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.
Chicago Cares is a local nonprofit organization that builds volunteer experiences that mobilize and inspire people to make Chicago a stronger community. At Art Around the World, volunteers partner with students to engage in reading and related art projects focused on countries and cultures from around the world. The program works to build students’ confidence, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension in a fun and engaging environment.
Chicago Cares is a local nonprofit organization that builds volunteer experiences that mobilize and inspire people to make Chicago a stronger community. At Read-with-Me, volunteers partner with students to engage in reading and related art projects, working to build students’ confidence, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension in a fun and engaging environment.
Central, Far North Side, North Side, South Side, Southwest Side, West Side
The mission of the Chicago Debate Commission is to advance the educational achievement, life success and community contributions of Chicago’s youth through its academic debate program, the Chicago Debate League. Approximately 1200-1400 CPS middle school and high school students participate in this rigorous, fun and engaging academic program at 70-78 schools each year. Through regular team practices, independent research, and exciting debate tournaments, students develop critical thinking, reading, research, communications and teamwork skills, preparing them for college and career success.
Reading, Expository Writing
Grades K-8, Grades 9-12
Central, Far North Side, Far Southeast Side, Far Southwest Side, North Side, Northwest Side, South Side, Southwest Side, West Side, Suburbs
CLI works in PreK to 3rd grade classrooms to improve early literacy education in high-need schools. We provide research-based, best practice professional training and coaching along with high-quality children’s literature and classroom materials.
Pre-Reading, Reading, Pre-Writing, Book Access & Distribution, ELL/ESL, Teacher Training