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
$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.
Below is a complete list of our 2011-2012 grantee programs:
See http://www.nationalmentoringmonth.org/news_events/newswires/ for news from other cities about National Mentoring Month.