Digital Learning Environments: Association House in Humboldt Park

Note: this is part of a series of posts in our Connect Chicago program where we describe in detail digital skills learning environments throughout the city.

Association House of Chicago at 1116 N. Kedzie Ave. Chicago IL 60651 is a large connected complex of services in the heart of Humboldt Park.

Association House, Humboldt Park

Here’s how they describe themselves:

Association House of Chicago serves a multi-cultural community by providing comprehensive, collaborative and effective programs in English and Spanish. We promote health and wellness and create opportunities for educational and economic advancement.

Service areas include El Cuarto Año High School, a technology center (run by longitme Conenct Chicago member Stephen Pigozzi) with classes in English and Spanish, and a comprehensive Family Literacy Program.

The Smart Chicago Youth-Led Tech program is run from the large cafeteria of Association House. It’s a huge area set off from the rest of the building, which gives us lots of bust-out room for creativity and learning.

Youth-Led Tech at Association House of Chicago

There is lots of space to store food, which makes it easier to manage breakfast and lunch five times a week.

Morning Time, Youth-Led Tech, Humboldt Park

The chairs and tables are easy to move. Lots of instruction occurs in presentation and discussion format. We have our own projector. Youth-Led Tech, Humboldt Park

The Association House partners with Americorps to deliver all sorts of digital skills training.

Americorps | Association House of Chicago

They run dozens of programs throughout the year:

Association House of Chicago

The enormous park across the street provides lots of bust-out room when it’s time to turn off computers!

Portraits, Youth-Led Tech, Humboldt Park

Bonus: here’s a video I made of my visit: