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"Godfather" Male Mentoring Program - Black on Black Love
From the web site:

"The G.F.M.M. is a 4-6 hour commitment a month. We meet with our mentees at 2 different locations: Harlan High School, 9652 South Michigan Avenue, Grades 9-11, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month from 3:00pm - 5:00pm and William's Multiplex School 2710 South Dearborn Avenue, Grades 3-8, 1st and 3rd Friday, from 9:30am-11:30am. "
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A Knock at Midnight - Teen Reach Program
From the web site: "The Teen REACH program was designed to create and 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.

The program curriculums encompass workshops and activities that achieve the following outcomes: improved academic performance, increased basic social skills, enhanced life skills, heighten parental involvement and awareness, sustained positive adult mentor relationships, and raised participation in positive recreation, sports and cultural activities."
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ARK of St. Sabina
Since 1992, the ARK of St. Sabina has offered free services to countless youth and families in the community. It is our mission to continue to provide quality programs and resources to every child that enters into our facility. Visit this link to see the range of programs.
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Aspirations of Life Mentoring Program
This group provides male and female focused mentoring programs for youth in the Roseland area of Chicago.
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Center for Community Development
From the web site: "Nearly 1000 youth are served annually through CCDI’s FREE initiatives which are our Youth Leadership Academy, serving school-aged children first thru sixth grades; and, our Teen-Initiatives, serving youth junior high thru high school. Both of these initiatives have a strong youth leadership emphasis and offer activities that support safe, healthy group identities and holistic development. This runs counter to the gang-oriented, street culture."
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Changing Life Education Initiative
From the web site: "Our mission is to establish a safe, nurturing environment where youth and young parents can be positively influenced to progressively increase their academic ability, economic development, social awareness, health awareness, and natural creative talents, through enhanced academic tutoring, occupational training, life coaching, healthy lifestyle, fine arts instruction, and college preparation."
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Concerned Christian Men (CCM) Mentoring
From the web site: "CCM strives to shape the young men into healthy, well-rounded individuals through encouraging academic excellence and transformational leadership." Operates a variety of activities in schools and churches around South Side of Chicago. Contact org to learn about volunteer opportunities.
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Daniel J. Nellum Youth Services, Inc
Nellum serves youth residents between the ages of 14 and 21. These young men are wards of the state of Illinois and are referred to Nellum by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, DCFS
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Family Focus - Englewood
Family Focus's prevention efforts extend to supporting children and youth ages 6-14. During the critical hours of 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., the programs provide positive alternatives to premature sexual activity, early parenthood, school dropout, and gang involvement by educating youth about their personal responsibilities and boundaries.

List of program services is at
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Gary Comer Youth Center

"The Youth Center is dedicated to providing a greater opportunity for young people in this neighborhood to practice, to learn, to study, and to sharpen their skills and intellect. This Youth Center is for the children.

Programs include tutoring, college bound, Upward Bound programming, book clubs, writing team, graphic and web design, gardening, as well as, career development courses and internships.

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Geniuses Realizing Our Worth (G.R.O.W.) Power,
from the web site: "Geniuses Realizing Our Worth (G.R.O.W.) Power, is a mentoring program designed to teach young girls between the ages of eight and eighteen how to live better lives through healthy choices. G.R.O.W."
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Girls of Grace Youth Organization
Girls of Grace is a non profit organization committed to enriching the lives of girls and young women. We are dedicated to the holistic development of girls between the ages of 10-18.
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Imagine Englewood If - Youth Empowerment & Leadership Programs
Imagine Englewood If's "Youth Empowerment & Leadership Programs" prepare young people to take the lead on social issues that impact the Englewood community through media and advocacy training. They are taught healthy living, environmental awareness and positive communication skills as tools necessary to transform the Englewood Community into a safe place to live. From literary and artistic expressions of urban blight, to meeting with public officials, IEi youth are no strangers to social change. IEi's “Youth in Media” program trains teens to document their experiences through multimedia projects.
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Impact Family Center
From the web site: "MPACT Family Center (IMPACT) is a faith-based, human service organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for at-risk children, youth, and their families in the greater Chicago area through effective and interactive programs. Since 2005, the organization has incorporated mentoring into its entire computer, technology, media, employment, and academic programs while assisting their participants to become self-sufficient, productive, and healthy individuals."
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Joanie Girls Heart - mentoring health care careers for girls
From the web site: "The mission of Joanie Girl’s Heart is to expose minority adolescents to healthcare career opportunities and prepare them for college by providing them with life-skills through mentorship, community service, and international missions. "
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Kids Off the Block Educational Program
Kids Off the Block's mission is to give at-risk low income youth positive alternatives to gangs, drugs, violence, truancy, and the juvenile justice system. We accomplish this through Tutoring/Mentoring, Music, Drama, Sports, and Local/Out-of-Town Trips.
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Lost Boyz, Inc. operates in South Shore neighborhood
From the web site: "Our organization services youth girls and boys ages 4 to 17 through our baseball/softball and SYL programs from February until August of every year. Our target population is focused primarily on ultra high-risk youth, incarcerated youth, alienated youth, low income youth, and abused youth."

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Project SYNCER
The mission of Project SYNCERE (Supporting Youth's Needs with Core Engineering Research Experiments) is to increase the number of minority, female, and underserved students pursuing careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Project SYNCERE provides a curriculum that integrates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through the use of project-based learning.
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S.A.Y. Yes! After School Program
From the web site: "S.A.Y. Yes!™ ministers to the wholistic needs of children in and around the Roseland neighborhood. Our program is designed to develop a long-term commitment with the children and the entire family so that all of them become enfolded into the local body of Christ."
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South Central Community Services - Educational Programs
From the web site: "The Educational Services Department provides academic instruction, independent living and vocational skills, advocacy and supportive services to clients pre-school to young adult. The programs programs work to enhance the academic functioning and development of each client to their highest level of functioning"
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Teamwork Englewood
Teamwork Englewood provides a variety of programs serving youth in the Englewood area of Chicago. They also work "to unite the many organizations serving Englewood residents and work toward the common goal of building a stronger community."
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The Chatham Enrichment Center (CEC)
From the web site: "he Chatham Enrichment Center (CEC) is developed to promote the educational advancement for our youth in the Chatham and surrounding neighborhoods. We provide well-rounded educational programs including: comprehensive music instruction, tutorial/homework assistance, foreign language, job readiness initiatives, and other support services for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from various demographic backgounds and ability levels. Our goal is to have all of our students be globally competent in our ever changing society."
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The LIFELINE Mentoring Program (L.I.F.E)
From the web site: "The LIFELINE Mentoring Program (L.I.F.E) is a year - round curriculum set to develop high-risk urban youth ages 12-23 in target metropolitan areas into productive and successful individuals through mentoring and enrichment based agendas."
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