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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Lawyers Lend A Hand Awards $210k in grants to Chicago Tutor/Mentor Programs
By tutormentor2 @ 10:42 AM :: 2366 Views :: 1 Comments :: Article Rating :: Fund Raising Ideas

Below is the list of 37 Chicago area organizations who received 2012 grants from the The Sun-Times Judge Marovitz Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth Program, created in 1994 to support the growth of volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in the Chicago region.  If companies in every industry were to adopt the same guidelines and strategies, tutor/mentor programs in all parts of the region would have multiple sources of financial support, volunteers and leadership, and each would be better able to support the on-going connections of youth and adults.  

Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth Program

January/February 2011

$210,000 in Grants to Commemorate

National Mentoring Month


Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth marked the end of National Mentoring Month by awarding $210,000 in grants to community mentoring programs. The thirty-seven (37) groups receiving the grants provide one-on-one mentoring to approximately 8,000 children across the Chicago area.


Two programs have been honored with special recognition. LINK Unlimited won the Thomas A. Demetrio Award of Excellence. For forty-five years, LINK has successfully transitioned over 1,650 economically disadvantaged African American youths to college by providing one-on-one mentoring and academic support throughout their high school years. LINK's designation as the most exemplary mentoring program carries with it an additional $10,000 monetary award.


Family Matters received the Sun-Times Literacy Award. Family Matters works with elementary, middle, and high school students in the North Howard neighborhood of Chicago's East Rogers Park. The program trains its mentors/tutors to use research-based curriculum to develop students' literacy skills.  A $10,000 grant also accompanies the Sun-Times Award.


Family Matters Tutoring Pair
Family Matters Tutoring Pair


Below is a complete list of our 2011-2012 grantee programs:

  • Alliance for Community Peace
  • Black on Black Love
  • Boys Hope Girls Hope
  • Brain Boosters
  • The Bridge Youth & Family Services
  • Cabrini-Green Tutoring Program, Inc.
  • Center for Companies that Care
  • Chicago Lights
  • Chicago Scholars
  • Chicago Youth Programs
  • Christopher House
  • Circle Urban Ministries
  • City Year Chicago
  • Cluster Tutoring
  • College Bound Opportunities
  • Erie Neighborhood House
  • Family Matters
  • Gads Hill Center
  • Hermosa Community Organization (in honor of Kimball R. Anderson, Winston & Strawn LLP)
  • Horizons for Youth
  • Inspired Youth Tutoring
  • Kelly Hall YMCA
  • Life Directions (in honor of Todd A. Smith, Power Rogers & Smith, P.C.)
  • LINK Unlimited
  • McGaw YMCA
  • Men Enterprising and Networking
  • Metropolitan Family Services DuPage
  • Midtown Educational Foundation
  • Minds Matter
  • Passages Alternative Living Program, Inc.
  • PEAK - The Partnership to Educate & Advance Kids
  • Penedo Charitable Organization
  • South Suburban Area Project
  • UCAN
  • Whitney Young Dolphins Making a Difference
  • WITS - Working in the Schools
  • Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella)

See for news from other cities about National Mentoring Month.

comment By tutormentor2 @ Wednesday, February 1, 2012 10:52 AM
Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) was part of the 1994-2009 leadership and growth of the Layers Lend A Hand to Youth Program and hope to help other industries form similar programs that support volunteer-based tutor/mentor program growth in an entire region. Visit the media page at and see some of the 1994-2000 articles that illustrate the early years of this partnership.

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