Warriors had an exciting After Opps session to kick off the new year!


The Music in the Community group visited some iconic local music sites including Fitzgerald’s Nightclub, Wire, and Val’s Halla Record Store for some tours and rockin’ karaoke. Thanks so much to these wonderfully generous community partners!

The Farming group peeled garlic, cooked a meal for a friend in need, and helped plan the produce for the upcoming growing season. Floor Hockey practiced hockey drills and faced off in some scrimmages. Book Club read books and also wrote some of their own original stories.


Community Opps teamed up with Trinity Volunteer Corps last week to plan, cook, and serve a delicious meal to our friends at the Ronald McDonald House at Loyola! Warriors also learned about the qualities of a good leader, discussed the meaning of “community”, and researched future organizations that we would like to volunteer with. “I want to help raise money for the ALS Walk” – Eliza Grahnke. “I like that we are going to help others. There are a lot of community places we want to help.” -Rebecca McIntyre

Warriors activated Zen mode while getting a great stretch workout in Yoga. We didn’t let the cold stop us from getting some friendly competition going in Indoor Team Sports. In Tie-Dye, Warriors designed and created their own stylish, colorful shirts.


Our Friday hobby groups had something for everybody. The cooking group’s theme this session was Stew in honor of the OK Chili Cook-Off. Warriors made a variety of delicious stew’s and chili’s, most of them vegetarian. Warriors got creative with DIY Crafts creating many different art projects to take home.

We also visited our friends at FFC Oak Park and took on the climbing wall in Rock Climbing while Warriors in the Sitcom group re-created scenes from some of their favorite sitcoms and movies including High School Musical, Two and a Half Men, and Friends.


Check out our Warrior spin on some of our favorite sitcoms below.

Warrior Quotes:

“Cooking was my favorite because I love making new stuff and cooking with my friends and staff.” – Georgia Hunter


“My favorite was Community Opps and DIY Crafts. I love Arts and Crafts activities. We made some calm bottles with food coloring, oil, and baking soda. It was very good.” – Karisa Reyna

Thank you, Steve!

This session had a bittersweet end as we said farewell to After Opps Director Steve Compere, who accepted a teaching job with Chicago Public Schools. We played sports and video games and had a special dinner celebration to send him off. We will miss him, but we wish Steve the best of luck and thank him for his service to the OK Mission the past few years!

Thanks for a great Winter 1 session, Warriors! We are looking forward to much more fun in Winter 2 with Farming, Community Fitness, All About Me, Gala Spotlight, Community Opportunities, Gala crafts, Winter Olympics, Where’s the Beef, Karaoke, Science, and Community Scavenger Hunt!