4th-Grade VIP Program at Oakton Gets Creative

“Learn to focus on important things right now.”
VIP Student, Oakton Elementary School

This fall, the Moran Center partnered with Oakton Elementary School to bring the Voices, Ideas, and Perspectives Project (VIP) to fourth-grade students. VIP is an 8-session leadership course designed to build problem-solving skills through interactive lessons. Once a week, the students gather with their peers and Moran Center facilitators, Karen Evans and Kathy Tribble-Strong, to discuss topics such as:

  • Feelings and emotions
  • Leadership development
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Effective decision making
  • Conflict resolution
  • Healthy relationships
  • Mindfulness
  • Positive community participation

The Oakton VIP program collaborated with Noyes Cultural Center to direct students in a culminating art activity with students and artists Patti Vick and Monica Sageman. The VIP curriculum was seamlessly woven into art projects that the kids enjoyed and completed with much enthusiasm and pride. Oakton Principal Wayne Williams is a great champion of the program, making sure that all kids involved feel special and excited about participating. Principal Williams even announces the VIP Program over the PA and makes a point of stopping by to visit the VIP sessions. 

Recognizing the impact that the Moran Center is having in our community, the Open Studio Project has chosen the Moran Center to receive their Galleria 101 award this year. The award will be presented at a special event on April 20th at the Evanston Art Center. Proudly, Oakton VIP student art will be on display!

Immigration Workshop

Not surprising, the topic of immigration is currently weighing heavily on the hearts and minds of many families in our community. While the Moran Center does not practice immigration law, our holistic model recognizes that it is difficult to address educational rights and criminal justice rights when a family is struggling with immigration status & documentation.
On February 2, the Moran Center partnered with the Child Care Network of Evanston, Y.O.U., and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) to conduct a workshop for over 60 local social service providers who support immigrant and refugee families. ICIRR attorney Luis Huerta-Silva shared his expertise on navigating legal rights in the changing national climate. This is just one example of how the Moran Center works to create a tightly knit fabric of supports for our clients.

The immigration workshop was held at Y.O.U.’s beautiful new facilities. Below are additional photos.

Justice Challenge Kick-Off Event

On January 27, 2017, the Moran Center hosted an event at the Stone Terrace Bed & Breakfast to announce the Justice Challenge. We are thrilled to go public with the exciting news that the Evanston Community Foundation (ECF) selected the Moran Center as the recipient of their Partners for the Future Challenge Grant. Through this grant, ECF will incentivize greater investment in the Moran Center by matching new or increased gifts of $5,000. The Moran Center will  use this transformative opportunity to “go deeper” in meeting critical, unmet needs within our community – dramatically increasing our impact. Learn more about the Justice Challenge and how you can join the “Justice League.”

View a photo gallery of the event, featuring the photography of Rich Foreman Photography.

“Justice Changes Everything” Campaign

#GivingTuesday marks the official launch of our “Justice Changes Everything” campaign. When you support the Moran Center, you are changing trajectories for young people who deserve a meaningful second chance at success. You are closing the justice gap that impacts children who cannot afford legal representation, educational advocacy or therapeutic counseling. You are strengthening our youth and our community by supporting preventative and restorative programs.

Donate online now or email your pledge and mail a check today.

Learn more by watching this short video message from Executive Director Patrick Keenan-Devlin.

Directors’ Showcase: New Board Member – Krenice Roseman

Krenice RosemanEarlier this year, the Moran Center welcomed Krenice Roseman to our Board of Directors. We are so excited to have her join our team. Ms. Roseman is an Assistant Attorney General in the Special Litigation Bureau of the Office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. She previously worked as a Litigation Associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and graduated summa cum laude from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and then received her law degree from New York University School of Law. Ms. Roseman was born and raised in Evanston and maintains strong ties to the community through her work with youth organizations like the Dajae Coleman Foundation. She joined the Moran Center’s Board because the staff is dedicated to helping Evanston’s most vulnerable youth. Ms. Roseman believes this organization is a critical resource to the Evanston community and is committed to support and further their mission.

Rep. John Lewis Speaks at E.T.H.S. — Aug. 29, 2016

img_2131-1The excitement of the new school year was elevated to a feverish pitch when Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) visited Evanston Township High School on Aug. 29th. Rep. Lewis discussed his graphic novel series “March,” along with his co-author Andrew Aydin. Rep. Lewis also reflected on his experiences during the civil rights movement and encouraged youth to get informed and engaged. Despite physical attacks, serious injuries, and more than 40 arrests, Rep. Lewis has remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence.

“When you see something that is not right and not fair and not just, you have an obligation, you have a mission and a mandate to speak up, to speak out.”

The Moran Center was a proud co-sponsor of this Family Action Network (FAN) event. Pictured right is Board Member, Adam Chiss, along with Andrew Aydin and Rep. John Lewis.

Justice Jamboree – July 6, 2016

justice jamboree paperless post page 1More than 100 people joined us at our July Justice Jamboree. It was a special night to honor our donors, partners, and friends who so generously support our clients and invest in our mission. We also honored Kathy Lyons, who served as our Executive Director for the past 4 years, and Victor Grimm, for his service as Board Chair for the past 3 years and as a member of the Board of Directors for more than 30 years. We welcomed Patrick Keenan-Devlin as the new Executive Director and Betsy Lehman as the new Chair of our Board of Directors. We appreciate our many partners committed to ensuring that all kids receive justice in the courtroom, access to the classroom and support in our community.

Pictures from our Justice Jamboree on July 6, 2016:

Expungement Clinic at EPL

Expungement ClinicOn Saturday, March 19, 2016, the Moran Center hosted an Expungement Clinic at the Evanston Public Library to educate the public on the importance and process of clearing criminal records. Too often, a criminal record, even for a single offense that occurred long ago, can make securing a job or obtaining an occupational or professional license nearly impossible. Attendees learned about the process to seal or expunge criminal records, as well as other avenues to overcome the barriers of a criminal record when applying for jobs, housing or educational opportunities. The Expungement Clinic included an educational presentation followed by an opportunity for attendees to meet with Moran Center staff to begin the record-clearing process.

Patrick Keenan-Devlin hosts talk-back at Northlight Theater’s Butler

On Wednesday, March 16th, Patrick Keenan-Devlin hosted a talk-back facilitated by Northlight’s Lauren Shouse. Mr. Keenan Devlin discussed the poignancy of Sheppard Mallory’s plea to Major General Butler, “You are my last hope.” The discussion also addressed the modern day relevance of slavery and how the history of slavery in our country still impacts equality in American society. Friends of the Moran Center save $10 on tickets to any performance of Butler during the month of March. Use promo code: MALLORY when you check out.

THE PLAY: Early in the Civil War, three escaped slaves arrive at a Union fort to seek sanctuary from Major General Butler. Despite the conflict between the states, law requires that the slaves be returned to their rightful owner. Seeking a solution that satisfies both ethics and duty, Butler embarks on a battle of words and wits, calling into question what is legal versus what is right in a captivating story based on actual events.