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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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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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Alliance for Community Peace
Provides positive reinforcement for youth by offering after school tutoring, homework assistance, and computer training. Incentives are given for improved performance in academics and school attendance. Mentors maintain ongoing dialogue with students by offering support, encouragement, reinforcement, and self-esteem building through 1:1.
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Association House After School Programs
Visit the web site to learn about programs offered at this site.
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BBF Family Services (was Better Boys Foundation)
BBF programs help North Lawndale youth break the cycle of poverty through activities that foster academic achievement and help prepare for careers. BBF offers youth participants tutoring and mentoring for academic enhancement and high school graduation, leadership training, cultural diversity and social skills training. Programs support an atmosphere that value academic preparedness and career development. By exposing participants to academic and cultural stimulation, BBF services discourage delinquency and lower high school drop out rates.
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Black Star Project

The Black Star Project is committed to improving the quality of life in Black and Latino communities of Chicago and nationwide by eliminating the racial academic achievement gap.  Our mission is to provide educational services that help pre-school through college students succeed academically and become knowledgeable and productive citizens with the support of their parents, families, schools and communities.

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Blessed Sacrament Youth Center - Summit Tutoring
Blessed Sacrament Youth Center (BSYC) is a youth development program located on the west side of Chicago in the North Lawndale neighborhood. The center is celebrating its 17 year anniversary.   BSYC started when volunteers and youth renovated an unused parish building. The center opened with a basketball hoop, a ping pong table and 10 youth members. Today, BSYC has over 300 registered youth who participate in center activities which include tutoring, basketball, computer lab, arts & crafts, roller blading and participation in job training programs.
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Bottom Line - Chicago
From the web site: "Bottom Line helps low-income and first-generation-to-college students get to and through college. We are committed to building strong connections with our students, providing them with individual support, and ensuring they have the guidance needed to earn a college degree."
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Breakthrough Urban Ministries Youth Development Program
Every day, Breakthrough surrounds youth with a network of caring adults to support their growth and expand their opportunities. The relationships that youth build with these adults provide positive influence and can make a huge difference in the life of a child. Breakthrough’s youth initiatives include preschool, middle and high school academic enrichment and spiritual development activities, along with athletic programs to engage youth physically.
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BUILD - Broader Urban Involvement/Leadership Dev
BUILD's mission is to help redirect the behavior of gang-affiliated youth and potential recruits to gangs in order to improve their chances of leading fulfilling lives and to increase the stability and safety of the communities in which they reside.
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Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Program
Cabrini Connections helps economically disadvantaged students succeed in high school & move on to college or a career. They do this by pairing the students with an adult tutor who supports their academic achievement and provides guidance in life skills.
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Camp of Dreams
Camp of Dreams is a Chicago program devoted to bringing uplifting, engaging, free educational programs to young people who would otherwise go without. We do this through a year-round project consisting of two complementary components: a summer camp and a school-year program. Our project as a whole brings a wide range of activities to our participants: Academics, Visual and Performing Arts, Mind and Body, Health and Wellness, and Service Learning.
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Casa Central’s Youth Options Unlimited
Casa Central's youth program has provided an array of programming to at-risk youth in Chicago's inner-city for more than ten years. Youth Options Unlimited fosters strong academic, leadership, and life-skills development with a variety of programs and structured activities, including drama, tutoring, workshops and sports.

Through intense focus on academic outcomes, leadership development, and retaining older youth participants, the program strives to help the participants do well in school, avoid drugs and gangs, and find future adult success by advancing to college or steady employment."
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Chicago LAMP (Lawndale AMICHI Mentoring Program)
From the web site: "The mission of Chicago Lawndale AMACHI Mentoring Program (LAMP) is to provide mentoring and support services to children in North Lawndale and nearby communities who are impacted by incarceration. Our goal is to improve the life prospects of the mentees by providing a helping relationship; and engaging mentees in cultural enrichment activities designed to break the cycle of incarceration and promote positive youth development."

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Chicago Lights Tutoring (4th Presbyterian Church)
Celebrating its 52nd year of service, Chicago Lights Tutoring provides academic support to children living in under-resourced neighborhoods on the near north and west sides of Chicago. Each year, 400 children in 1st -12th grades are enrolled in the Tutoring Program and need an adult volunteer to encourage success through homework assistance and personal development. At the program, students are offered dinner, arts and enrichment classes, access to a computer lab, a library, career development classes, literacy programs and the attention of a caring adult.
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Chicago Scholars
The Chicago Scholars Program is designed to assist marginalized high school students overcome the barriers to their collegiate access and success. Going beyond traditional monetary solutions, the Chicago Scholars Program offers five years of best practice programming to get students into college, graduate in four years, and smoothly transition into good-fit careers or graduate study.
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Chicago Youth Programs, Inc. Cabrini-Green / North Lawndale
Literacy, tutoring, mentoring and health services are provided at this location for youth in k-8 grades.
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Circle Urban Ministries
Circle Urban Ministries offers a variety of youth and teen programs for youth in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago.
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Cluster Tutoring Program
The Cluster Tutoring Program provides free one-on-one tutoring and mentoring to school-aged youth in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago's West Side. Cluster addresses the academic and social needs of the students and their families while providing an opportunity for members of the Oak Park/River Forest/Austin community to become involved in an important one-on-one volunteer mission.
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Community Building Tutors
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 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.
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Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation

Scholars are matched with an adult mentor who serves as friend, tutor and advisor as the student adjusts to the rigorous environment of a college preparatory school. Mentors are role models who take a special interest in the academic success and personal growth of Scholars. Mentors are selected from a culturally and socially diverse donor and volunteer base. Mentors and scholars meet one-on-one and attend Foundation-sponsored activities and events throughout the year.

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East Village Youth Program
The After-School Tutoring Program runs throughout the school year (late September through the end of May) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6 pm - 7:15 pm. Most of the students are in elementary school (grades 6-8), although we do have some high school students who either require or request tutoring. We are hoping to establish subject tutors available to the high school students on a drop-in basis.
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Erie Neighborhood House Mentoring Program
Tutoring to Educate for Aims and Motivations (TEAM) is a college preparation program pairs Chicago-area professionals as mentors with eighth graders and high school students to focus on academics, college preparation and life skills in weekly one-on-one sessions.
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Friends First at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

This volunteer mentoring program matches adults with at-risk children to serve as role models, friends and confidants.  Mentors in this program are all ages and from all walks of life but are united by their concern for Chicago youth.

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HIGHSIGHT is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships, tutoring, mentoring and leadership development for students to attend and succeed at private high schools in Chicago. There are currently 115 students in 24 high schools who receive financial, academic and social support from HighSight.
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