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

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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: