Program Update


Greetings Friends,

Happy springtime! Chicago HOPES for Kids is blooming in season with eleven programs for elementary and middle school students at seven sites around the city. More than 100 children have participated in HOPES programming so far this semester.

Curriculum for the month of March includes themes of extraordinary kids, springtime, traveling the world and exploring imagination. Curriculum-based enrichment activities are engaging and varied, with built-in differentiation, continued math engagement, and wider variety of subject matter and activity formats. Our enrichment partners Mad Science, Harmony, Hope and Healing, The Poetry Foundation, Code Play Learn and Math Circles have continued to provide our students with engaging programming.  Middle school programming is active at four sites, and the Literacy Mentors curriculum has been significantly improved for Spring semester, building on work initiated in 2018.

We are also gearing up for some upcoming events in April and May, including new and improved Family Night events and several field trips, including a visit to an animal shelter and a special evening at Lincoln Park Zoo!

Over the last few months Chicago HOPES for Kids partnered with the University of Chicago Campus Catalyst student consulting cohort, with some very positive, innovative results to be implemented in summer, including an improved database for tracking student progress, revised reading logs, student wellness check forms and more. I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to the Campus Catalyst team for your professional approach and your thoughtful recommendations; we appreciate it!

As always, thank you to everyone who contributes time, energy and resources to the continued success and growth of our program. We sincerely appreciate your support and acknowledge that this work, though necessary and rewarding, would be so much more difficult without you.

“Every child is a different kind of flower, and altogether make this world a beautiful garden.” --Anonymous