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To work with a group of middle school students in one of eight Catholic elementary schools---first come-first pick. To encourage them especially in developing good reading habits. Visit with them monthly during the school day.
212 W. Van Buren, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60607, US
Big Shoulders Fund is an independent charitable organization that serves inner-city Catholic schools which provide a quality, values-based education for Chicago’s children, thereby contributing to stronger communities.
Big Shoulders Fund was founded in 1986 as an organization to help support Chicago’s inner-city Catholic schools. Many of our students face disruptive family situations, gangs, crime, drugs, poverty, and racism. Of the nearly 20,000 children enrolled in the 75 schools - 61 elementary and 14 high schools - Big Shoulders support, 80% are minorities, and 66% are living at or below the poverty level and 32% are not Catholic. Today, Big Shoulders has expanded upon that initial strategic vision by taking a proactive rather than supporting role in four major areas - scholarships and enrichment, operational improvements, academic programs, and leadership development - with the goal of not just strengthening schools, but whole communities, and preparing students for life-long success.
By supporting these schools, Big Shoulders strives to provide Chicago with a new generation of competent, well-educated and ethically responsible citizens who will become the future leaders of our city; give children a daily environment that will help teach them to be caring and trusting adults, and foster stability within communities through concerned local schools. This investment is paying off with 96% of students graduating high school, 86% of scholars matriculating on to college, 92% making it to their sophomore year of college, and alums having jobs by 25, voting and giving back with their time, talent and treasure at twice the national average.
We'll work with your schedule.
This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.
June 22, 2020