The mission of the Chicago Debate Commission is to advance the academic achievement, community contributions and life success of Chicago youth through debate. A non-profit organization governed by a Board of community members, the Chicago Debate Commission was founded in 1995 and launched the Chicago Debate League in partnership with Chicago Public Schools in 1997. Starting with just five schools, the Chicago Debate League has grown into the largest and most successful of the 19 urban debate leagues around the country, serving approximately 1,400 students each year from 72-78 schools. The CDC has reached in excess of 13,000 students since inception. The CDC reaches high school and middle school students from throughout the city of Chicago, from all kinds of city schools (neighborhood, magnet, selective and charter), from all racial, ethnic and socio-economic groups, and from across the academic spectrum, including those who start school as high performers and those who start with academic challenges. For all these students, our debate program advances their skills and college readiness – and transforms their lives.

Chicago Foundation for Education

Chicago Foundation for Education (CFE) offers grants and professional development opportunities to Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers. For more than 30 years, CFE initiatives have supported the teachers of CPS by enhancing teacher expertise, developing their leadership capacity, and creating learning communities. CFE currently offers five grant‐based programs and a teacher workshop to encourage curricular innovation and the replication of effective instruction.  We also offer Character Education Grants to fund the integration of teaching practices that encourage responsible decision‐making and emphasize the need for teamwork, respect, and tolerance in the classroom. Outreach efforts include Teacher Liaison and Teacher‐to‐Teacher initiatives. During the past fiscal year alone, CFE funded 586 grants and worked with 945 teachers across 270 schools.

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 HOPES for Kids provides educational support for children living in homeless shelters. It is our mission to provide our students with the resources and encouragement needed to succeed academically, despite the challenges of homelessness.

Chicago Lights

Brought to life by members of Fourth Presbyterian Church on North Michigan Avenue back in 1964, Chicago Lights seeks to support and meet the needs of children, youth, and adults facing the challenges of poverty in our city. Through supportive relationships and diverse programs, we empower people to thrive academically, secure economic stability, lead healthy lives, and build community.