Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Recaps of 2013 College Campus Tour

CASL Associate Board's second annual University Campus Tour was a huge success!  A group of 14 students from the Chinatown area were paired with 14 volunteer mentors, led by organizers from the Associate Board and WIA Youth/CASL staff members Andrew and Ashley. The students are predominantly first generation Asian Americans and many are the first in their family to apply for college.

Students and volunteers attended a Northwestern University information session and guided campus tour in the morning. After lunch at Loyola University, a Loyola student volunteer led a tour of the Loyola. The event ended with a round table discussion amongst students and mentors.  

We are grateful for another strong volunteer participation in this event: each volunteer dedicated 8+ hours on a Saturday. Most importantly, as mentors they provided rich and diverse perspectives on their college experiences and professional careers.  Many volunteers and students expressed an interest in a follow-up event, such as an application review and ACT tutoring.

A special thank you goes to AB member Joe Jerr for helping organize the event and Loyola students Ben Beltran and Kevin Bautista for their campus tour.

Thank you again from CASL and the Associate Board - this event was made possible only with the contribution of all the volunteers!

Come celebrate the arrival of fall with the CASL Associate Board for a special menu at Three Aces, named one of the 38 best Chicago restaurants by Eater Chicago. We've reserved the private room and a delicious roast pig dinner. Join in on the feastand help us toast to the beginning of a new season.

Friday, Nov. 1 @ 7pm

Three Aces
1321 W. Taylor (between Throop & Ada) 

How to get there?
Take pink line : Polk or Blue line : Racine
Limited street parking available
Special Menu:
Whole Roast Pig and Seasonal Sides
Cost with gratuity (drinks not included):
$25 for CASL AB members
(please email KC Lau to obtain discount code)
$30 for non-members 
To register and purchase your tickets: 
Due to Three Aces pig roast reservation policies, please purchase your tickets no later than Friday, Oct. 25.
Limited seating, so sign-up now! 
Questions? Contact:
KC Lau at 312.315.7163 or kclau1977@gmail.com
Lian Cai at 708.466.0764 or liancai2007@gmail.com

With your help, we're making a difference!

A personal thank you from Yuling Wu at CASL for the wonderful school supplies donated at our Art Supply Drive at theWit. 

"The art supplies donated by you all have been well used in the past summer. The SAC children had a Fairy Tales Performance on 8/30/13.

The costumes, props, background setting were all created by using the art materials you all donated!
On behalf of the SAC children and staff, I thank you." - Yuling Wu, CASL School Age Center Coordinator


Thanks for your support at Bone Marrow Drive for Nina!

A bone marrow transplant can save the life of a cancer patient but Asian Americans are very underrepresented in the donor registry.  

Last Saturday, CASL staff, AB volunteers and SaveNina registered 22 new donors for the BeTheMatch registry!  

Thanks for your support.


Do You Want to Get More Involved? Help the Associate Board!

Do you want to be more connected with Chicago's Chinese American community?

Want to meet like-minded individuals and work together to create positive impact?

Interested in giving back to the community and want to find a worthwhile organization to support?

The Associate Board of CASL hosts monthly events that offer opportunities in networking and volunteering. We also have event committees that could use your help. Whether your interest is in networking, educating youths, helping new immigrants acclimate to the city, fundraising, marketing or event planning, we can find a spot for you to be involved. 

Please contact associateboard@caslservice.org.

A Cup of Tea for AB & Rock the ROOF

"Volunteering on Saturday mornings at CASL is the highlight of my week.  It was exciting to combine AB's service mission and COT students in this event."  ~Karen Ng, AB Co-Chair/COT Volunteer since June 2012

A big thank you to all the AB volunteers who attended the Cup of Tea event on August 17.  The special COT session provided students with much needed opportunity for listening and speaking English.  Volunteers received a brief training and conducted one-on-one lessons with students, focusing on conversational skills.  The lesson was followed by a delicious lunch in Chinatown! 

Cup of Tea is the only CASL program that is entirely run by volunteers.  Every Saturday, 10-15 volunteers lead interactive English lessons in small group settings to teach students functional English skills.  Volunteers sign up week to week, and no long term commitment is needed. The next special AB+COT event will be in winter 2014. 

To view the pictures, click http://on.fb.me/1eavoFD

You Rocked the ROOF!

Thank you so much for those who attended AB's Happy Hour Social event at ROOF on theWit on July 11.  The sun was shining and all of us were smiling as we enjoyed the roof top views.  Over 50 attendees contributed over $300 worth of craft supplies and $200 cash for the School Age Center.  

CASL's SAC is part of the Child Education & Development Services Department.  With summer in full swing, SAC has 40-50 students daily in attendance and was in great need of craft supplies for their classrooms.  Our successful event brought them over $500 of supplies: play dough, markers, color pencils, poster board, construction paper, glue sticks, pencils, erasers and pipe cleaners.  The kids are the direct beneficiary of your generosity!

To see what the SAC children did last summer, click here(link).