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Chase23 Youth Empowerment Mentoring Program
From the web site; "Chasing23 Youth Empowerment Group mentoring program mission is to build respect and unity among young people, introduce and help develop life-skills, as well as provide a network of support." This is a 10 week course offered at Chicago schools.

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Cops & Kids Chess Initiative - Chicago
From the web site: "The Chicago Public Schools and Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation, in partnership with the Chicago Police Department, developed the Cops & Kids Chess initiative as a year-round after-school program for elementary and high school students which includes a tournament with police officers and student players. The program is intended to promote non-violence and increase positive relationships with youth and police officers while utilizing the game of chess as the vehicle for engagement."

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I Am We: Inspiring Chicago - Chicago Voices
From the web site: "Mission: To inspire, empower and promote community engagement in underserved communities and the greater Chicagoland area through the medium of storytelling, art programming, advocacy and strategic partnerships.

Chicago Voices is a co-ed, digital storytelling program that introduces students to the fundamentals of filmmaking, communication, and literary development. This is a co-ed program, ages 12-14 (middle school) and 14-18 (high school)." This is one of several programs offered at schools and community based organizations in Chicago.

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Math Motivators Tutoring Program -
This program was launched in Conneticut and came to Chicago in 2017. It operates in one school thus far. Here's a description from the web site: "The Math Motivators program relies solely on professional actuaries and college student volunteers. The students served do not have access to tutoring, or cannot afford it. The Math Motivators Program provides math tutoring in the high schools, free of charge."

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Big Shoulders Fund - Stock Market Program
From the web site: "Big Shoulders Fund developed the Stock Market Program to bring business professionals into eighth grade classrooms to teach basic concepts related to the stock market, investing, and careers in business. Under the leadership of Big Shoulders Fund Directors Charlie Bobrinskoy and Jim Hoeg, students in the program build a virtual portfolio tied to actual financial incentives for their school. Starting with 12 schools back in 2007, the program has expanded to 46 schools for the 2014-2015 school year."

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Black Star Project - Student Motivation and Mentoring Program
From the web site: "The Black Star Project (TBSP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, action-based organization founded in 1996 to provide educational services that improve the lives of less-advantaged Black communities and to close the racial academic achievement gap. The Black Star Project's Student Motivation and Mentoring Program (SMMP), launched in 1996, is a school-based motivational speaking and whole-classroom-mentoring model.

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Bounce for Joy Project
From the web site: "Our program is an adult-supervised mentors in art, fitness and stem activities mobile program. BFJP concept is delivered on-site in schools, summer camps, churches and community centers, which we provide 6 or 8 weeks three component program. The program includes mentoring art, fitness internship, and college prep for ages 16-18 that challenge youth.

BFJP mentor and arts programs educate youth on how to relieve stress and anger. We raise awareness of solutions on early intervention in stress relief, anxiety and anger management."

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Camp of Dreams After School Program
From the web site: "Camp of Dreams is designed for underserved youth and aims to offer the life-skills that will enable these children to successfully meet the challenges they face in everyday life. Camp of Dreams creates a culture of teamwork, self-respect, independence, compassion, and healthy living." Camp of Dreams is conducting and after-school program at Bronzeville Lighthouse Academy, five days a week, with about 30 regular participants.

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Changing Worlds - Afterschool Arts and Writing Programs
From the web site: "Changing Worlds exists to foster inclusive communities through oral history, writing and art programs that improve student learning, affirm identity and enhance cross-cultural understanding.

Our programming integrates writing, oral history, drama, dance and visual art into uniquely designed curriculums to examine culture, family history and community. This dynamic approach helps participants explore their own backgrounds, promotes cultural understanding and strengthens academic and artistic skills. Our Teaching Artists and Literacy Specialists bring a wealth of professional experience to the classroom and after-school setting. They introduce students to unique cultural perspectives through their artistic mediums and approaches to writing. "

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Chicago Public Libraries offer drop in homework help (as of 2018)
From the web site: "Since Sept. 2017 drop-in homework help is available for children and their parents at CPL locations citywide. Certified teachers and trained homework helpers get kids focused and help them find the right learning strategies and the best resources for finishing their homework assignments."

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Cool Classics - a reading program
From the web site: "Cool Classics! works with public elementary school students to promote critical thinking and a love of literature. We focus on just one classic book at a time, and in 20 to 25 sessions of varied activities, we build a universe of art, culture, humanities, and thematic ideas around that book. Literally, our students are led to experience how the text of a book opens up a whole world of creative imagination, sharpening the skills one needs for succeeding in the real world."

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Desire to Aspire - Mentoring for Girls
From web site: "Our mentoring efforts are focused on providing elementary through high school youth with college-aged women mentors and role models who care and are willing to help them succeed. Our group mentoring style allows our mentees to make deep bonds with multiple role models who provide diverse perspectives, experiences and knowledge." Chapter in Evanston, IL. works with Oakton and Willard Elementary Schools.

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Driven and Empowered Youth
From the web site: "Driven and Empowered Youth (D.E.Y) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational resources to our youth and their families. We have helped hundreds of kids achieve more than they ever thought they could through our after-school tutoring programs. Our educators are hard working, dedicated and motivators to the students. We have seen our students who have experienced this program to gain a sense of confidence that has helped them in the classroom and beyond.

Our after-school academic programs currently serve six schools in the Chicagoland area. They are Amundsen, Foreman, Kelvyn Park, Mather, Steinmetz, and Senn High Schools. In addition to tutoring, we also offer PSAE/ACT Test Prep, homework assistance and diverse enrichment activities that promote positive social skills."

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Girls Rule - informal education programs for girls 7-18
From the web site: "Girls Rule! is a goal driven organization whose mission is to empower and aid in the self development of young ladies, ages 7 – 18 who reside in urban communities. Girls Rule! develops research-based informal education programs that encourage girls to take risks and master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges. Major programs address math and science education, pregnancy, drug abuse and HIV prevention, leadership, media literacy, economic literacy, adolescent health, violence prevention and healthy lifestyles."

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Literature for All of Us
From the web site: "Literature for All of Us brings the rewards of reading and writing through book group discussions to young people in underserved neighborhoods. We build communities of readers, writers, and artists. We develop family literacy by providing children’s literature and child development resources to teen parents. We open worlds by opening books.

TOGETHER, WE...Provide trauma-informed literacy support for more than 800 participants ages 12+ | Facilitate 27 weekly book groups at 15 Chicagoland sites | Distribute more than 2,000 new books including novels, poetry collections, children’s books and writing journals | Publish 27 original poetry anthologies | Promote family literacy through book group programs for pregnant and parenting teens | Partner with programs nationwide to share our award-winning curriculm | Support workforce development with on-site literacy enhancement and soft skills training."

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Project Exploration - focus on STEM programs
From the web site: "Since 1999, Project Exploration has provided a variety of out-of-school-time programs in science, technology and engineering for underrepresented youth in grades 6-12. The program’s skilled facilitators and professionals mentor and lead students in hands-on group activities, introducing them to topics that they find interesting and exciting. This science-rich education addresses challenges to equity, access, and opportunity in public education, higher education, and the professional STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) environment."

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Reading In Motion
From the web site: "Reading In Motion’s goal is to get every student reading at grade level or above during their early years, especially students whose environment or other circumstances put them in greater need of support.

To accomplish this, the organization partners with schools and teachers to deliver an engaging and innovative reading curriculum, in both English and Spanish, together with our on-site specialized coaches to inspire students to learn and teachers to grow."

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REAL Youth Program
From the web site: "REAL is a Chicago-based, youth-centered program designed to assist children and adolescents in developing critical thinking and effective communication skills needed for life-long learning and success both in and out of school. REAL understands the importance of helping young people find a voice and perceiving themselves, as well as others, as fully human with an innate ability to be viable change agents in their respective communities and in their own lives.

REAL offers young people a safe space, within the school environment, to interpret and express who they are by way of arts-based projects, critical literacy activities, and life-skills curriculum. Through dialogue and artistic expression, students become more aware of how to identify and confront personal and social challenges. In the words of one of our student founders, “REAL is a medium of expression for the previously unexpressed.”

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Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation
From the web site: "It is the mission of the Renaissance Knights, an educational organization, to bring the many educational benefits of chess to children and young people throughout the Chicago area by providing a complete chess curriculum, enrichment programs, tournaments and events." Browse the web site to learn more.

Our program is specifically designed to cultivate progressive learning for 21st century students and the skills the students acquire are imperative for them to succeed in school and for their future success in the global information society. We use chess as a powerful learning tool to assist students with grasping math concepts more quickly and improving their aptitude for reading comprehension."

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Ridgewood High School Leadership and Mentoring Program
From the web site: "The goal of the Mentoring & Leadership Program at Ridgewood High School is to establish a tiered -network for increased student support and achievement using the unique architecture of engaged community volunteers and stakeholders." Open the PDF brochure on the side to find more descriptive information.

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SGA Youth&Family Services-Roseland Children's Initiative
From the web site: "With a 105-year history of providing innovative, no cost, comprehensive services in the greater Chicago area, SGA continuously works to help children, families and communities who are facing great challenges to realize their potential. Our services are provided through four program areas, including Youth/Family, Youth Justice, Schools and Community. Services are provided throughout three regions in the greater Chicago area - West, South and City-Wide.

SGA helps break the cycle of adversity and provide families with enough opportunity to change their lives and their communities. Our Cycle of Opportunity is passed down through generations, building strong foundations for families in the communities we serve."

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SPARK - the Possibility Movement - works with middle school students
From the web site: "Spark engages communities to provide career exploration and self-discovery opportunities that help middle school students understand, experience and pursue what’s possible. Works with students in Chicago public schools.

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The Bloc - Tutoring Mentoring and Boxing
The Bloc uses boxing to attract teens least likely to join tutoring and mentoring groups. Operates in schools on Chicago's West side.

From the web site: "The Bloc seeks volunteers who believe in the strength, ability, and potential of all kids. When surround West Side youth with adults willing to invest time in their success, we prove that change and progress are possible."

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The Support Group
From the web site: "The Support Group (TSG) is a nonprofit organization servicing Chicago-Land under-served youth from diverse backgrounds and communities since 1989. TSG provides youth with invaluable experiences that will assist them in reaching their full potential, while arming them with tools and skills needed to matriculate post-secondary education, the workforce and beyond. The Support Group is the brain-child of the Executive Director, Bennie Henry in collaboration with NBA legend Tim Hardaway. This important work began in 1989 when Mr. Henry worked with many Chicago-land NBA potential stars equipping them with the tools not only to succeed on the court but to succeed in life. With his passion, drive, and his commitment to the community, Mr. Henry engaged players such as Juwan Howard, Michael Finley, Antoine Walker, and many others. The Support Group has touched thousands of lives throughout its 26 years of service in the community. "

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True Star Media & Foundation
From the web site: "True Star programs are hosted in conjunction with our core partners After School Matters and Chicago Public Schools. We are a nonprofit multimedia organization that offers Chicago teens innovative out-of-school activities.

True Star Media programs are designed to teach valuable skills that are transferable to the workplace and ultimately raise the bar for future expectations. True Star serves a minimal of 150 students during each 10-week session throughout all its programs. Sessions include fall, spring and summer, which are six weeks long. Students commit to one out of the seven programs per session. Each program has a student teacher ratio of 15/1."

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