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
Chicago HOPES for Kids provides after-school program services (homework help, reading, and cultural enrichment) for children grades Kindergarten-5th, in homeless shelters throughout the City of Chicago. The after-school program is currently offered Monday-Thursday, after-school or early evening in five shelters. Literacy mentoring (one-on-one reading with an elementary school aged child) is a ten week program offered at 2 shelters. It will be expanding to all the shelters where we have our programs in the 2nd semester.
Pre-Reading, Reading, Creative Writing, Book Access & Distribution
Chicago Lights Summer Day is a six-week program that provides a safe place for 100 first through ninth graders to learn and engage in academic classes and arts instruction each summer. At the end of the session, students present a dynamic, multicultural arts performance for the community.
Reading, Creative Writing, Dramatic Play, Workforce Development