FORGE: Forging Opportunities Rooted
in Growth and Engagement

FORGE at 4 Local CPS Schools

North River Commission collaborates with Bateman Elementary, Palmer Elementary, Albany Park Multicultural Academy, and Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center to bring FORGE educational opportunities to students and parents. 

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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FORGE works to close the opportunity gap for the students and communities of our partner schools by creating spaces where participants can share their experiences, connect with their peers and community members, experiment in their learning, and ultimately, have fun!


An educational community where members (students, parents/guardians/caregivers, teachers, staff, community members, etc.) connect authentically and engage in supporting each other’s personal cultures and identities, academic pursuits, and enjoyed interests. 

FORGE Programming Partners

FORGE Partners