Community Action Councils (CACs)

Community Action Councils, or CACs, consist of 25-30 voting members who are directly involved in developing a strategic plan for educational success within their communities. CAC members include parents; elected officials; faith-based institutions, health care and community-based organizations; Local School Council (LSC) members; business leaders; educators and school administrators; staff members from Chicago's Sister Agencies; community residents; and students.

There are nine CACs across Chicago. Each works to empower the community they serve to lead the improvement of local quality education. Specifically, they work to:

  • Inform parents and community members about the performance and utilization of schools in their neighborhood and the priorities and initiatives of the CPS central office
  • Engage community stakeholders in developing strategies to improve schools through regular meetings, sub-committees, and community dialogues
  • Connect schools, students and families to various community resources
  • Devise a strategic plan to improve their communities' educational opportunities
  • Provide guidance in developing and recommending a community vision for a cradle-to-college/career pipeline to the CEO and the Board of Education

For more information on specific CACs or meeting dates, please contact the appropriate CAC liaison:

  • Brenda Bell (773-553-1538) for Far South, Englewood CACs
  • Adrienne Garner (773-553-1457) for Austin, North Lawndale, and South Shore CACs
  • Carl Hurdlik (773-553-1554) for Bronzeville, Humboldt Park, and Hyde Park CACs

The following is a list of the CACs and their general meeting schedules and locations. These meetings are open to the public and public interest and participation is encouraged:

  • Austin
    2nd Tuesday of the month
    All meetings begin @ 5:30pm at Spencer Technology Academy (214 N. Lavergne Ave)

  • Bronzeville
    2nd Monday of the month
    All meetings begin @ 6:00pm at Chicago Urban League (4510 S. Michigan Ave)

  • Englewood
    1st Thursday of the Month
    All meetings begin @ 6:00pm at Paul Robeson High School (6835 S. Normal Blvd)

  • Far South / Roseland
    3rd Tuesday of the month:
    All meetings begin @ 6:00pm at Metropolitan Family Services (235 E. 103rd St)

  • Humboldt Park – Clemente
    Strategic Planning Committee meets weekly. Contact Carl Hurdlik for further details.

  • Humboldt Park – Orr
    2nd Monday of the month
    All meetings begin @ 12:00pm on a rotating basis at local schools

  • Hyde Park-Kenwood 
    4th Wednesday of the month
    All meetings begin @6:00pm on a rotating basis at local schools

  • North Lawndale
    3rd Tuesday of the month
    All meetings begin @ 6:00pm at the 10th District Police Station (3315 W. Ogden Ave)

  • South Shore
    3rd Thursday of the month
    All meetings begin @ 6:00pm at Black United Fund of Illinois (1750 E. 71st St)


Family and Community Engagement
773-553-FACE (3223)

Wendy Thompson, Deputy
Community Action Councils
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