BPNC is a community based, nonprofit organization serving a working class neighborhood on Chicago's Southwest side. BPNC's mission is to create a safer community, improve the learning environment at public schools, preserve affordable housing, provide a voice for youth, protect immigrants' rights, promote gender equality, and end all forms of violence.
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
4477 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60629
The Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC) organized the 5th annual “We are the future, together we can succeed” youth summit on Wednesday May 28, 2014. The summit focused on violence prevention issues that face our youth today. The youth summit was hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) CHANCE Program. Youth were provided with a safe place to gain knowledge about issues that are affecting their lives. The youth summit was organized by the BPNC Youth Leadership Council (YLC) with the help of BPNC staff. The workshops focused on youth development on the following topics; substance abuse, teen pregnancy, gang violence, decision making, LGBTQ equality, eating disorders, depression, financial literacy, healthy relationships, family communication, and bullying. Seventh and eight grade students from Burroughs Elementary, Davis Elementary, Pope John Paul II Catholic School, Gunsaulus Scholastic Academy, and Shields Middle School made up the 340 youth that attended the event. During the youth summit, participants get to meet students from other schools which help them build social skills, especially for the youth on their way to high school. The college culture was introduced to the youth during the event, they got the opportunity to be in a college campus and catch a glimpse of college life. The youth summit would not have been possible without the help of Comcast, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, Price Waterhouse Coopers, and the UIC CHANCE Program.
The Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC) and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel held a press conference at Thomas Kelly High School to announce the renovation of Kelly Park on July 15, 2014. BPNC and the Kelly Park Advisory Council has been advocating and fundraising for the renovation of the park since 2011, and for the first time in the campaign, the first phase of the renovation will commence this summer and be completed by November. The main attraction will be a new turf football/soccer field that was badly needed for the community and the sports teams that are currently playing on the flooded, muddy, and pot hole riddled field. Other improvements to the field include a new playground and a new lighting and drainage system that will ensure no more flooding on the field. This will be a welcome change for all, especially for the three time city champion Kelly High School soccer team. BPNC and the Kelly Park Advisory Council hope the press conference was just the beginning in the many improvements that are still needed for the park. About $1.5 million is still needed for the complete renovation of the park, and BPNC hopes that they can get more support from funders and the park district to completely fund the project. In the meantime, BPNC continues to fundraise for renovations and will host the 2nd Annual Brighton Park Festival Family Fun Day at Kelly Park on Saturday, August 9 from 10am to 3pm.