Organizations

Afscme 3506

Afscme3506 represents approximately 500 Adult Educators and coordinators for the Chicago City Colleges. As a result we offer approximately 85% of Adult Education services within the City of Chicago and 45% in the state of Illinois. In the context of our vocation we understand that both material well-being and a moral life are related to literacy.

The Center for the Collaborative Classroom is a nonprofit organization dedicated to students’ growth as critical thinkers who learn from, care for, and respect one another.

Chicago Books to Women in Prison

Chicago Books to Women in Prison is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We provide a critical intervention into an oppressive system that gives incarcerated people little or no access to books. By sending books free of charge to incarcerated women nationwide, we offer the opportunity for self-empowerment, education, and entertainment that reading provides.

Currently, we send books to women in state prisons in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio, as well as all Federal prisons and Cook County Jail. In 2016 we mailed 3,901 packages of books and blank journals to women in prison around the country—9,700 or so books in all and 591 blank journals.

At The Chicago Home Tutor they believe that each child is a unique kaleidoscope of skills, and they work to attune to children’s needs by connecting with him or her and curiously listening and observing. They send a compassionate expert equipped with an effective, scientifically supported program to remove any barriers to success. Understanding that as teachers they are lifelong learners who, like children, function best with support, they monitor progress and consult research and other professionals to ensure that they are providing the best services possible.

Chicago Youth Shakespeare (CYS) is dedicated to putting Shakespeare’s timeless works into the hands of 21st-century teenagers. Through innovative performance, education, and outreach programs, CYS is connecting students across Chicagoland with Shakespeare and with each other. CYS is committed to providing a safe space for students of all backgrounds, and to fostering a diverse community of creative young artists and compassionate global citizens.