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Bright Stat Community Outreach Mentoring Program
From the web site: "BSCO’s Mentoring component is designed to both: provide a safe environment for children and youth to enhance their academic and social emotional growth; and to increase the positive attributes of our children and youth through providing them with positive role models that will follow-up with them to ensure they are making the best decisions for their future. BSCO accomplishes this goal through a mix of in-school, after-school, and out-of-school services. Through its many offerings, BSCO serves over 200 children and youth annually."

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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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College Mentoring Experience
From the web site: "CME youth development programs guide youth in their journey towards independence by teaching them the skills and knowledge necessary to function in the adult world. CME youth tutoring and mentoring programs help create a ladder to adulthood for teens, providing a graduated series of experiences that encourages teens to take initiative, and allows them to grow."

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Community Building Tutors
From the web site: "CBT provides interested and capable high-school and college students with unique opportunities to shape the communities in which they live. At each of its three sites, CBT offers tutoring services weekly for an hour and a half to students aged six to twelve. Each weekly session is part of a twelve-week, cumulative session that takes place in the spring and the fall.

High-school and college students tutor grade-school students at each of CBT’s locations. Under the supervision of CBT staff, each high-school student volunteer works with a younger student on his/her homework and on additional learning games. The program strives for a balance between learning and fun to ensure that both the volunteer and the student enjoy and benefit from the time they spend together."

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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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Dream On Education - focus on 6th-8th grade students in Chicago
From the web site: "Our mission is to prepare high-performing, low-income 6th-8th-grade students for the rigor of a high school and college curriculum and challenge them beyond their comfort level, which will enable them to maximize their potential, reach their dreams, and contribute positively to society." Browse the site to learn more.

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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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Profound Gentlemen of Color - engages Black Male Educators
This is a national organization with a Chicago branch. See this description on the web site: "Profound Gentlemen is committed to supporting boys and male educators of color in the Chicago community. In collaboration with the Chicago Teacher’s Union Foundation, we are able to provide free support services to focus in retaining male educators of color. In addition, through our educators who lead mentoring groups, we will be creating a cradle to career pipeline for boys of color. Together our efforts will strengthen a community and an everlasting impact."

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St. Joseph Services Weekend Tutoring
From the web site: "Volunteers from Accretive Health share their time on Saturdays to provide tutoring and homework help tutoring youth. After tutoring, volunteers from Francis Parker High School engage the students in an hour of sports. Held at at the Austin Community Family Center."

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St. Titus One Youth Anti-Violence and Mentoring Program
From the web site: "The St. Titus One Youth Anti-Violence and Mentoring Program was designed to provide youth in the community with a positive outlet and great skills to overcome the daily challenges they face."

Each week after school, youth meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 - 8 p.m. and receive homework assistance and tutoring to help them excel in school.

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Triple Threat Mentoring Program - multiple programs in Chicago area
From the web site: "To empower urban youth to realize their potential and inspire volunteers to leave a lasting legacy. We’re not just a youth organization. We’re an organization that facilitates relationships between youth and volunteers through our passion-based programs.

WINGS is a partnership program between Jordan Brand and Triple Threat Mentoring for 300 students at 6 schools on the south and west sides of Chicago. The year-long community impact initiative aims to empower at-risk youth to help them dream, pursue and achieve greatness."

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West Town Bikes - uses bicycles as a tool to teach young people
From the web sites: "West Town Bikes is a community bicycle learning center. We offer youth programs here at the shop in Humboldt Park and across the city, bicycle mechanics workshops and classes and special events to members of the community. We also provide creative work space for special bicycle building, utilitarian human powered design, kinetic art, advocacy projects, and all sorts of constructive creation." They provide apprenticeship programs for youth attending high schools in and around Humboldt Park.

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