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AAFS Tutoring Sessions in Full Effect in Time for the School Year

With the start of the school year, Arab American Family Services is urging families who’s children may need assistance in homework to sign up for the Student Tutoring Program. Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Bridgeview Community Center on 7900 S. Oketo. AAFS is still seeking more volunteer tutors. So if you know a child that is in need of academic assistance or a tutoring volunteer that would like to help, please send them our way. For more information, please call (708)...

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AAFS to Host Mental Health Workshop

On Friday, September 19, Arab American Family Services co-founder Nareman Taha and the National Alliance on Mental Health  member Charles Torpe will be hosting a mental health workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. For more information, call AAFS at (708) 599-2237, or click...

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Watani Fest Kicks Off: Come On By!

Watani Fest Kicks Off: Come On By!

The 2014 Watani Chicago Festival kicks off on Friday, August 22 and will run through Sunday, August 24 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. The fest will feature three days of vibrant performances and interactive workshops in music, dance, spoken word, art, craft, theater and children’s activities. The Festival will also stage the various traditional cultures throughout the Middle East. The festival will also feature a traditional folklore dance group and comedian(s). Tickets are $16 per day, per person or $32 per person, for all three days. Arab...

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AAFS Citizenship Workshops

There will be two citizenship workshops hosted by Arab American Family Services. On Saturday, September 6, a workshop will be held at St. Anthony Church on 1510 S. 49th Court in Cicero. The next workshop will be on Saturday, September 13 at Kelly High School located on 4136 S. California Ave. in Chicago. Immigration attorneys to be on hand to assist with the application process and offer free, legal screenings to determine if candidates are eligible for citizenship. Fee waivers will also be offered for those who qualify. For more questions,...

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AAFS Kicks Off Back To School Drive

Beginning August 4, Arab American Family Services will kick off their Back to School Drive where they will be collecting school supplies and book bags for low-income families. The drive will run until August 9. The actual drive will take place on Monday, August 11. Families that qualify for supplies include those who are low income or families taken care of by single mothers. The size of the family is also a qualification requirement. Anyone interested in dropping off supplies and book bags can do so Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5...

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Bus Company Looks to Hire 300 Employees

Arab American Family Services learned of a hiring opportunity for a bus company. They are hiring school bus drivers and bus attendants and approximately 300 people are  needed. The hours are part-time, but could develop into a full-time opportunity. The qualifications are: Need to be 21 and older and have a valid driver license with no gaps and no suspensions. Applicants must pass the Department of Transportation (DOT) physical as well as agree to be fingerprinted and pass a drug test. If you or someone you know is interested in more...

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AAFS Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Needs Mentors

Arab American Family Services is looking for mentors to take part in our Big Brothers Big Sisters initiative. This is a wonderful opportunity for adults to take on the responsibility of guiding our youth on the right direction and to help make a difference in a youngsters life. The program will be kicking off in September and mentors and mentees will be meeting two Wednesdays in each month, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Bridgeview Community Center on 7900 S. Oketo Ave. in Bridgeview. We ask that mentors please 18 years of age and older. This...

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