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Friday, December 19, 2008
Lawyers Lend A Hand 2008 Grants Support Chicago Tutor/Mentor Programs
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Chicago Bar Association
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
321 S. Plymouth Court
Media may contact: Linda Heacox
Chicago, IL 60604-3997
312-554-2012
www.chicagobar.org
lheacox@chicagobar.org


$217k in grants awarded by LAWYERS Lend-a-Hand Program

CHICAGO, ILL. (December 18, 2008)-Twenty-seven outstanding tutor/mentor programs were awarded $217,000 in grants at the annual Grant Reception of the Sun-Times Judge Marovitz Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth Program (LAH) on Wednesday, December 17 at the Chicago Bar Association (CBA). The CBA originated the program to impact the lives of underprivileged youth through tutor/mentor programs, and the program benefited from receiving substantial funds from the late Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz and The Chicago Sun-Times.

The money will benefit over 2,500 Chicago-area young people from neighborhoods including Cabrini-Green, Albany Park, West Town, Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Austin, Belmont-Cragin, Rogers Park, , Hermosa, Uptown, Edgewater, South Chicago, Pilsen, Lawndale, Little Village, Garfield Park, Englewood, and Washington Park. Programs serving youth in the surrounding suburbs of Palatine Township and Evanston also received awards.

In addition to the grants, awards were presented to organizations that make a difference in the lives of Chicago-area children. The "Sun-Times Literacy Award," which comes with a $10,000 cash award, went to the Cabrini-Green Tutoring Program, which serves disadvantaged children in the lower grades and beyond and has previously made the White List of exemplary tutoring and reading programs. The "Thomas A. Demetrio Award of Excellence," which comes with a $10,000 award, was presented to Jewish Child and Family Services, Chicago, which provides mentors to children living in foster care or group homes. Finally, the "Much Shelist Founders Award", which comes with an
additional $7,000 award, was presented to Inspired Youth Tutoring Program, which works with students on the Uptown/Edgewater Community.

The complete list of LAH grant recipients for 2007-2008 is:

*  Alliance for Community Peace, serving Jenner, Manierre, and Schiller Elementary Schools and Lincoln Park High School

* Big Brother Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, serving
students citywide

*  Brain Boosters - Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, serving the north side of Chicago

* BUILD - Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership
Development, primarily serves West Town, Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Near North, Belmont, Cragin, Hermosa, East Garfield Park, Uptown but does outreach to Cook County youth

* Cabrini Connections, serves 7th - 12th grade students living in the Cabrini Green area

* Centro Comunitario Juan Diego, serves children on the
southwest side of Chicago

* Chicago Youth Programs, working in Cabrini Green, Washington Park, and Uptown

* Christopher House, serves families in Greenview, Lakeshore, Uptown, Logan Square, and Rogers Park

* Circle Urban Ministries, serves the Austin neighborhood on
the far west side of Chicago

* Cluster Tutoring program, serving Chicago's west side
Dime Child Foundation, serving the south side

* Erie Neighborhood House, serving the Little Village
neighborhood

* Family Matters, serving northeast Chicago

* Hermosa Community Organization, serving elementary and high school students on the near northwest side

* Horizons for Youth, serves youth all over the Chicago area

* Latino Education Alliance, located on the south side, the
organization serves Illinois youth

* McGaw YMCA, serving Evanston, Rogers Park, Wilmette,
Winnetka, and Skokie

* Midtown Educational Foundation

* Minds Matter, preparing students throughout Chicago for the college application process

* PEAK - The Partnership to Educate & Advance Kids, serving at-risk youth at its North Milwaukee Avenue address

* Scholarship Chicago, the five-year program works to help
Chicago high school juniors college prep and ongoing programs

* Sunlight African Community Center, serving African American children on the north side of Chicago

* The Bridge Youth & Family Services, serving children through age 17 and their families in Palatine Township

* Umoja Student Development Corporation, serving students
through school community partnerships at several schools

* The Tutor/Mentor Connection, serving tutoring/mentoring
programs citywide

About Lawyers Lend-A-Hand

The Sun-Times Judge Marovitz Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth Program supports one-on-one tutor/mentor programs serving disadvantaged Chicago area youth. Lawyers Lend-A-Hand awards approximately $200,000 in grants a year to tutor/mentor programs, recruits volunteer from the legal profession to serve as mentors and board members for the organizations, and promotes best practices in the tutor/mentor community.


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