We love our Lincoln Square neighborhood, and we love Lincoln Square kids! In fact, jookie loves kids everywhere, and as many of you already know, we love to HELP kids. Help us help more kids through a NEW photo event geared toward (you guessed it) some sillyseriousLOVE.
Remember the Disney animated film Rescuers?? About a group of international mice who “never fail to do what is right” on the behalf of children in need?
As members of The Rescue Aid Society, Miss Bianca and Bernard (voices provided by Eva Gabor and Bob Newhart) respond to a call to help a kidnapped orphan named Penny who is being held prisoner by a horrible treasure hunter. Of course, the movie ends heroically and happily with Penny being saved and even adopted by a caring family.
I can’t be certain that there’s NOT an internationally mouse-run organization, but I know that we have a rescue aid society of sorts right here in Chicago: The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights.
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children. Guided by the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and state and federal child protection laws, the Young Center has developed the only program in the nation that provides guardians ad litem (Child Advocates) for trafficking victims and unaccompanied immigrant children. Their work serving individual children drives their policy work.
I was interested to become a Child Advocate for them, which is an adult who volunteers to spend time with and advocate on behalf of an individual unaccompanied immigrant child while he or she is subject to immigration proceedings. However, currently, they only have need for fluent Spanish speakers, and my Spanish is definitely not good enough. (Qué lástima!) Thinking about how I might still be able to help, I realized I can hold an event like our Halloween Costume Contest to raise money and awareness of another wonderful organization that helps kids.
The Young Center helps children who come to America from all over the world. Unaccompanied and separated immigrant children—also called children on the move—are children who travel to the United States without their parents from all around the globe: Central America, Mexico, China, India, Romania, and Sierra Leone, just to name a few. They travel alone, via smugglers (coyotes), or under the control of traffickers. The children come for many reasons—they are fleeing political upheaval, extreme poverty, child labor, and abusive homes. Some children are sent to the United States by their families. Some children come hoping and expecting to reunite with family members here.
Most are teenagers, but some children are much younger—11 years old, 9 years old, 5 years old or 18 months. Children apprehended at the border or at ports of entry are in almost every case placed in removal proceedings: formal court proceedings in which an immigration judge will decide whether or not the children (who carry the burden of proof) can prove they have the right to remain in the United States. If they can’t prove their eligibility to remain in the US, they will be repatriated to their country of origin. In most cases, these children must navigate the immigration system alone, without an attorney, Child Advocate, or any other adult to help them.
As you can see, these kids need people to look out for them, people who “never fail to do what is right”. Even though I can’t be Miss Bianca myself, I would like to help those who are already providing much needed support and knowledge to guide these kids through a challenging and uncertain process.
One of the things I love about the Lincoln Square neighborhood is that this community loves to help kids in need, too. I bet we can get 50-100 kids to join us Friday, June 2nd 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday, June 3rd 9 am to 1 pm for Square Kid Quick Takes and raise $1000-2000 for The Young Center.
Kids will be encouraged to make funny/silly faces and in the process we’ll get lots of awesome expressions including real smiles. For just $20 per individual child, which we’ll donate to The Young Center, parents will receive a 5×5 signature jookie portrait of each participating kiddo.
Additional art offerings will be available through online viewing at extra special pricing. Kids can choose from four lovely Spring colors for their background: violet, pink, turquoise and sage green.
Let’s help make a difference for kids who don’t have their own adults advocating for them. And let’s create some sillyseriousLOVE while we do it.
jookie, a portrait boutique, inc. 4656 N. Rockwell Street Chicago, IL 60625
A children’s, family and baby photography studio located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago, created in 2006 by Jill Liebhaber, veteran Chicago kids photographer of over 15 years, focused on creating custom art work for homes.
Serving nearby neighborhoods of Lakeview, Bucktown, Ravenswood, Andersonville, Edgewater, Lincoln Park, West Loop, River North, Old Town, Gold Coast and Downtown. We also have families who come to us for kid and family photos from LaGrange, Hinsdale, Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Elmhurst, Oak Park, and even out of state like Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and California.
We specialize in silly serious LOVE ™.