FORGE at Albany Park Multicultural Academy

What is FORGE?


Forging Opportunities Rooted in Growth and Engagement is an out-of-school-time program offered by the local nonprofit North River Commission in collaboration with Bateman Elementary. FORGE is free to all registered students and their parents/guardians/caregivers. FORGE provides all programming and materials free to its participants. FORGE is funded by the North River Commission (NRC), including a grant from Illinois State Board of Education Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC).

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Mrs. Garza: APMA Principal

Mrs. Garza is beginning her 3rd year as principal of APMA. Before becoming principal she was the assistant principal for 6 years. She is passionate about celebrating all the different cultures that comprise Albany Park and helping students find their own voice in their community. A lifelong Chicago resident, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter visiting parks and zoos, and gazing at the Chicago skyline. 

“I am excited to partner with NRC and FORGE to provide students and families with new experiences and learning opportunities. Students should participate in FORGE so that they can learn a fun new skill and share what they know with others.”



Ana Soto: FORGE School Liason

Ana Soto is the School Clerk at Albany Park Multicultural Academy and Forge Liaison. She is Mexican-American, born and raised in Albany Park. She is married and has four children. Ana has been a part of the Albany Park Multicultural Academy team since 2015. Ana is very passionate about her community and making sure that families have the information and resources needed for a successful school year. Using her bilingual abilities she advocates for the families in the APMA community. Ana loves to dance, read, go for long walks at River Park and the beautiful lakefront. Music, beaches, and coffee are some of her favorite things.

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Additional FORGE Staff

Amaranta Cuesta, FORGE School Site Coordinator


Maddie Polovick, FORGE Program Director

Marilyn Carteño, FORGE Parent and Family Programs Manager


Fall 2021 Registration Form

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Fall 2021

FORGE Class Schedule

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Parent and Student Handbook SY Fall 2021-Spring 2021




FORGE Program Partners At Bateman

FORGE Partnerships