Collaborations are an important factor in the Center’s ability to offer the best programming possible, while keeping expenses down. In addition to our program being housed inside Chicago Public School locations, other resourceful partnerships include:

  • University of Chicago’s Neighborhood Schools Program and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide additional tutors to the Center at no cost. The Center has had a consistent partnership with University of Chicago since the 1960s.
  • Loyola University’s SLIY Project (Saving Lives & Inspiring Youth) is a cross age peer mentoring program in which our high school youth had the opportunity to mentor younger peers over the course of one year. The project fosters positive youth development to reduce negative outcomes related to violence exposure among youth from low-income, urban neighborhoods.
  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology provides counselors, tutors, mentors and pro bono counseling services which has been very effective in helping students who have had traumatic experiences.
  • Chicago Wisdom Project adds a dynamic component to Center programming by empowering youth to create a more just, sustainable, and compassionate culture through a curriculum that focuses on creativity and self-discovery.
  • CoreNet, a non-profit corporate real estate association, supports the Center annually through a Back to School Drive for school supplies, a Toy Drive for Christmas presents, and monetary donations.
  • The Chicago Wolves, Chicago’s professional American League Hockey Team, provides pro bono field trips, monetary support, and host a school supply drive for the Center annually.
  • The city’s WNBA team, the Chicago Sky, provide pro bono field trips and in-kind support.