Hope Alive

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Area: Chicago

Volunteers help students ages 5-18 in Cabrini-Green with their homework, read with younger students and help build community.  In exchange, they get the opportunity to learn from staff and students about the neighborhood from the perspective of the residents.


Eye to Eye

Jess Fang

Eye to Eye is a national mentoring program that pairs college students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD with similarly labeled Golf Middle School students. Using art projects, mentors help their mentees understand their unique way of learning and thinking, building their self-esteem and skills they need to become self-advocates


By the Hand Club for Kids

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Area: Cabrini-Green

By the Hand is an after school program for at risk youth. It is a program that seeks to develop not only academic skills, but also works with families and teachers to help the children in all areas. Volunteers work as TAs in the classroom, or work individually with a student. A one time training is required for regular volunteers.


Boys Hope Girls Hope

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Area: Evanston

Volunteers provide tutoring/mentoring assistance for high school students living in three houses a few blocks away from Northwestern’s campus. Currently, the greatest assistance is needed in the sciences, math and foreign languages, but tutors from all areas can be useful on any given day.


Hotel Jonquil

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Area: Evanston

Jonquil Hotel is a transitional home where families live who are coming from homelessness and working towards self-sufficiency. Jonquil volunteers tutor kids once a week (ages 5-13) and also go once a week to play with kids and help out with Saturday morning programming.


Family Focus

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Area: Evanston

Family Focus is an after school program for kids in Evanston ages 7-15.  There are three different groups you can work with: elementary school age kids, older girls, and older boys.  A normal day with the younger kids involves helping them with their homework, reading for about 20 minutes, and then playing games like Uno, Mancala, or playing outside on a nice day.  Family Focus is very close to campus so it’s a short drive away!  We leave campus around 3:30 and get back before 6.


Christopher House

Stacey Sanchez

Area: Uptown

Volunteers help in one of three rooms (ages 5-7, ages 8-9 or ages 10-12) for activities ranging from snacks, play time, homework help, and enriching activities such as reading and arts and crafts.  This site serves mostly low-income families and several immigrant populations.  One-on-one tutoring is an available option for interested parties.


826 Chi

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Are: Chicago

26CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.The services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

With this in mind, volunteers provide drop-in tutoring, after-school workshops, field trips, in-school tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications. All of the programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice. All volunteers must attend an 826CHI orientation prior to volunteering. There will be opportunities to get more information and orient with the program later in the quarter. For more information about or programs and students, visit


Project JAM

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Area: Rogers Park

Project JAM focuses on male and female youth issues. Volunteers facilitate activities planned by the site leaders such as grammar exercises, team building exercises, and other games and outdoor activities.



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Area: Evanston

Y.O.U reaches out to young people ages 10 to 18. Volunteer activities consist of helping the kids with their homework and fun activities such as playing soccer outside, making a craft, or having Reader’s Theater. No training is required.


Recycling Success

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Area: Chicago

Recycling Success is an community service initiative that works to provide new resources to students who need them the most. Our group focuses on working with low income students to prepare them for one of the most crucial and significant aspects for applying for college: standardized testing. Our goal is to give these students who either can’t afford or aren’t adequately prepared for these tests a new resource to boost their performance. Recycling Success functions by doing book drives and providing tutoring. Initially, we worked with affluent high schools to do books drives and collect SAT/ACT prep books. In addition, we are now in the process of creating a new tutoring program through a partnership with project EXCITE, and have donated prep supplies to their organization as well. If interested we can get in contact with coordinate to tutor a student in the program or a graduate for ACT/SAT prep. If you are interesting in being involved in our club and/or any of our activities, contact us at


LYDIA Children’s Home

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Area: Chicago

This organization assists orphans and victims of neglect and physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse.  They provide a continuum of services including counseling, day care, foster care placement, short-term residential arrangements and many others. A number of our programs reach out to parents by helping them provide a loving home for their children as well.

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