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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.

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Albany Park Community Center - Teen Reach
From the web site: "The mission of the Teen REACH program is to expand the range of choices and opportunities that enable, empower and encourage youth to achieve positive growth and development, improve expectations and capacities for future success, and avoid and/or reduce risk-taking behavior. For ages 9-14"
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Albany Park Theater Project
From the web site: "APTP nurtures and supports the ambitions of our teen artists through mentoring, a book discussion group that develops reading and critical thinking skills, an annual artistic retreat, and our intensive and highly successful college guidance program."
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Alternatives. Inc Youth Programs
Alternatives provides essential programs and services for young people and their families on the north side of Chicago and beyond. Programs include counseling, after-school and summertime activities, career and employment services, cultural and arts activities, and more.

Girl World gives girls between the ages of 10 and 18 a safe space in which to focus on increasing self-esteem and self-expression, building skills and developing leadership abilities.
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Asian Human Services Education Programs
Asian Human Services offers a range of services for people at all stages of learning.

In the After School Program children from local elementary schools meet daily with tutors to work on homework and reading skills or take part in arts and crafts and play educational games. From June-August, we run a summer camp for kids whose parents are enrolled in ESL programs.
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Asian Youth Services After School Tutoring Program
sian Youth Services (AYS) is an after-school tutoring program serving the youth of the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago.
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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 RomeroYouth Learning and Leadership Project
Centro Romero is a community-based organization that serves the refugee immigrant population on the northeast side of Chicago.

Centro Romero runs an after-school program for children ages 7-16. Typically the youth that participate in our program come from low-income Latino families. The main goal of the after-school program is to help the youth improve grades and receive a complete understanding of the work they are doing in school.

Because English is not the first language of almost all of Centro Romero's students, many of them have difficulties fully comprehending their homework. While the main push with the students is academics, the program also offer some fun and creative projects to the students so students know that artistic creativity is important as well.
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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
Christopher House runs weekly tutoring programs for students in grades 1 - 12. Serving about 50 students, the program strives to improve students' academic performance, placing a special emphasis on math and reading skills.

The program relies on the commitment of dedicated volunteers who are able to build a relationship with the student, promoting an atmosphere where learning is enjoyable and students are encouraged to reach their full potential. Volunteers are paired one-on-one with students for one-hour tutoring sessions two days a week during the school year. There is also summer tutoring available for those tutors who wish to continue volunteering throughout the year. This is a very rewarding opportunity for anyone interested in making a significant difference in the life of a child.

Opportunities are available at an Uptown location on Mondays/Wednesdays and a Lincoln Park location Tuesdays/Thursdays. All tutors must be at least 18.

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CircEsteem - mentors youth via circus arts
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."
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Community Human Services, Inc.
This is a not- for- profit organization operating in the Albany Park neighborhood, founded in 1979, that serves adolescents and adults with advocacy, counseling, tutoring and job placement services
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East Village Youth Program

The mission of the East Village Youth Program is to encourage and prepare primarily low-income, Latino youth for a college education. EVYP further strives to support these youth as they pursue their college degrees and enter professional careers.

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Edgewater Baptist Church SafePlace After School Program
From the web site: "Afterschool program provides affordable and holistic afterschool 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 36 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
Family Matters is a family-centered organization in the North of Howard neighborhood that seeks to be a catalyst for change - building and strengthening the community through programs that support personal growth and leadership.

Community Tutoring works to enhance the academic achievement of students in the North of Howard community. To that end, it fosters a strong partnership among students, teachers, parents, and tutors.
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Girl Forward serves adolescent refugee girls
From the web site: "GirlForward provides adolescent refugee girls with individual mentorship, educational programs, and leadership opportunities through programs that focus on four themes: Wellness, Wisdom, Wallet and World. Through each of our programs – Mentorship Program, Camp GirlForward, and Safe Spaces Project – we address the major challenges faced by refugee girls. "
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Good News Partners
Good News Partners is a faith-based, asset-based community development organization (ABCD), focusing on housing, education, and economic development. In contrast to a traditional social service agency, we do not try to fix other people or solve their problems. Instead, we focus on empowerment and partnership. We recognize one another’s gifts, talents and experiences and work to enhance each person’s responsibility and potential.

Volunteers are a vital part of Good News Partners. Each year, over 1000 volunteers help individually or in groups. Volunteers can choose from a one-time project or longer-term activities.
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Howard Area Community Center - Youth Services
The Youth Services department provides activities that support young people to improve their academic achievement and life skills development. The program partners with neighborhood public schools and operates a variety of programs.

The Howard Area After School Reading Program serves approximately 40 Gale Academy students who are performing significantly below their grade level peers in reading and who been recommended for literacy intervention. This 30-year-old program offers one-to-one tutoring and is held at the Good News Church on Tuesdays and Thursdays for second graders and on Mondays and Wednesdays for third and fourth graders. The instructional framework is based on the National Louis University clinic model. Program training and on site monitoring is conducted by National Louis trained supervisors.
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Indo-American Center Youth Program
The Indo-American Center’s After School Program meets Monday through Friday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm during the school year, typically serving youth between 6 and 12 years of age. Three components of the program – academic assistance, recreational time, and physical fitness activities – promote positive youth development and overall wellness. After a healthy 3pm meal provided by the Greater Chicago Food Depository, students participate in thirty minutes of physical fitness activities, one hour of homework, and one hour of structured recreation. The day-to-day assistance and monitoring of homework completion helps to increase overall academic performance, while the recreational and fitness aspects help to promote youth fitness, health, and teamwork skills in a positive environment.
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Inspired Youth Tutoring Program
Inspired Youth serves the academic needs of students in Chicago's Uptown, Edgewater, and Rogers Park neighborhoods. From its beginnings in 1985 as a small, church-sponsored tutoring program, Inspired Youth has grown into a full-fledged 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation offering a variety of programs for those in elementary and high school.

The tutoring program, with its emphasis on improving reading and writing skills, is the heart of what we do and has earned us recognition from numerous organizations, including the Chicago Bar Association.
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Lawrence Hall Youth Services - Older Adolescent Program
From the web site: "Lawrence Hall's Older Adolescent Program provides young adults with comprehensive services designed to meet their individual needs as they prepare to emancipate from the child welfare system. The goal is to help these young adults to develop the tools and skills needed to create a successful future that is stable, healthy, and safe.

Each young adult receives preparatory services, coaching, mentoring, training, support, and supervision as they progress to greater levels of personal and financial independence. We offer a seamless transition between Family Community Homes and Supervised Apartments."
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Living Works Homework Help and Tutoring
Living Works is a nonprofit organization committed to enriching the lives of children and families in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.
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RefugeeOne Youth Program
Founded in 1980 and incorporated as an independent not-for-profit in 1992, RefugeeOne is a refugee resettlement agency that provides a full range of services to refugees resettled in the Chicago area. Our primary focus is to assist the refugee in becoming an independent, self-supporting member of the new community as soon as possible.
During the school year, RefugeeOne offers an after-school program on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3-6 PM that allows students to receive 1-1 homework help and ESL tutoring from staff and volunteers, participate in team-building and conflict resolution games, and enjoy extra-curricular activities such as art, music, and athletics. The after-school program also includes occasional field trips to local cultural institutions and workshops on topics such as health, hygiene, and prevention of high-risk behavior such as gang involvement and drugs.
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Slingshots Chicago - helping teens hit their goals
Slingshots is a faith-based after school program that offers a variety of programs to help teens "hit their targets" in life. Visit the site to learn more.
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