SSCUG Quarter 1 Meeting Recap and CALL-TO-ACTION

SSCUG Quarter 1 Recap and CALL-TO-ACTION:

On March 30, 2016, we held the first of our 2016 quarterly meetings to discuss one such issue of strategic importance. With a panel of 7 highly passionate and experienced practitioners, we were informed and ignited on the topic of Fostering Success and Reducing Unnecessary Exclusionary School Discipline. But now it is time for action! Following up on the successful passing of SB100 into law, we need to inform all of our organizations what must be done to empower students, educators, parents, providers, and community leaders to ensure this is not a hollow victory. Thanks to all who attended the meeting especially our distinguished panel of experts. The synergy was electrifying!

Takeaways for Creation of Action-Items:
• Passing of SB10O into law, effective September 15, 2016!!! Hoorah! Click here to read bill and amendments
• Need for connections between faith-based community and CBOs in supporting schools to reduce suspension and expulsion efforts.
• Critical gaps in collaboration between the juvenile justice system, DCFS and CPS.
• Dire need for funding which supports restorative discipline and restorative justice practices to CBOs. Chicago philanthropic community needs to be educated on the needs of girls and the cyclical effects of unaddressed trauma.
• Need for advocacy training for parents and CBOs in student rights under SB100
• Need for increased knowledge of the services provided by organizations such as the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. – Educational Equity Project, ( to assist students facing expulsion from CPS.
• Need for gender-responsive (strengths based, trauma informed, culturally competent, holistic, relational) programs and services for girls to reduce school suspensions, arrests and court involvement.

As a follow-up to our quarterly meetings we are hosting a “Think Tank” to frame specific action items.

Join Us!

Fostering Success and Reducing Unnecessary Exclusionary School Discipline

Date: Wednesday, April 20th

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
(box lunch provided)

Location: Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP
10924 S. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60628.

Please confirm your attendance by phone (773) 660-1677 or register below

Our next quarterly meeting is scheduled for:

Wednesday, June 15th, 10 a.m. – Noon
Topic: Pillar #2: Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable and Striving Girls
Focus Areas: Homeless Girls, Sex Trafficking, Childhood Trauma & Foster Care

For up-to-date information on upcoming SSCUG meetings, visit SSCUG online:

Girl Know More Kick-off Rally and Sound the Alarm Contest

GKM- Rally Flyer (crop)

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 4 teen girls are infected with at least one of the most common STDs which include HPV—an infection that can cause cancer.

What: The South Side Coalition on Urban Girls (SSCUG) is launching our “Girl…KnoW More” campaign to reduce STD infections among teen girls. Join hundreds of girls in learning how to be a part of the solution at our FREE RALLY! View campaign videos and commercials created by girls, hear from doctors who are concerned about your health, celebrate the winner of our “Sound the Alarm” contest, get answers, and receive free STD and HIV testing by DIVA iMAC John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital. Each girl will receive a tool kit to help empower five (5) friends to “KnoW More!”

When: Wednesday, May 27th, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
6:00 pm (pizza reception, STD/HIV testing), 6:30 pm–7:30 pm (Rally), 7:30 pm–8:00 pm (cookie reception, STD/HIV testing)

Where: Bellevue Ministry Center, 10715 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60628

For more information contact us at (773) 660-1677 or via email at


“Sound the Alarm” Contest

GKM- Contest  and Rally Flyers

South South Coalition on Urban Girls host “Girls Matter” Rally

On July 1st, the South Side Coalition on Urban Girls hosted a “Girls Matter” Rally! Our partners tied ribbons from 63rd to 127th street to symbolize that we not only need to #BringBackOurGirls, but we need to be empowering girls WORLDWIDE. At our “Girls Matter” Rally we wanted to remind every one of the VALUE of girls.

Those 300 girls in Nigeria are still lost, and we refused to toss the #BringBackOurGirls story out like yesterday’s leftovers and trade them in for the latest news headlines and celebrity gossip. However, we have an epidemic of girls being forgotten, not just in Nigeria, but in our OWN communities. Where are the resources and attention for girls in Nigeria, America, and all over? Our girls are too VALUABLE to be cast aside. GIRLS MATTER!

Check out a few pictures below from the rally.