A Wonderful Opportunity to Mentor Children Experiencing Homelessness!

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Tue Feb 07, 2017 - Thu Jun 01, 2017


641 W. Lake St., Suite 200Chicago, IL 60661


Did you know that approximately 21,000 Chicago Public School students were identified as homeless during the 2015-2016 academic school year?

Chicago HOPES for Kids empowers these homeless students to succeed academically. With the goal of sustainability, Chicago HOPES for Kids collaborates with schools, shelters and communities to provide after school support for students living in homeless shelters throughout Chicago.

Our after-school program is an opportunity to provide academic support, and build relationships with children K-5 who are experiencing homelessness. As an after-school volunteer you will empower students through learning, and have fun along the way! Volunteers assist in facilitating our easy-to-follow curriculum . The curriculum includes:

  • 40 minutes of homework help

  • 20 minutes of literacy support

  • 25 minutes of enrichment (a read aloud, paired with a corresponding activity)

Volunteers will work with 1 to 3 children at a time depending on the number of students at the site.

The program takes place within the shelter at sites in Austin, Uptown, Rogers Park, South Shore, Lakeview, North Lawndale, Englewood and Ashburn.

Volunteering with Chicago HOPES for Kids will give you the satisfaction of helping and guiding a child's academic and personal development! If you're interested in volunteering or would like to know more about the program, please contact us at volunteer@chicagohopesforkids.org or visit our website at www.chicagohopesforkids.org!


The program takes place in one of our partnering shelters for a designated two-hours, Monday-Thursday. We ask that volunteers select a site and consistent day of the week that they will volunteer for the entirety of the program semester. Through your commitment, you will build stronger relationships with the students we serve.


-Must be at least 18 years old and hold a high school diploma or GED
-Must attend a two hour mandatory training session
-Must pass a background check
-Must be comfortable working with multiple students in an occasionally fast-paced environment
-Must commit to one tutoring session (1.5 -2 hours) per week for the duration of the 16 week semester


  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Youth Services

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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