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
Chicago Lights Tutoring runs Monday-Thursday from 6:00pm-7:30pm from October–May. The program provides academic and mentoring support to 400 children in 1st -12th grades. At the program, students are offered dinner, arts and enrichment classes, access to a computer lab, a library, career development classes, literacy programs and the attention of a caring adult.
They provide one hour of programming to roughly 20 public libraries across Chicago during the months of July and August. Our programming involves playing a giant word game that exercises spelling, grammar, math skills, and soft skills, like teamwork. Additionally we have Math, Spanish, and ASL games to teach other skills.
Pre-Reading, Reading, Pre-Writing
PreK (Age 3-5), Grades K-8
Central, Far North Side, Far Southeast Side, Far Southwest Side, North Side, Northwest Side, South Side, Southwest Side, West Side