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826CHI - writing, tutoring
From the web site: "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.

The after school tutoring program is open four afternoons a week with students in 1st through 8th grade working on their homework and sharpening their creative writing skills. Volunteer tutors help students with any and all homework assignments and lead students in daily creative and expository writing activities. Student writing created during tutoring is published in small chapbooks throughout the year, and we regularly host student readings for parents, tutors, and families."

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Albany Park Community Center - Mentoring with Volta Elementary School
From the web site: "In September 2018, APCC launched its first youth mentoring program in partnership with Volta Elementary School. This program pairs at-risk-youths with a mentor once a month to meet one-on-one and participate in team-building and skill building activities. Once per quarter, our mentors and youth enjoy a recreational outing of their choice, such as visiting a college campus, going to see a movie or museum, ice skating at Millennium Park or going to a sports game.APCC's after-school mentoring program supports neighborhood youth in developing skills and strategies, which lead to success in school, peer and family relationships and become well-rounded citizens. ."

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Asian Youth Services After School Tutoring Program
From the web site: "Asian Youth Services (AYS) is an after-school tutoring program serving the youth of the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. Our mission is to provide the community's at-risk youth with high-quality educational experiences and mentoring relationships that will equip them to succeed in school and in life. We partner with volunteer groups from local academic institutions such as Northwestern University, DePaul University, and New Trier High School to provide tutoring and mentorship on a weekly basis

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Aspira Inc. of Illinois - Mentoring Youth for Success
From the web site: "ASPIRA’s Mentoring Youth for Success program offers 50 high school students the opportunity to learn from community leaders and mentors to develop confidence, enhance resilience, and obtain post-secondary and career guidance. The program seeks to reduce incidence of gang activity, delinquency and dropout rates while increasing academic achievement and positive skill building among high school youth."

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Centro Romero - Youth Learning and Leadership Program
From the web site: Centro Romero has been a community-based organization that serves the refugee immigrant population on the northeast side of Chicago. Our Youth Learning and Leadership Program provides intensive after-school programs for academic support, tutoring, recreational and cultural activities for children."

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Chicago Youth Programs, Uptown
From the web site: "Operating out of donated space at Loyola University and Truman College, UCYP provides our youth with tutoring, mentoring, recreation, college and career prep/planning, scholarships, and free high-quality health care from volunteer physicians at CYP’s Children’s memorial Clinic."

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Christopher House - After School
From the web site: "Christopher House provides an engaging environment designed to drive students’ social, emotional, and cognitive development. Our School Age program takes place after school, all day (7:30 am – 5:30 pm) during the summer, and on weekdays when school is not in session. Includes volunteer-based tutoring and homework help to keep students on-track in school while promoting academic achievement and a desire to excel." Visit site to learn more.

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CircEsteem - Homework and Circus Work
From the web site: "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.

HomeWork & CircusWork is a free after-school tutoring program, which addresses the need CircEsteem participants have to keep up on their schoolwork while still being able to spend time learning circus skills. HomeWork & CircusWork meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The students spend an hour developing their circus skills with our highly- trained circus instructors and an hour working on their homework or other academic enrichment activities with our volunteer tutors."

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East Village Youth Program
From the web site: "Through comprehensive programming including academic advancement, risk prevention, socio-emotional skills development, financial literacy and outreach, EVYP provides our students with the tools they need to become successful young adults.

At community tutoring, students in grades 5 through 9 work with volunteer tutors to complete their homework assignments and work toward their academic goals. Tutoring is held on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm throughout the academic year. Students enrolled in the High School Program may also attend one-on-one tutoring sessions scheduled at their convenience."

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Edgewater Baptist Church - SafePlace After School Program
From the web site: "SAFEPLACE is the Edgewater Baptist Church after-school program for kids from kindergarten through 8th grade. It provides affordable and holistic after-school programming in a creative and safe environment for spiritual, academic, emotional, social, and physical development. SAFEPLACE runs during the school year, Monday through Thursday, serving approximately 40 children."

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Edgewater Tutoring Program at Immanuel Lutheran Church
From the web site: "The Edgewater Tutoring Program provides academic assistance for neighborhood students. Volunteer tutors from the neighborhood, Immanuel’s congregation, Loyola University and Northwestern University work on one-on-one with the students to help in all academic areas."

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Family Matters Community Tutoring
From the web site: "Family Matters offers a safe space to neighborhood residents and families seeking to promote positive change in the North of Howard neighborhood in Chicago. Here, parents, children, and youth partner with staff and volunteers to further their education, build leadership skills, and strengthen the community.

Community Tutoring is about connecting. Youth and adults forge a bond as they meet weekly for academic and life skill building. They set goals together. They work through areas of challenge together. They nurture gifts and interests together. They talk about their families, their schools, and their workplaces. They build relationships that enrich both students and tutors and that often last a lifetime."

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Girl Forward serves adolescent refugee girls
From the web site: "GirlForward serves refugee girls in programs located in Chicago and Austin, Texas. Our Mentoring Program pairs girls with mentors to engage in "4W" activities (Wellness, Wisdom, Wallet and World) in order to explore their passions and graduate from high school." Visit site to learn more.

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Howard Area Community Center - Reading Program
From the web site: "The mission of Howard Area Community Center is to assist low-income individuals and families in the greater Rogers Park and adjacent communities to stabilize their lives and to develop the social skills necessary to become effective community members.

One service is the Howard Area Reading Program (HARP): Children in 3rd-5th grade who are at least a grade level behind in reading at Gale Elementary Community Academy are eligible.

Volunteer mentors work with 30 children twice per week to provide one-on-one tutoring. Mentors work with one child throughout the school year. HARP tutors mentor and tutor children to combat illiteracy and build children’s confidence in themselves and their academic ability. HARP Reading Specialists train new volunteers, using the National Louis University clinic model."

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Inspired Youth Tutoring Program
From the web site: "Inspired Youth serves the academic needs of students in Chicago's Uptown, Edgewater, and Rogers Park neighborhoods.

The Inspired Youth Tutoring Program helps elementary and and high school students with school homework and extra reading, writing, and arithmetic during the academic year." For locations, dates, and times, and program description, visit the web site.

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Lawrence Hall Youth Services - opportunities for mentors
From the web site: "Adult volunteers commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person for a period of at least six months. By becoming part of the social network of adults and community members who care about the youth, the mentor can help youth develop and reach positive academic, career, and personal goals." Visit this page to see description of mentor roles and responsibilities.

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Living Works - Academic Support Programs
From the web site: "Living Works is a nonprofit organization committed to enriching the lives of children and families in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago." Students connect with tutors in classrooms at Kilmer Elementary School during the school day and in an afterschool program.

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RefugeeOne Youth Program
RefugeeOne is a refugee resettlement agency that provides a full range of services to refugees resettled in the Chicago area. RefugeeOne’s youth program annually helps more than 300 school-aged refugees adjust, grow and excel. Throughout the school year, young refugees participate in a lively after-school program. Youth receive one-on-one homework help, do arts and crafts, play sports, participate in community service projects, learn about health and nutrition, and more. Youth also take regular field trips and enjoy special events like the annual holiday party and refugee prom."

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Starfish Learning Center
From web site: "Starfish Learning Center is a non-profit organization, located in Rogers Park, founded in 1997. We 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."

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