Program Update


Happy February! Program is off to a strong start thus far, with seven active sites in shelters around the city. Our program curriculum for February touches on Black history, friendship, identity and “getting unstuck,” that is, recovering from the missteps and mishaps we are all prone to as human beings. Our kids are creating group art projects, painting and dancing to music, creating mystery recipes and solving logic puzzles, in addition to engaging in literacy activities every program day. We do our best to ensure that our kids have a fun, supportive learning experience every day they attend program.

We are also expanding our programming to include more middle school students; we now have initiatives at four of our program sites to include middle schoolers with engaging lessons and activities at their level. So far it’s been successful and met with enthusiasm.

Chicago HOPES for Kids is partnering this semester with Campus Catalyst at the University of Chicago, a cohort of students engaging in non-profit consulting, to research and identify approaches to further improve the program, specifically with data collection and analysis of student outcomes. This partnership has been valuable and we have confidence that it will produce some practical, helpful strategies.

There’s a lot going on behind the scenes to keep our program going and to make it ever better. However, we rely on the generosity and support of volunteers to make things happen, and we need volunteers! If you or someone you know may be interested in supporting HOPES with a two-hour commitment per week, working directly with our students and making a positive difference in their lives, please contact us at

Thank you for your continued support of our program!