Chicago Gifted
Community Center 
creating connections - creating community

Mission and Approach

 

The Chicago Gifted Community Center is a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by parents of gifted children.


The mission of the Chicago Gifted Community Center is to facilitate educational and emotional support for gifted children and their families. More specifically, we strive to be the hand that gifted children and their families reach out to for a sense of belonging and much needed support.  We embrace the difference here. If you're reading this with a sense of longing for community for your quirky child (and yourself) then you'll probably fit in just fine here!

 

We understand how difficult it can be for gifted kids to find a place where they feel they fit; a place where they can be their authentic selves; where they can be welcomed, accepted and valued for who they really are. We also acknowledge that parenting at its best is a social enterprise, but that parents of gifted children are often mute for fear of not being understood.  If you are a family with gifted children, won't you join us in building a supportive gifted community?  Click here for more information.  Tell me more about membership.


Simply put, we at CGCC aim to facilitate communication and connectedness within the greater gifted community - for parents and children alike. We expect to be a dynamic, ever-changing organization in terms of our support offerings to families of gifted children.  Our member-driven community will evolve continually into what its families need in terms of support and events.

 

 

Area Served

 

Because Chicago and its surrounding suburban areas are so large, it is difficult to organize events for gifted children and families that everyone in our region can attend easily.  An event might sound great to you, but if it is 50 miles away, or getting there or home will trap you in rush hour traffic, then you're not likely to go.  It's a problem we've all encountered.  To solve this, CGCC tries to hold events in different regions:

 

  • North Suburban
  • City of Chicago
  • West Suburban
  • South Suburban

 

We hope to have a Regional Coordinator in each region to assist families and organizations. The coordinator can help our members to find one another and also to set up events and activities of interest in that community.  All members are welcome to attend events in any region. 

 

 

 

Benefits for Our Community in General

  • Public blog providing information on giftedness to educate the public at large
  • Private member portions of our website with discussion boards and a database for facilitating connections among families with gifted children
  • Speakers on topics related to gifted children such as asynchrony, intensity and difficulty in finding fit

 

Benefits for Our Children

 

We aim to provide information and resources that support gifted children's social, emotional and academic needs.  This might include, but certainly isn't limited to:

  • Child support programs and activities such as discussion groups or events of interest to gifted children
  • Educational field trips to museums, planetariums, zoos, arboretums, forest preserves, local businesses, FermiLab, government centers, etc.
  • Social time playing games, skating, bowling, scavenger hunts, creating art, building  or just plain hanging out
  • Special interest classes before, during or after school hours or in the summer
  • Facilitating mentor connections between adult experts and special needs gifted children

 

Benefits for Us Weary Parents

  • Create opportunities for gifted children and their families to create self-help and self-support networks
  • Parent support programs and activities such as discussion groups or book series relating to raising gifted children
  • Topical speakers and workshops about giftedness, intensities, exceptionalities and advocacy
  • Lunch with an Expert Series

 

Join us and help create the community you long for now!

 


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