Chicago Civic Leadership Certificate Program CCLCP

CCLCP Capstone Award for 2010
honors adult literacy grant application

The 2010 Capstone Award went to Andrew Wiltz for his 92-page grant application to the Illinois State Library’s Adult Literacy Program on behalf of Erie Neighborhood House (ENH). ENH serves the West Town, Humboldt Park, and Logan Square neighborhoods as well as parts of Little Village; the majority of its service consumers are Latino/a and many are low-income immigrants who need to develop English language skills in order to work in the U.S. and communicate with non-Spanish-speaking teachers, doctors, law officers, public officials, and others encountered in the course of daily life.  The application created by Andrew sought a $75,000 grant to support an adult volunteer literacy tutoring project to be offered at a number of schools, libraries, and service organizations by ENH.


Andrew’s project required him to collect and appropriately format many pages of complex data required by the grant application. Andrew also wrote the narrative required by the application, explaining the need for grant support and the purposes to which grant funds would be applied. At every step of this long process, Andrew worked collaboratively with Erie Neighborhood House staff.


Shortly after Andrew received the 2010 Capstone Award for his project, CCLCP learned that Erie Neighborhood House had been awarded the grant which was the centerpiece of Andrew’s project. Thanks to Andrew and Erie Neighborhood House, some 200 adults have been able to: receive one-on-one tutoring in English from trained volunteers, learn how to use a public library and obtain a library card; attend workshops on important topics such as parenting, pre­ven­tive health care, and domestic violence; and access opportunities to participate in community life and prepare for employment.


The CCLCP Capstone Award includes a $100 award to the winning student, who also receives an engraved commemorative obelisk. The community partner organization involved in the project also receives a $100 award. The 2010 Capstone Award was underwritten by UIC’s Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement and the McCormick Foundation.