MetroSquash is an out-of-school time program that has a long-term, holistic, proven model of impact serving Chicago Public School students with demonstrated need. Operating on the South side of Chicago in Woodlawn and in Evanston, students enter the program as early as 5th grade and receive support through post-secondary completion. By taking a long-term approach…

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Erie Teen Health Center

Erie Teen Health Center is the Chicago region’s oldest and largest health center dedicated to adolescents ages 12-24 and their children. Since opening in 1985, its mission is to empower youth to take charge of their health and set them on the path to lifelong wellness. The Teen Center offers youth comprehensive medical and behavioral…

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Future Founders

Future Founders believes every youth can become an entrepreneur. We immerse youth in experiences that inspire and empower them to create their own opportunity. We believe this leads to a generation more determined, hopeful and equipped as they engage the future. Since 2005, our programs have served over 35,000 youth. Our national millennial founders have…

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Chicago Math & Science Academy

CMSA is Where Excellence Thrives. Since 2004, our mission has been to prepare students for college and beyond by offering a rigorous curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). CMSA is committed to exciting students about science and technology through Project Lead The Way (PLTW) classes and robotics programming. Our efforts have resulted…

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Intonation kids explore their limitless potential by learning to play instruments and form their own rock bands. Our year-round classes make music accessible to children by providing them with instruments, instruction, mentorship, and the chance to perform on stages across the city. Each Intonation student takes part in a personal and team approach to practice,…

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Tutoring Chicago

Tutoring Chicago

For 53 years Tutoring Chicago has dedicated its mission to empowering economically disadvantaged children through education. With a solid history behind us and an even-stronger future ahead, we offer our constituents the stability of a trustworthy organization. Since beginning in 1965 as Cabrini Green Tutoring Program by a group of dedicated Montgomery Ward employees, the…

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Project SYNCERE (Supporting Youth’s Needs with Core Engineering Research Experiments) is a Chicago-based non-profit whose mission is to prepare the minds and create pathways for underrepresented and disadvantaged students to pursue careers in the STEM fields. First launched in 2009, our program ensures youth from underserved communities have access to opportunities that will inspire and…

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Legacy Charter School

Legacy Charter School

Our mission is to be an outstanding center for teaching and learning for children and their families that recognizes and nurtures the full potential of every child, provides a foundation for a college education, and educates our scholars to be creative and critical thinkers and responsible citizens in school, at home, and in the broader…

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Epic Academy

Epic Academy

Epic Academy is an innovative charter high school that opened its campus on the south side of Chicago in 2009. Epic has a shared commitment to pursue excellence and high expectations for postsecondary success, working towards college and career readiness through a variety of pathways. Currently, we serve more than 540 students in grades 9-12,…

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Christopher House

Christopher House

Christopher House was founded in 1906 during the settlement house movement to support immigrants transitioning to life in America. The agency became a leader in piloting innovative programs such as Head Start in the 1960s and teen parent programs in the 1980s. The last decade at Christopher House has been a time of tremendous growth…

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Chicago Childrens Theater

Chicago Children’s Theatre

Chicago Children’s Theatre (CCT) aspires to enrich our community through diverse and significant theatrical and educational programming that engages and inspires the child in all of us. CCT achieves its mission through the creation of awe-inducing theatrical productions and programs with an emphasis on inclusion, accessibility and affordability; inspiring young people and families to lead…

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IFK has partnered with Chicago Scholars, a two-time beneficiary, to create a pilot internship program for the summer of 2018. This program is geared toward 17-20 year old students in an 8 week long internship and education program assisting both the students and career partners in all areas of career growth and development. The mission…

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Build Chicago

BUILD believes that every child deserves a bright future regardless of individual challenges or neighborhood barriers. To transform children’s lives from at-risk to at-hope, BUILD provides comprehensive services across critical developmental milestones, meeting young people where they are: in the schools, on the streets, or in the courts. Providing continuity in communities that too often…

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Communities In Schools of Chicago

The mission of Communities In Schools of Chicago is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and succeed in life. Our vision is to ensure that each and every Chicago public school student graduates from high school prepared for success. We connect schools with critical programs and services…

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Cradles to Crayons Chicago

Cradles to Crayons was founded in Boston in 2002 with the mission of providing children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive –at home, at school and at play. C2C supplies these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have…

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iMentor Chicago

iMentor pairs students from low-income neighborhoods with a college educated volunteer mentor committed to their success for 3 consecutive years. In Chicago Public Schools, the student to counselor ratio is 303:1 and we shrink that ratio to a 1:1 support relationship. Our mentors and staff, who are also certified college counselors, help to increase college…

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Midtown Educational Foundation

For over 50 years, the Midtown Educational Foundation (MEF) has opened pathways to success for Chicago’s at-risk minority youth. MEF’s comprehensive support has helped thousands of students to overcome the constraints of their neighborhoods and the shortcomings of Chicago’s overburdened school system. Using a holistic approach that supports and builds the entire person from the…

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SGA Youth & Family Services

Founded in 1911 by the pioneering Hull House reformers, today, SGA Youth & Family Services(SGA) helps more than 17,000 children, families and communities a year facing great challenges to achieve their potential. SGA services are provided across Chicagoland, but are concentrated in the south and west sides. Nearly half of Chicagoans are considered to be…

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College Possible

College Possible makes college graduation a reality for capable, low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. We envision a day when the future of America’s children is determined solely by their talent, motivation and effort, not their income. College Possible places students in peer groups with other college-focused students and a trained…

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The Posse Foundation

The Posse Foundation started in 1989 because of one student who said, “I never would have dropped out of college if I had my posse with me.” That simple idea of sending a group of students to college together to act as a support system for one another was the impetus for a program that…

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The People’s Music School

The People’s Music School delivers access to the benefits of high-quality, tuition-free music education to students who could otherwise not afford it. Through intensive instruction and performance (up to 12 hours per week per student), students achieve excellence in music that transfers to other areas in life. They grow musically, socially, emotionally and intellectually, and…

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Urban Initiatives

Urban Initiatives’ mission is to empower Chicago’s youth to become agents of community change through academic success, healthy living, and leadership development. We drive systemic change by connecting stakeholders and strengthening the social fabric of the community. Urban Initiatives takes a collaborative, whole child approach to development in order to provide children with the opportunity…

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Peer Health Exchange

Peer Health Exchange (PHE), is a non-profit organization that gives teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. We do this by training college student volunteers to teach a comprehensive, skills-based health curriculum to students in low-income public high schools. As slightly older peers, PHE volunteers are well-positioned to lead honest conversations…

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Chicago Debate Commission

The Chicago Debate Commission advances the academic achievement, 21st century skills and civic engagement of Chicago’s youth, most of them from under-resourced low income communities, through debate. Building on adolescents’ natural interests in peer learning and argument, debate inspires students to take charge of their learning and find their voice. Our debate program is research-proven…

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Perspectives Charter Schools

Perspectives was founded by two Chicago public school teachers in 1997 and was one of the first five charters in the state of Illinois. At all of our schools, the A Disciplined Life Education Model pairs a rigorous college-prep curriculum with social emotional learning based on the 26 ethical principles of A Disciplined Life. These…

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Bottom Line

Bottom Line partners with first-generation college students from low-income backgrounds to get into college, graduate from college, and successfully launch a career by providing one-on-one guidance and mentoring. Founded in 1997 as a small nonprofit organization supporting 25 high school seniors in Boston, Bottom Line has grown dramatically over the last two decades to now…

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Summer of a Lifetime

Noble Network’s Summer of a Lifetime creates awareness of, provides funding for and supports low-income, minority sophomores to participate in university sponsored academic enrichment programs nationwide. First generation high school students often do not consider college a possibility and face barriers to postsecondary education needing additional supports to realize their potential. Summer of a Lifetime…

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Alain Locke Charter School

Alain Locke is one of Chicago’s first public charter schools and is also one of the country’s most successful. Located in East Garfield Park, Alain Locke serves a population of 568 students in pre-K – 8, which is 100% African-American and 95% low-income.



Embarc is a three-year program that provides community-driven, experienced-based learning opportunities to low-income high school students to inspire and prepare them for college and career success. Embarc’s goal is to drive student success with long-term social and cultural exposure. By engaging school districts, community partners and students, Embarc triggers intrinsic motivation in students, transforms how…

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Intrinsic Schools

As of August 2019, Intrinsic Schools serves 1,000 students in grades 7-12 on one campus in the Hermosa neighborhood, and in Fall 2019 will launch a second campus for grades 9-12 in downtown Chicago. Intrinsic Schools is deeply committed improving education in Chicago. We want school to be a rich, inspiring experience for all students,…

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North Chicago Community Partners

North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) was formed in direct response to the lack of outside support for the academic challenges facing the children of North Chicago – an under-resourced community with public schools that are failing to meet the needs of more than 3,500 school-age children. Through its unique “community school model,” NCCP works in…

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Citizen Schools Illinois

Citizen Schools is dedicated to helping all children discover and achieve their dreams. We enable public middle schools in low-income communities to provide a longer learning day rich with opportunities. A highlight of the program is the 10 week, volunteer-led apprenticeships: real world projects related to science, finance, architecture, the arts, service, media, and various…

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Genesys Works Chicago

The mission of Genesys Works Chicago is to enable economically-disadvantaged high school students to enter and thrive in the economic mainstream by providing them the knowledge and work experience required to succeed as professionals.


The Kitchen Community

The Kitchen Community connects kids to nutritious food by creating Learning Gardens in schools and community organizations across America. Learning Gardens help redefine student connection to food by providing an opportunity to plant, care, harvest, and prepare food in an engaging academic setting. They are designed to be catalysts for community-wide behavioral improvements in childhood…

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LEARN Charter School Network

Beginning with one school in 2002, LEARN Charter School Network has grown into a nationally recognized, successful network of college prep elementary charter schools. After having grown by leaps and bounds over the past several years, LEARN currently has eight K-8 schools serving nearly 3,100 underserved scholars in the Chicago area. Demand for LEARN continues…

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Polaris Charter Academy

The mission of Polaris Charter Academy is to educate students to be self-motivated, creative, critical thinkers, with the ultimate goal of shaping life-long learners and citizens with a strong sense of personal and civic responsibility. Children thrive at Polaris, the only public elementary Expeditionary Learning school in Illinois. Committed, passionate teachers tap into children’s intrinsic…

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Youth Organizations Umbrella

Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.) is a community-based, non-profit organization that empowers youth to be healthy, confident, and upwardly-mobile. Our array of holistic services dramatically improves the social, emotional, and academic skills of low-income youth, enabling these youth to thrive in school, in the community and in life. Since 1971, we have positively impacted the lives…

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Chicago Youth Programs

Chicago Youth Programs (CYP) provides long-term, comprehensive programming to at-risk youth that is aimed at improving their health and life opportunities. Our goal for each child is that they escape poverty through higher education and career success. Working with youth ages 3-25 in three of Chicago’s most economically challenged neighborhoods–Near North/Cabrini Green, Washington Park, and…

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Have Dreams

Founded in 1996 by seven families and two dedicated teachers to address the lack of after-school opportunities for children with autism, Have Dreams provides year-round programs for children, teens and young adults with autism. We aspire to help individuals with autism improve their abilities to learn, function independently and socialize so that they may realize…

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LINK Unlimited

The mission of LINK Unlimited is to provide educational college preparatory opportunities for economically disadvantaged African-American high school youth. In so doing, it integrates mentoring relationships, service initiatives, and leadership development to foster academic success, personal development and interracial understanding and harmony.



Marwen educates and inspires under-served Chicago youth through the visual arts. To fulfill this mission, Marwen offers programs in visual arts, college readiness, and career exploration, in addition to multiple exhibition and employment opportunities for Chicago artists. We make sure families who are struggling to make ends meet, or have children in under-served schools, can…

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Reading In Motion

Reading In Motion’s mission is to get every at-risk student reading at or above grade level in the first years of school through the power and discipline of the arts. We advance this mission through year long training, coaching and supporting of kindergarten and first grade classroom teachers, as they deliver our program, available in…

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Umoja equips young people to succeed in college and confidently claim their future. We do this by partnering with public schools in Chicago to increase attendance and college enrollment, reduce violence, and nurture academic achievement. Umoja was founded on the belief that all young people deserve access to educational experiences that will prepare them to…

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Year Up

Year Up is a one-year education and job-training program for urban young adults ages 18-24. Our mission is to close the Opportunity Divide—the gap between those who have access to education, resources, and living-wage employment, and those who do not. Two sides of a city, worlds apart. We are wasting talent when we can’t afford…

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Chicago Cares

Chicago Cares Youth in Service Program creates volunteer experiences that mobilize and inspire youth to make Chicago a stronger community. Young people ages 8-18 develop a stronger connection to their community by learning about social issues that impact Chicago and engaging in meaningful service activities that make a difference. The result is a new generation…

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Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund

The mission of the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund is to give high school scholarship assistance and educational support to Chicago students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. DMSF seeks to make a life-altering difference in the lives of its Scholars by providing them with the best opportunity to succeed in high school and college. We believe education…

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Namaste Charter School

Namaste Charter School makes a measurable difference in children’s lives by implementing and sharing a groundbreaking approach to education that combines health and wellness with academic rigor in a peaceful environment. By breaking down the barriers to good health and improving opportunities for high academic achievement, Namaste allows each and every student to reach his…

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One Goal

One Goal identifies and trains highly effective teachers to lead underperforming high school students in low-income communities to enroll in and graduate from college. We envision a day when every student has the opportunity to graduate from college.


One Million Degrees

One Million Degrees empowers low-income, highly motivated community college students to succeed in school, in work, and in life. The IEF provides our scholars with comprehensive, personalized student supports, including tutoring, academic advising, mentoring, staff support, financial assistance, and life skills training, so that they excel in college and beyond.


Open Books

Open Books is a nonprofit social venture that operates an extraordinary bookstore, provides community programs, and mobilizes passionate volunteers to promote literacy in Chicago and beyond. We enrich lives through reading, writing, and the TRANSFORMATIVE power of used books.


Teen Living

Our mission is to create hope and opportunity for youth who are homeless by assisting them to permanently leave the streets, secure stable housing, and build self-sufficient, satisfying lives.


Bear Necessities

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation was founded in late 1992 by Kathleen A. Casey. The foundation is named in memory of her eight year old son, Barrett “Bear” Krupa, who died after a courageous five and a half year battle with Wilms Tumor, a pediatric cancer. The organization’s mission is to eliminate pediatric cancer and…

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Chicago Run

Founded in late 2007 to aid in the fight against childhood obesity, Chicago Run’s mission is to promote the health and wellness of Chicago children through innovative, engaging, and sustainable youth running programs. Over the past 9 years, Chicago Run has experienced significant growth in its programs due to the demand for physical activity programs…

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Chicago Scholars

Few people know that Chicago has almost as many college drop outs as college graduates. Chicago Scholars is working to dramatically improve the college graduation rate among Chicago’s first generation, low income and underserved youth by helping them match to good fit colleges, providing adult, peer and career mentors and by assisting them with financial…

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HighSight provides scholarships to highly-motivated, low income students to attend private, college preparatory high schools. In addition to financial support, HighSight “goes another mile” to assist students academically and socially through many programs to prepare them for college. Some of these programs include: academic study sessions throughout the school year, summer enrichment experiences, leadership development…

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KIPP Ascend Charter School

Founded in 2003, KIPP Ascend is part of the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) offering a free, high-quality public education to 420 students in grades 5 through 8 and kindergarten from the Austin, West Garfield Park, and North Lawndale neighborhoods on Chicago’s West Side. Our mission is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and…

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Primo Center

The Primo Center for Women and Children is a community agency founded by the late Bishop Quintin Primo, Jr., dedicated to children and families in West Garfield Park and the surrounding neighborhoods. As the Primo Center transforms from a stand-alone interim housing shelter for homeless families to a multi-program social services organization, we are engaging…

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Snow City Arts

Snow City Arts is a pioneering program that provides arts, cultural, and educational programming to hospitalized kids unable to attend school because of serious illness. Distinguishing itself from other hospital-based arts programs — and recognized by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities as one of the 15 best youth programs in the United…

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Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center

The Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (CCAC) mission is to unite public, private and community partners to ensure the safety, health and well-being of abused children. The CCAC opened in 2001 and serves as a central location for intake, investigation and follow-up for victims of sexual abuse, ages 0-17, and severe physical abuse, ages 0-3, in…

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Starlight Children’s Foundation Midwest

Starlight Children’s Foundation Midwest helps seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities.


Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

NFTE Chicago (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) provides entrepreneurship education programs to young people from Chicago’s low-income communities. Over 2,000 Chicago Public School students in 40 schools participate in NFTE’s “mini-MBA” program on an annual basis. NFTE engages students in school, teaches them about the market economy, the business plan creation process and fosters an entrepreneurial…

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Horizons for Youth

Horizons for Youth is a community committed to helping children recognize and achieve their full potential. In partnership with dedicated families, we provide need-based scholarships, one-on-one mentoring and enrichment programs.


Children’s Oncology Services

Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. (COSI) believes that a diagnosis of cancer should not prevent a child from experiencing the simple joys of childhood. Through the One Step At A Time programs, COSI offers camp experiences and educational programs throughout the year that allow children with cancer to just be kids. Our programs offer fun, friendship…

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Academy for Global Citizenship

The Academy for Global Citizenship is a unique Chicago Public Contract school located on the southwest side of Chicago. Our mission is to empower and nurture children with a broader understanding of the world around them and the positive role they can play in it.

Chicago Children's Choir

Chicago Children’s Choir

Founded in 1956 during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC) is a nonprofit organization committed to peacefully uniting a diverse world through education, musical expression and excellence. CCC serves 3,500 singers throughout Chicago, ages 8 to 18, who reflect the City’s cultural, racial, and socioeconomic diversity. With programs in 71…

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