Making a World of               Difference...

                  one child at a time. 



                            Intentionally Impactful....2019

51 YOUTH SERVED during our 3 Days of STEM Holiday Program; 

26 LOCAL YOUTH EMPLOYED as STEM summer program support;  after school program support; youth mentors and/or program assistants;

872 MEALS SERVED   full breakfast, full lunch and/or complete dinner to program participants as well as community youth;

88 GROUP MENTORING SESSIONS  held at local middle schools and local libraries;

79 YOUTH referred to wellness visits;    

243 REFERRALS made ( including hotline calls to report abuse, neglect and self-harm). 

Pre and Post Summer STEM assessments showed 100% OF YOUTH RETAINED throughout Summer STEM 2019 increased their knowledge of science related content by at least 50%. Only one child even knew what STEM meant at the start of the program. All retained youth could verbalize what each letter in STEM means by the end of the first week in the program and again by the end of the summer.

100% ALL PROGRAM PURCHASES were made in the areas we serve (whenever possible);

Hundreds of cook county youth and families served through tutoring, after school programming, summer programs, mentoring, group and individual tutoring, parenting classes, employment training! 


We're still compiling 2020 data. It's both exciting and difficult to put into words all we do and frankly we are still trying to get a handle on reporting it all! If only we could count laughs or report smiles and all the ways being a part of a program culture that is truly life changing alters one's path! 

We're working on personal stories; some youth and family testimonials. Until we get all the good stuff in writing, we hope you'll get an idea of our work through the pictures shared on our site and that you'll enjoy them as much as we enjoyed the moments they were taken! :) 

Keep checking back for new 2020 impact stats. The best is yet to come!  

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