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826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

Carlson Community Services operates the Magic After-school Place (MAP), which was begun in 2006 to meet the after-school care needs of working parents in the culturally and economically diverse Irving Park community.

The Chicago Ballet Center seeks to implement a hybrid of artistry, athleticism, and culture within the diverse communities of Chicago to help young people grow and develop as mature individuals, creative artists, and thoughtful community members.

Cool Classics! uses classic books to connect children to a unified world of reading, art, culture and ideas. An award-winning journalist, who substitute teaches in the Chicago Public Schools, designed Cool Classics! to mix pedagogy and play for small groups of elementary public school students in an after-school setting.

Hip-Hop Detoxx provides services for teens and young adults. Their solutions consider the social, emotional, healthy development of urban youth and the need for interplay between the community. They believe if the community is collaborative, the healthy development of urban youth is cultivated. Hip-Hop Detoxx's mission is to help strengthen socio-emotional life skills development amongst youth that are at risk of being predisposed to disproportionately high risk factors.

Project: VISION, Inc.'s mission is to provide youth in the Bridgeport / Chinatown areas of Chicago with tools for educational, professional, personal, interpersonal, and civic development.

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The mission is to restore the path of youth engaging in negative behavior due to gang affiliation and activity by providing boxing, mentoring, spiritual development, media engagement, and love.

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Beyond the Ball is an organization that uses the power of sport to change lives, give hope, reclaim space and develop a culture of opportunities for youth and families in Chicago. They develop youth through a number of programs that help change the negative norms present in neighborhoods and replace them with a positive culture. 

Chicago Training Center (CTC) strives to become a Chicago Institution for underserved youth. Through the competitive sport of rowing, the Chicago Training Center will develop leadership skills and provide opportunities for more at-risk youth to become physically fit. By providing supplemental health education and tutoring programs, the CTC will continue to help our teenage participants improve personal nutrition and reach their academic potential.

Our mission and vision is simple, impact the lives of today's youth through quality programming. Hence we partner  with the Chicago Public Schools and grassroot organizations and groups. 

Chicago Youth Development Program/Gonzo Soccer is a soccer and leadership academy founded in Chicago that provides girls ages 5-16 in underserved communities premier soccer training, academic assistance and valuable life skills that will foster their growth and empower them to reach their full potential as athletes and students.

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Green Star Movement inspires students and community members to design and realize public art. This interactive process builds teamwork and self-esteem in the participants, and revitalizes urban neighborhoods.

Shanti Foundation creates high quality arts education experiences in which participants learn the basic skills and principles of an art form through a collaborative art-making experience.

Sunlight African Community Center's (SACC) mission is to aid and assist African immigrant youth in all aspects of community development and empowerment. We strive to provide a safe educational, social, recreational, and cultural haven for youth and adults. During the past eleven years, SACC has been serving the community's youth, ages 6 to 13, through the Echi-di-ime Youth Development Program, which provides after school and summer school programs.

The First Tee of Greater Chicago chapter is a 501 (c) 3 charitable foundation dedicated to teaching the golf and life skills curriculum to young people in a service area that covers: I-355 east to Lake Michigan, north to the Wisconsin border and south to Interstate 80.

The Peace Corner Youth Center organization is located in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's Westside. Originally established to provide the neighborhood youth a safe haven from gang violence and drug dealing, The Peace Corner has grown into a community center that provides employment services, GED classes, basic skill development, basketball leagues, legal counseling, mentoring, tutoring, and hope for all that are willing to take a step in a positive direction.

The Young Men's Educational Network provides academic coaching, long-term mentoring, entrepreneurial training, summer camping, and college financial assistance for 100 young men, ages 12-18, in the North Lawndale community.

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Art Therapy Connection (ATC) provides art psychotherapy to students within their school setting who have been identified as at risk of failure socially, emotionally and academically and who are currently not receiving any mental health services.

The Christ Center of Truth afterschool program "Gateway To Success" reaches out to the children and youth of Englewood. Homework help, tutoring in reading, writing and math by qualified staff.  We also include educational movies, interesting field trips in and out of Chicago, arts and crafts, spelling bees, light snacks and much more. 

Since 2001, CircEsteem's mission has been to unite youth from diverse racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds and help them build self-esteem and mutual respect through the practice of circus arts.

The mission of Erie Elementary Charter School (EECS) is to nurture and empower students to successfully and productively engage in the local community and broader society. EECS is a community where students, parents and educators work together to develop children who are confident in their culture and ethnic origin, bi-literate in Spanish and English, achieve academic excellence and are firmly placed on a path to higher education.

Graffiti Zone is an after-school arts program for underserved youth. Its purpose is to create a safe environment in which kids can connect with themselves and their community through art making and arts promotion. Graffiti Zone aims to make use of art as a powerful tool for change in the West Humboldt Park community of Chicago.

Hooked On Drums brings the upbeat, inspiring rhythms of African djembe drumming from the Malinke people in Guinea, West Africa to kids in urban Chicago. They offer Hooked On Drums classes and youth drum performances through the Chicago Park District, local schools and community organizations.

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Intonation Music Workshop empowers children to become rock stars on every stage in life through innovative music education. Using donated instruments and a unique pop-band curriculum, our after-school and summer music program provides kids age 6-17 in Chicago's underserved communities with access to instruction and performance opportunities in a safe and positive environment.

JMI a Christian nonprofit which strives to help underserved respect the intellectual strength provided through education, and provide enrichment through the arts and athletics. Their programs and activities nurture and support academic success, build character and integrity, and promote the overall well being of our youth. We provide comprehensive and customized academic, social, mental, physical and vocational programs and mentoring to meet the needs of our participants.

New Life Centers of Chicagoland provide neighborhood-based Centers that connect youth and young adults with Christ and Community through mentoring, education, and sports.

OneGoal Graduation (formerly Urban Students Empowered) is an organization dedicated to providing low-income urban high school students with the resources, support, and network necessary to make higher education a reality. OneGoal Graduation fulfills this mission by providing comprehensive, program-based Fellowships to groups of students in low-income schools in Chicago and sets itself apart as one of the only college access programs in the country that invests in previously underperforming students.

SkyART's mission is to provide youth with an accessible, safe place to participate in quality visual arts programs. In pursuing this mission, they are guided by three core values: Youth Enrichment, Creativity, and Accessibility.

Of the more than 100 community art centers established by the WPA, the SSCAC is the only surviving art center and the oldest African-American art center in the United States. The mission of the SSCAC is to provide arts education to our local community, maintain and grow our permanent collection of original African-American artwork dating back to the 1940's, provide exhibition and gallery space to local artists, develop a body of collectors, and increase opportunities for African-American Artists. 

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Bethel Family Programs of New Life Centers of Chicagoland empowers West Humboldt Park youth to live life to its fullest. After-school and summer programs provide children ages 4-12 with tutoring and activities to foster the whole child, as well as serving teens ages 13-19 with college preparation, technology training, and recreation. Play spaces for infants and career assistance for parents encourage the whole family to attend, working together to achieve their goals.

The Blue Sky Employment Program provides homeless and at-risk youth with twelve weeks of paid, supportive employment at Blue Sky Bakery & Café. Youth gain valuable experience in cooking, baking, maintaining a sanitary work environment, delivering catering orders, customer service and cash-handling.

For over 30 years, Centro Romero has been a community-based organization that serves the refugee immigrant population on the northeast side of Chicago. Its Youth Learning and Leadership Program provides intensive after-school programs for academic support, tutoring, recreational and cultural activities for children.

Since 1978 the Chicago Area Runners Association -- CARA, a non-profit organization has been dedicated to running advocacy in Chicago and suburbs.  Starting as the local running club, CARA has grown into the organization that championed the running movement across Chicagoland. We help runners run better, farther, faster and with more fun by clearing paths to a wealth of training, social, outreach and advocacy programs, while promoting friendships and personal fulfillment.

Cooperative Image Group provides public arts education programs for 500 youth, ages 8-21 using professional artists to provide after-school and summer fine arts and marketing training. They also provide community gardens for an estimated 200 residents in Humboldt Park and West Chicago. 

Corazón a Corazón is a non-profit organization that serves the Latino community. They offer one-on-one ESL tutoring and an after-school program, both of which are volunteer-based. Corazón believes that education is key to advancing and empowering our community and transforming the world, one person at a time.

Dime Child Foundation's mission is to provide resources and services to at-risk, low-income students that would ensure them hope for a promising future. Through programs that emphasize the importance of education, mentoring and leadership, youth are encouraged to seek their highest level of potential. 

The Hudson Academy Foundation provides a fitness martial arts program for residents of the Village of Robbins (south suburb) and surrounding communities. Other programming includes basketball, summer camp, before- and after-school care, and cheerleading for 50 children and youth, ages 4-16.

InnovaTeen's mission is to connect high school students with professional entrepreneurs and leaders in the business world. They seek to give a fun, hands-on experience of what it's like to create, build and work in a business.

Kids Off the Block's mission is to provide at-risk, low-income youth positive alternatives to gangs, drugs, truancy, violence, and the juvenile justice system.

KidzExpress provides educational and recreational field trips, tutoring, physical recreation, career and academic counseling, arts and crafts, life management skills, camps and retreats, and a post-high school education fund for 70 at-risk children and youth, ages 5-18, in Austin.

Make A Difference Youth Foundation Provides technology-oriented after school tutoring and extracurricular programs for elementary students, and college prep for high school students from across Chicago. 

M.A.D.E. is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 2001. Our main focus involves utilizing various multifunctional programs to assist at risk youth who range in age from 9-14 years old to establish a positive and productive lifestyle. Their mission is to develop at risk youth into leaders through Leadership Development Programs and create positive role models using sports.

Team programs address the need for establishing and maintaining structured activities for disadvantage, low-income, inner city children. Their programs provide a safe environment that foster positive peer interactions, teamwork, positive adult interactions, and respect for authority.

The Cambridge School's after-school program, The Ambassadors Club, seeks to increase self-discipline, parental involvement, and academic performance for 45 students, ages 3-8.

Union Avenue Community Outreach is a community youth outreach agency that seeks to promote and facilitate racial reconciliation and positive youth development through programs for youth from 7th grade to age 21 in Chicago's New City community.

Urban Initiative's mission is to empower Chicago?s youth to become agents of community change through academic success, healthy living, and leadership development. They drive systemic change by connecting stakeholders and strengthening the social fabric of the community.

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Bethany Brethren Community Center runs youth programs focused on improving student achievement in the East Garfield Park community. The Center provides homework assistance and arts education four days a week during the school year and five days a week during school vacations and the summer for 100 elementary-age children.

Founded in 1989, the Cluster Tutoring Program provides free one-on-one tutoring to more than 60 school-age youth, grades one through 12, from the Austin community in Chicago.

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Positive Paths vision is a community of culturally vital youth who are knowledgeable, capable, responsible, and respectful to themselves, their families, and the community. To attain this vision, Positive Paths mission is to create a safe, positive, and empowering environment for Native youth to learn and live in wellness.

In Chicago's East Garfield Park, where disinvestment has left the neighborhood devoid of opportunity and full of broken dreams, Breakthrough is restoring the broken networks of youth and families and empowering adults in the community to achieve self-sufficiency and break the cycle of poverty.

Chinese Mutual Aid's Youth Department provides after-school tutoring, leadership development, and other recreational activities for 94 immigrant and refugee children and youth, ages 4-19, in the Uptown community. 

Using a direct instructional approach that connects every day life to music, the DMDL Curriculum helps students improve perceptive listening, critical thinking and creative participation skills. Through practical application and integrated, standards-based content, the curriculum addresses national and state goals for reading, math and fine arts.

Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

New Horizons for Youth serves 250, impoverished children and youth, kindergarten through college, living in Chicago's South and West Sides through out-of-school-time tutoring, life management skills workshops, recreational activities, and counseling. Meals and snacks are provided as well as parent education services. 

For more than 18 years, Open Studio Project has provided dynamic, award-winning arts programming in a welcoming atmosphere of supportive non-interference - free of all comment and critique.

Starfish Learning Center is a non-profit organization founded in 1997. They educate, empower, and mentor at-risk youth in the areas of character development, academic proficiency, spiritual formation and social-emotional intelligence, empowering them to overcome and eliminate the limiting factors that lead to at-risk behavior and to secure a bright and promising future.

The Beloved Community's Excellence in Education program provides evening and weekend tutoring, academic enrichment, college exploration, college application and admission support, college test preparation, and scholarship and financial aid counseling for 50 African-American youth, grades 6-12.

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Chicago SCORES mission is to inspire a lasting dedication to education, healthy living and civic responsibility in urban children.

Girls in the Game (GIG) provides and promotes sports and fitness opportunities, nutrition and health education and leadership development to enhance the overall health and wellbeing of all girls in Chicago.

The JHP Community Center's mission is to help youth commit to a life-long pursuit of self-development through service to one another and their communities. This is done through youth-led programs, and the use of the comprehensive community and school-based curriculum called the A-CLASS Learning System.

Saving a Childhood Foundation is organized to encourage children to chase their dreams and be productive members of their communities, SACF programs target at-risk youth, ages 7-18.

Based on the Montessori Philosophy, the South Harper Montessori School cares, nurtures and educates children utilizing hands-on, minds-on activity oriented strategies.

The mission of the Sue Duncan Children's Center is to transform the lives of children by nurturing their academic, athletic, and artistic growth. The Center builds safe, supportive communities that strengthen families and motivate children to succeed.

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The mission at Blessed Sacrament is to support and nurture the lives of the young people of North Lawndale so that they will grow to become happy and productive citizens. They do this by offering our youth a wide variety of educational, sports and recreational programming with a particular emphasis on programming emphasizing self-responsibility, accountability and personal achievement.

Pros Arts Studio is pro-art... and pro-community. Since 1978, they have brought artists and communities together through programs in the visual, performing, and media arts for all ages and all levels in schools, libraries, theaters, parks, and community centers.

The Southside Educational Center for Youth is committed to helping youth become responsible, productive, and engaged citizens.

The Learning Network Center, serving the Austin community, arguably the city's largest and most troubled neighborhood, the Learning Network Center has helped kids beat the odds since its founding in 1972.

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Agape's Victory Club after-school program provides personalized needs assessment and opportunities for education enhancement, homework assistance, crafts, performing arts, physical fitness and social development.

Created in 1994 and administered by the AKArama Foundation, F.A.M.E. (Families As Mentoring Entities) is a community service, after school program serving students, grades 3rd through 6th, in the Dixon and Pirie elementary schools in the Chatham neighborhood.

Our mission is to be fully devoted to Jesus by opening our arms to those in search of the truth. We show God's love and concern for our fellow man at every opportunity. Through works of charity and opening our doors to listen and love, we feel that we are walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.

Open Book is one of the programs of the Institute of Positive Living. Open Book is a multifaceted after-school program for young adolescents in which participants are engaged in activities that encourage the development of reading, 
writing and critical thinking skills.

West Humboldt Park Center for Performing Arts (WHPCPA) brings music, dance, and drama to children living on the West Side of Chicago, from Kedzie to Pulaski and from Augusta to Ferdinand.

Other Past Programs

Dream Big Mentoring and Outreach will provide youth with consistent, caring mentors, they will learn life skills and develop core values through exposure to the arts and the world of school and work. Mentors will learn how to use teachable moments to illustrate these values.

Gads Hill Center is a community-based family resource center serving Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.

San Miguel School is an alternative school for grades six through eight which offers after-school, evening and family outreach programs that provide mentoring, tutoring, scholarship support, sports and field trips. A

The Youth Technology Corps, Inc. provides 100 youth, grades 9-12, with access to technology resources and skills through school-based programs in Chicago, and seeks to enable youth to provide tech service to low-income communities and experience other cultures