoods and schools often forgotten.
Every few weeks, volunteers from companies like Groupon, Guggenheim, and Perkins + Will meet with JPA staff and Board members at a JPA school to work with 3rd and 4th graders on projects like designing a park, learning about the Chicago flag and making your own, and creating your own company. Children work together with adult guidance and create some surprisingly inventive results. It's a high-energy, high-reward way to spend time with terrific children.
If your company or organization would like to be part of WeROCK, please email Selma Walker or call 312-440-1203.
Be a WeROCK Empowerment Partner! Companies that support JPA's program financially help fund in-school therapy for children affected by trauma and workshops introducing teachers to trauma's effects and how to help students deal with them. They learn how they can help their students, as well as themselves, create positive classroom experiences. For details, please complete the form below.
WeROCK is a high-energy, high reward way to spend time with some terrific Chicago kids in underserved neighborhoods.
Reactions to WeROCK
"Wow…this is exactly what our kids needed. Thanks so much!”
“I can’t thank you enough for bringing volunteers from such a big company. The kids really appreciated it and they learned a lot. I hope we have another event soon.” -School Partner
“I talked to our volunteers that were at Horizon Science Academy this morning and they had a great time! They said the event was well-organized and the students were very interactive and engaging. I would be open to scheduling two more volunteer events…”
-Groupon Volunteer Coordinator
“Interacting directly with the kids is the best. It is so much better than painting rooms or wiping off toys…”
“The event was very well received by our group as well! Many of us were already chatting about the next time so hopefully, we can roll this into a semi-annual or annual event…”
“Wednesday’s event went over really well…it went over well with employees.”
-Guggenheim Partners Coordinator