Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) is a community-based 501(c)3 social services agency that serves low-income immigrants, refugees, people from all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, all generations from youth to seniors, and people of all abilities.

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Classroom, Inc. is an innovative, non-profit edtech transforming the lives of students by growing their literacy and life skills through technology. In our free digital learning games, students take charge in a real-world workplace and must overcome challenges through reading, writing, and problem-solving. Our curriculum and digital support tools ensure that both educators and students have a fun and empowering learning experience.

College Possible is making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Coaches, serving as AmeriCorps members, guide high school students through all of the key aspects of preparing for college during after-school sessions for two hours twice a week. Over the course of their junior and senior years, students complete 320 hours of curriculum in a supportive group of college-bound peers. College Possible high school graduates are coached through the transition to college and are supported all the way through college graduation. Their coaches, serving as AmeriCorps members, prepare them to be financially literate students with great study skills, ready to face the common obstacles to graduation.

At Communities In Schools of Chicago, our goal is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. This school year, we will impact more than 50,000 Chicago public school students. Overall, since our launch in 1988, we have supported more than 800,000 students and connected more than 16,000 services through relationships with one-quarter of all Chicago public schools.

Community Writing Project

The CWP offers writing workshops in poor and immigrant neighborhoods in the Chicago area and publishes writers’ stories in the magazine Real Conditions.

We believe every person is a thinker and an artist, and that the seeds for change can be found in the artistic and intellectual renderings of ordinary people.