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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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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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Bounce for Joy Project
From the web site: "BFJP offers a mentoring program whereby children, age 4-12, are taught anger management and how to deal with life lessons under the guidance of a PH.D doctor. Our primarily model includes offering 6 or 8 week sessions with schools, summer camps, churches and community organizations."
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Changing Worlds - Afterschool Arts and Cultural Programs
Changing Worlds is an educational arts nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster inclusive communities through oral history, writing and art programs that improve student learning, affirm identity and enhance cross-cultural understanding.

The web site description of the afterschool program:

As young artists, students explore the work of professional artists and of their personal art through the lens of internal and external cultural influences. They are encouraged to foster a deeper recognition and appreciation of self, sharing their culture through artistic expression. They learn and apply art techniques and principles in creating art, and develop the vocabulary and confidence to talk about their own art and that of the professional artist.
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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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Driven and Empowered Youth
From the web site: "Driven and Empowered Youth, Inc. (DEY) is a charitable nonprofit organization committed to serving the youth, their families and the community. DEY was recently awarded two state issued grants to fund their programs under the Illinois State Board of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant. Through these grants, DEY is able to provide quality after school programming, mentoring and enrichment programs at six inner city Chicago Public High Schools. Currently, DEY works with Amundsen, Kelvyn Park, Foreman, Mather, Steinmetz and Sullivan High Schools."
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Driven and Empowered Youth (DEY)
From the web site: "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. We are always striving to provide high quality academic services to our students."
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Femi Memorial Outreach - Tutoring Program
From the web site: "Femi Memorial Outreach facilitates students through educational support, remedial coaching, socialization and mentoring to achieve success in the classroom and support their growth in the community in which they live." Programs offered to elementary and middle school students at various schools in Chicago area.

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Project Exploration
From the web site: "Project Exploration’s mission is to make science accessible to the public—especially minority youth and girls—through personalized experiences with science and scientists. We work with nearly 250 middle and high school Chicago Public School students annually in out-of-school time settings. "
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Reading In Motion

Reading In Motion creates and delivers an innovative supplemental reading program that gets at-risk kindergarten to third grade students up to grade level. Successfully partnering with Chicago’s inner-city elementary schools for more than 20 years, Reading In Motion uses music and drama to engage students and help teachers make their core reading programs effective.

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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.

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SGA Youth&Family Services-Roseland Children's Initiative
SGA's comprehensive, collaborative and intensive social service model anchored in and around schools. on Chicago's West and South side neighborhoods. Designed to provide a continuum of services from birth through career, supporting the social, emotional and educational development of children and their families while helping to rebuild community infrastructure and norms.
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The MGR Foundation
From the web site: "The MGR Foundation is a direct service, public foundation that creates innovative programming aimed at improving and empowering local and global communities. Our current programs focus on the following general volunteering community development arts and humanities."
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The Princess Within Foundation
From the web site: "The Foundation implements programming year round that empowers girls to love themselves unconditionally, and to maximize their potential in efforts to achieve academic, holistic and career success.

The Princess Within Offers

Academic Advising
Team Building Programs
Youth Leadership Seminars
Counseling/Life Coaching
Empowerment Workshops
Crisis Intervention/Mediation Services"
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The Support Group
From the web site: "The Support Group (TSG) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization serving over 15,000 Chicago area at-risk youth since 1989. TSG is dedicated to providing youth with empowerment programs and services relevant to urban communities.

TSG offers educational, cultural and recreational programs for at risk youth through after-school enrichment programs. The Support Group works directly with students on a daily basis throughout the year providing academic support and counseling. "
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True Star Media & Fondation
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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Umoja Student Development Corporation
Umoja partners with teachers, school leadership at Manley High School in Chicago and additional school partnerships to cultivate faith in the capacity of all students to grow, learn, and assume responsibility for themselves. For young people who have long been plagued by low academic and social expectations, these opportunities and relationships are essential to keeping them in school and building toward a positive future.
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Urban Alliance - internship, training, mentoring
Urban Alliance helps seniors from several Chicago inner city high school find paid internships, formal training, and mentorship
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Urban Initiatives - Youth Soccer

Urban Initiatives' soccer program demands intense athletic activity from its participants and stresses discipline and self-control. The program seeks to improve a student's attendance and classroom performance while emphasizing the importance of teamwork and the ability to work with others to be successful.

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Y.E.M.B.A. Mentoring and Basketball
From the web site: "Y.E.M.B.A. Fosters positive relationships with successful role models by providing supportive programs impacting youth, families and communities. This empowers improved development, performance and achievement with measurable results. The program operates on the far West Side of Chicago."
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Youth Guidance
Youth Guidance creates and implements school-based programs that enable at-risk children to overcome obstacles, focus on their education and, ultimately, to succeed in school and in life.

Visit the web site to review the range of programs and determine what schools are being served.
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