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Chicago HOPES for Kids
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About Chicago HOPES for Kids
Chicago HOPES for Kids is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides after-school programming to children living in Chicago’s homeless shelters. We are one of the few organizations to have a consistent, 5-day a week presence in the shelters that focuses on the academic success of the children. With the support of our 130 volunteers, our students are provided with the resources and encouragement needed to succeed academically, and to break the cycle of homelessness that threatens their futures. Currently, we offer three programs in the shelters. Our first program is our HOPES After School Program. This program has three main components: homework help, literacy support, and enrichment activities. During this program, volunteers are partnered with students one-on-one or in small groups to make sure that the children receive the necessary support and encouragement to understand and complete their homework. Volunteers also ensure that students are progressing with their reading skills, and are having fun with the enrichment activity. Our second program is called Literacy Mentors. During this program, volunteers are partnered one-on-one with a student to work on his/her reading and literacy skills. Literacy Mentors also try to instill a life-long passion for reading. Our last program is our Parent Program. Each month, we offer parent sessions to help parents become aware of their children’s educational rights. Each session has a different topic, including the McKinney-Vento Act; school enrollment and the IEP process; education, housing, and employment resources; and the importance of reading with their child(ren). We are proud to be a consistent and positive presence for the children. We are planning to expand our reach to even more children and families in the coming years.
641 W. Lake Street Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60661
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