Midtown Educational Foundation (MEF) is a nonprofit organization with an award-winning approach aimed to develop the whole person. MEF guides low-income urban youth in Chicago along pathways of success. Our proven enrichment programs embrace the dignity of the person by focusing on academic excellence, virtue development, individual attention, and parental engagement.
MEF operates through its Metro Achievement Center for girls and Midtown Center for boys in grades 4 - 12. Programs focus on Hispanic and African American youth, offering after-school and summertime growth opportunities that help students of average academic ability to achieve above-average results. MEF’s approach can be remembered with the help of an acronym that also describes every child it serves: "A V.I.P." The "A" stands for ACADEMICS. The "V" stands for basic VIRTUES. The "I" stands for INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION. The "P" stands for PARENTS. MEF operates on the principle that parents are the primary educators of their children.
For the past 19 years, we've had 95% of our students attend college prep high schools and 100% be accepted into college, with 92% retention in college. Help us continue the trend! Be a tutor, role model, and mentor at Metro Achievement Center for girls or Midtown Center for boys!
Volunteer tutor-mentor 2 hours once a week at our center, helping a student with their homework and goal-setting.
Build a unique relationship with the same student one-on-one.
No experience necessary! Tutor training available.
Would you recommend Midtown Educational Foundation - Metro for girls - Midtown for boys?
What's great about volunteering with MEF, is that it's an easy time commitment, it's structured well (which makes it easy when you're there), and most of all - working with the kids is great. You have interaction with the family, other tutor/mentors, and everyone is very friendly. Since I've started, three friends and 2 co-workers now volunteer with MEF too, and they all have other friends starting - which says a lot about the program. Just don't get cocky if you play dodgeball with the kids. Sure, you can throw harder - but you're also a bigger target!
This is my fifth year volunteering as a tutor-mentor at the Midtown Center for Boys and I cannot recommend it enough. The boys program is a once-a-week commitment and is very simple -- sports, tutoring, setting goals and a character talk. (a tutors stands up and talks about a virtue, such as honesty, perseverance, citizenship, etc.) You follow-up once a week with a phone call to hear first-hand from your student, and his parents, how he is doing at school and on his goals. It's amazing how this simple interaction, consistently applied, does so much. I personally have seen the strides that two students have made over the years. And what do I get? Every tutor-student relationship is different, but I have had the opportunity to watch two boys grow into responsible young men before my eyes. All the tutors I know have had similar positive experiences. Tutors leave when they get married or have a kid of their own, not because they aren't enjoying it. Can't recommend MEF high enough!!!
I have been a tutor at Midtown for the last three years. I volunteer for a couple of hours on Monday evenings during the school year. It has been a very rewarding experience. It has been great to mentor and befriend my student, his goal is to be the first in his family to attend college. It is also a great environment for networking with those with common interests especially if you are new to the area.