Community Partnerships

The Center for Civic Learning and Community Action partners with over 100 community based organizations across the Chicagoland area for experiential learning and capacity building projects. 

SJP Community Partners

  • 29Eleven Consulting
     29Eleven Consulting is dedicated to social media education, management and strategy development. Website
  • The Arts of Life, North Shore
    The Arts of Life advances the creative arts community by providing artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities a collective space to expand their practice and strengthen their leadership. Website.
  • AIDS Foundation of Chicago
     The AIDS Foundation of Chicago mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases. To realize our mission, we will: Improve health equity.
 We will increase access to high-quality, comprehensive prevention, care and housing services free from stigma. Prevent new cases of HIV.
 We will reduce new HIV infections through innovative approaches to prevention, care, housing and education with a focus on most-impacted populations. Serve as a collaboration and knowledge center.
 We will be a thought leader and resource center to create and share best practices, innovations and models.Be a bold voice for change.
 We will be a leading voice to mobilize advocates and people living with HIV and related chronic diseases to transform systems, policies, and resources. Website.
  • Alliance for Immigrant Neighbors
    AIN is committed to providing compassionate, quality, and affordable legal assistance for immigrants in and around Des Plaines, Illinois. AIN was established as a response to the need for accessible legal services for the Northwest Suburbs’ increasingly diverse immigration population. Since 2015, AIN has served immigrant families through direct legal services and community education. Website
  • Alternatives, Inc.
    A not-for-profit youth and family service agency, Alternatives, Inc. facilitates personal development, strengthens family relationships, and enhances the community’s well being. Website.
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
    We are dedicated to the health and well-being of all children. As the pediatric teaching facility of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, this commitment drives us to be a leader in:-Pediatric healthcare delivery-Research into the prevention, causes and treatment of diseases that affect children
-Education for physicians, nurses and allied health professionals
-Advocacy for the general well-being of all children. As a charitable organization, we serve children and their families to the best of our abilities and the limits of our resources. Website.
  • Arab American Family Services (AAFS)
    The mission of Arab American Family Services is to change and impact the quality of life by serving and building stronger and healthier generations of Arab Americans in our communities. Website.
  • Arise Chicago
    Arise Chicago builds partnerships between faith communities and workers to fight workplace injustice through education, organizing and advocating for public policy changes. Website.
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago
    As 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Asian Americans Advancing Justice exists to empower the Asian American community through advocacy, research, education and coalition building. Website.
  • Asian Human Services
    Since 1978, when Asian Human Services began helping South East Asian refugees, the organization has retained a single purpose: to positively transform lives among Chicago’s immigrants, refugees, and other under-served communities. We exist to provide client-centered, quality and compassionate services to Asian immigrants and other under-served communities so that they can fully participate in society, prosper and thrive. Website.
  • Austin Coming Together
    To increase the collective impact of our member organizations on education and economic development outcomes in the Austin community of Chicago. Website.
  • Back on My Feet
    Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources. Website.
  • BACKBONES
    BACKBONES exists to help people with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D) and their families connect with their communities. Website.
  • BEDS-Plus Care
    Beds-Plus Care’s mission is to help vulnerable individuals stabilize their lives through housing and supportive services. Website
  • BIG: Blacks in Green
    BIG™ is an economic development organization based in West Woodlawn, Chicago. We serve as bridge and catalyst among communities and their stakeholders in the design and development of “walk-to-work, walk-to-shop, walk-to-learn, walk-to-play villages” within black neighborhoods. We teach Grannynomics™ and Green-Village-Building™ – a whole-system solution for the whole-system problems common to black communities everywhere.
    Website
  • Board of Education, Chicago Public Schools
    At CPS, our vision is that every student in every neighborhood will be engaged in a rigorous, well-rounded instructional program and will graduate prepared for success in college, career and life. Website
  • Breakthrough Urban Ministries
    In Chicago’s East Garfield Park, there are significant negative influences to overcome. Breakthrough fosters the development of the community by building healthy relationship networks, growing the skills of the men, women and children, and promoting the transfer of wisdom to our younger generation. Website
  • BUILD, Inc.
    BUILD’s mission is to engage at-risk youth in the schools and on the streets, so they can realize their educational and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety and well being of our communities. Website
  • Career Transitions Center of Chicago (CTC)
    The Career Transitions Center of Chicago’s (CTC) mission is to provide professional, emotional and spiritual support to those seeking a job, looking for meaningful work, and to enhance the employability of incumbent workers. CTC is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization providing professional assistance to individuals in career and employment transition. CTC also provides outplacement and customized training for incumbent workers. Website.
  • Carpe Ventus
    Our vision is to create redemptive relationships through life-giving risk. We work out this vision by strengthening mentorship through sailing, kiteboarding and windsurfing. Website
  • CASA Kane County
    CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. We are a nonprofit volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court system. We recruit, train and supervise community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused, neglected and private guardianship minors under the age of 21. Website
  • CeaseFire Illinois
    CeaseFire is a Public Health Service Organization designed to address violence in Chicago and the surrounding communities. Violence is a public health issue and therefore is a preventable and curable disease. CeaseFire Illinois partners with communities, government, and health entities to end violence and promote peacemaking. Website.
  • Center for Adlerian Practice and Scholarship; Adler University
    To maintain, promote and grow the core theory, research, and methods of Adlerian Psychology, its foundational roots, and best practice applications in schools, at home, in clinical settings, the workplace and in the community. Website.
  • Center for College Access & Success/NEIU
    The Center for College Access and Success and Northeastern Illinois University are dedicated to an educational mission that empowers and supports students, families, educators and the community. collaborative partnerships that engage the entire community to help students succeed academically and socially, bringing together teachers, parents and administrators, and staff from community agencies, universities, arts and cultural organizations, and businesses to share knowledge and resources. Website.
  • Center for Economic Progress
    The Center for Economic Progress (CEP) helps low-income, working families as a trusted provider of tax and financial services. Everything we do, from direct service to informing public policy, improves the financial stability of those we serve. Website
  • Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
    The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (the Alliance) is an organization with the primary mission of defending the democratic rights of the people to organize and struggle for justice.  It is focused mainly on ending police crimes through enacting a law establishing democratic community control of the police. The Alliance is also involved in struggles to free victims of wrongful convictions and imprisonment, to win adequate medical care for people who are incarcerated, to abolish the death penalty and incarceration for life without possibility of parole. The Alliance fights all forms of racist, political, sexist, and national oppression and repression. Website.
  • Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
    We organize and advocate to prevent and end homelessness, because we believe housing is a human right in a just society. Website.
  • Chicago House & Social Service Agency
    Chicago House and Social Service Agency serves individuals and families who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity by providing housing, employment services, medical linkage and retention services, HIV prevention services, legal services, and other supportive programs. Website.
  • Chicago Jobs with Justice
    Our mission is to build a strong and progressive labor movement that works in solidarity with community, faith and student organizations to win campaigns for workers’ rights and social and economic justice. Website.
  • Chicago Public Schools, Network 7
    Website. 
  • Chicago Public Schools Office of Leadership & Learning
    The Office of Leadership & Learning focuses on empowerment. In order to empower students, we must have empowered teachers who see the value in allowing students to have more ownership. In order to empower teachers, we must have empowered systems that can support the important work teachers
are doing. In order to have empowered schools, we must empower parents to be active stewards of the educational process. Website.
  • Chicago Public Schools Pilsen/Little Village Parent University
    To provide parents/community with experiences intended to support a new outlook on education and the learning process that will transfer into positive outcomes for our students. Website
  • Chicago Recovery Alliance
    Harm reduction outreach is the philosophy and practice of respectfully collaborating with people to assist any positive change as a person defines it for him/herself and begins where the person is at with no biases or condemnation for the person’s chosen lifestyle. Website.
  • Chicago Region Trees Initiative/The Morton Arboretum
    By 2050, the Chicago Region will support and host a healthier urban forest that will provide the region improved environmental, economic, and social benefits. To make a significant, measurable improvement to the regional forest and the lives of its inhabitants, CRTI is setting actionable goals for canopy cover, species and age class diversity, and management expertise to create a more resilient forest. Website
  • Chicago Women in Trades
    CWIT’s programs are designed to support individual women in building construction and other nontraditional careers, expand opportunity for women in these industries, and develop the capacity of construction and other stakeholders to recruit and advance women. Website.
  • Child Care Advocates United (CCAU)
    Increase awareness of child care providers and parents participating in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) on governmental, community and national issues effecting children. Website
  • College Mentoring Experience
    College Mentoring Experience is a Chicago provides resources to help youth enter into college and graduate via college tours, scholarships, tutoring and mentorship; we prepare students with academic and soft skills needed to succeed in the 21st century academic and workplace environments. Website
  • Communities in Schools of Chicago
    At Communities In Schools of Chicago, our goal is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Website.
  • Connections for the Homeless
    We provide housing, employment and supportive services to move individuals and families out of the shadow of homelessness. Website.
  • Cornerstone Community Outreach
    Addressing Homelessness, Providing Shelter, Accepting People, Finding Home.Cornerstone Community Outreach has a long standing commitment to providing shelter and finding homes for families and individuals who are at the greatest risk of being excluded from necessary services. Website.
  • Cure Violence, University of Illinois School of Public Health
    CURE VIOLENCE is an innovating, guiding, teaching, and training initiative affiliated with the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health that strategically administers a hyper-local approach which empowers community stakeholders as powerful change agents while building local capacity. Cure Violence, is an evidence-informed health approach scientifically proven to reduce violence (5 independent evaluations with 41-73% reductions in violence), which views violence as an infectious, contagious health issue in which levels of violence increase with exposure (e.g., domestic violence, war violence, street violence, etc.). Therefore, to interrupt the cycle of transmission, Cure Violence employs methods and strategies associated with disease control: 1) detection & interruption; 2) changing behaviors of highest risk; and 3) changing community norms. This evidence-informed health model is currently being replicated in 8 countries (e.g., Canada, Honduras, South Africa, and Syria) and 60 communities across 25 US cities. Cure Violence programming has been implemented across a range of critical settings: community, hospital, school and prison. Website.
  • Cures Within Reach
    Cures Within Reach works to catalyze medical re-purposing research to quickly and affordably improve patient lives. Re-purposing research tests existing, approved  drugs and devices to create treatments for unsolved diseases. We connect researchers and funding, facilitate crowdsourcing and community and identify alternative financial models for re-purposing generic drugs. Website.
  • Darren B. Easterling Center for Restorative Practices
     Based in Chicago’s Englewood community, The Darren B. Easterling Center for Restorative Practices (the Center), was founded on the belief that, by our humanity, we are all connected. Our mission is to address the individual behaviors at the core of gun-violence through comprehensive and holistic programs. Through restorative practices, we serve children and young adults who have experienced violent crime as either a victim or an offender. Website.
  • Division of Behavioral Health Programs Will County Health Department
    The Mission of the Will County Health Department is to prevent disease and promote a healthier environment for all. To that end, agency professionals assure the maintenance of flexible program initiatives and develop sound public health policies, based on a thorough assessment of community needs. Website.
  • Do-over.me
    Do-over.me provides practical support to people in achieving success, as they define it, in their work and in their lives. Website
  • Empowerment through Education and Exposure
    To provide youth with educational experiences and exposure activities, empowering them to reach and achieve success beyond their current understanding of what is possible. Website
  • Enlace Chicago
    Enlace Chicago is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of the residents of the Little Village community by fostering a physically safe and healthy environment in which to live and by championing opportunities for educational advancement and economic development. Website.
  • Family Focus
    The mission of Family Focus is to promote the well-being of children from birth by supporting and strengthening families in and with their communities. We help parents gain confidence and competence as the primary caregivers and educators of their children. We provide parents and their children with critical resources and learning opportunities to encourage healthy development in their communities. Website
  • Family Matters Chicago
    Family Matters connects youth and their families to opportunities that matter — relationships, resources and real-world experiences. We have been working in the North of Howard neighborhood of Rogers Park in Chicago for over 28 years. Family Matters offers a variety of programs during after-school hours that focus on individual goal-setting (both personal and academic) and foster strong communication and social-emotional skills. Website.
  • Fathers and Blessings (FAB)
    Fathers and Blessings (FAB) NFP is a nonprofit organization that focuses on providing empowering resources that are designed to uplift the communities that we serve. Website.
  • Forest Preserve Foundation
    Our mission is to engage in protecting and restoring the treasured natural habitats of the Forest Preserves of Cook County and to enhance the outdoor experiences of all communities. Website
  • Foster Progress
    Foster Progress empowers Illinois youth currently or formerly in foster care to attain a college degree and transition into adulthood successfully by providing mentorship, advocacy, and educational opportunity. Website
  • Gary Comer Youth Center
    To provide support for our members to graduate from high school, prepared for college and careers. Website.
  • Haymarket Center
    The mission of Haymarket Center is to aid people with substance use disorders in their recovery by providing comprehensive behavioral health solutions. Website
  • Healthcare Alternative Systems (H.A.S.)
    Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc. (H.A.S.) provides a continuum of multicultural and bilingual (English/Spanish) behavioral care and social services that empower individuals, families and communities. Website.
  • Heartland Alliance
    The Mission of Heartland Alliance is to advance the human rights and to respond to the human needs of endangered populations particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society. Website.
  • Housing Opportunities for Women (HOW)
    Empowering women, children and families to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Website
  • Humanitarian Service Project
    It is the mission of the Humanitarian Service Project to alleviate the pain and suffering that poverty brings to needy seniors and children living in DuPage and Kane counties, Illinois, without discrimination or exclusion for any reason. Website.
  • I Grow Chicago
    I Grow Chicago’s mission is to provide a safe, inter-generational haven to children and at-risk community members. Through sustainable farming and educational programs in nutrition, movement yoga and the arts, we foster creativity, wellness and empowerment for individuals in the community as a whole. I Grow Chicago is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed for exclusively charitable and educational purposes. Website.
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
    To provide distinctive and relevant education in an environment of scientific, technological, and professional knowledge creation and innovation. Website
  • Illinois Institute of Technology Department of Environmental Health and Safety
    The Office of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety works to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local safety and environmental regulations. Assists departments in devising appropriate safety procedures and training. Website
  • Illinois Institute of Technology Global Leaders Program
    Our program empowers Chicago’s young innovators and supports their path to higher education. The Global Leaders Program aims to be catalyst for Chicago’s talented youth as they hone their unique leadership abilities and take steps towards college and career. Website
  • Illinois Public Health Institute
    The Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) mobilizes stakeholders, catalyzes partnerships, and leads action to promote prevention and improve public health systems in order to maximize health, health equity and quality of life for the people of Illinois. Website.
  • In Her Shoes Foundation
    The purpose of In Her Shoes Foundation™ is to bring together women of all ages and backgrounds to inspire, connect, educate and support the development and maintenance of a healthy and positive lifestyle. Website
  • Indo-American Center
     The Indo-American Center (IAC) addresses the needs of South Asian immigrants as well as people from more than twenty nations the world over. IAC provides services that facilitate their adjustment, integration, and friendship with the wider society, nurture their sense of community, and foster appreciation for the diversity of culture and heritage. Website.
  • Jane Addams Senior Caucus
    Jane Addams Senior Caucus is a multiracial, grassroots organization led by concerned seniors in the Chicago metropolitan area. We cross neighborhood, racial, religious and socio-economic lines to find common ground upon which to act on our values. Through leadership development, organizing and popular education, we use the power of our collective voice to work for economic, social and racial justice for all seniors and our communities. Website
  • Jane Addams Resource Corporation
     The mission of Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) is to promote strong communities, businesses and households to ensure that people who work do not live in poverty. JARC provides high quality skills training and support services to help lower-income and unemployed workers achieve self-sufficiency. JARC provides economic and workforce development services to businesses to improve their competitiveness. Website.
  • KAN-WIN
     KAN-WIN’s mission is to eradicate all forms of violence against women, including domestic violence and sexual assault, by empowering Asian American survivors and engaging the community through culturally competent services, community education and outreach, and advocacy. Website.
  • Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago (LAF)
     The American legal system is complex for anyone. But for someone who is living in poverty and unable to hire an attorney, our legal system is downright intimidating. For the last 50 years LAF (formerly the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago) has provided people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago with free professional legal services. LAF makes equal justice a reality, impacting the lives of over 40,000 of the most vulnerable members of our community. LAF’s full-time attorneys and staff give their clients individualized attention. Their work results in such successes as an order of protection from an abusive spouse, prevention of an unfair eviction, or justice for a victim of consumer fraud. LAF’s work starts by making the legal system accessible to our clients and concludes with a resolution that changes their lives and gets them back on track. Website.
  • Latinos Progresando
     Latinos Progresando serves immigrants with the highest quality, low-cost legal immigration services, community education and engagement, and advocacy/organizing around policy that affects immigrants. Website.
  • Language Empowers All People LEAP
     LEAP is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to research-driven language and literacy development in low income communities. LEAP’s programs are proven to accelerate self-confidence and fulfillment in children, parents, and educators. LEAP believes if you can speak, write and communicate effectively, you command the most important tools to achieve your life goals. LEAP believes that words are tools to read, think, speak, imagine, cooperate, problem solve, and, ultimately, empower. Website.
  • Literacy Works
     Literacy Works strengthens adult literacy, parent education, and workforce development programs by developing and providing innovative training and knowledge-sharing opportunities for professionals and volunteers. We believe that one day, all people will be able to realize their full potential through the ability to read, write, and interpret the world. Website.
  • Men & Women in Prison Ministries
     Founded in 1982, the mission of Men & Women in Prison Ministries (MWIPM) is to provide interrogated supportive care services and healthcare advocacy for incarcerated and re-entry populations. MWIPM supports individuals involved with the criminal justice system to reconstruct their lives, by providing resources that support community reintegration. The agency’s non-denominational prison ministries and services promote spiritual and cultural awareness. Website.
  • Mental Health America North Shore
     Mental Health America of the North Shore promotes mental wellness through awareness, education and advocacy. Website.
  • Mujeres Latinas en Acción
     Mujeres Latinas en Acción empowers Latinas through providing services which reflect their values and culture and being an advocate on the issues that make a difference in their lives. Youth Services Mission: Proyecto Juventud/Project Youth Services (PJ) offers interdisciplinary after- school programs for teenagers (ages 12-18) that focus on topics including violence prevention, academic intervention, leadership and community advocacy, STEAM oriented and career readiness apprenticeship programs with a strong push for higher education. It also incorporates evidence-based curriculums such as Joven Noble, MLEA Comprehensive Sexual Health Education, and specific culturally sensitive components aimed at strengthening family communication and cultural values. Mujeres Latinas en Acción has created a safe space for youth where teens can express themselves and receive guidance and tools for academic success to become leaders in their communities. Many of the program participants come from homes where they have experienced domestic violence and teens who benefit from Proyecto Juventud/Project Youth services are from all sectors of the Chicago-land Area. Website.
  • National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial
     The Museum & Memorial provides a platform for survivors, their families, and the general public to come together to increase their awareness of the Cambodian genocide and its impact on the community, to facilitate dialogues bridging generations, to promote the role of art and creative engagement in healing, and to facilitate youth leadership in social justice. Website.
  • Northside Community Resources
     Northside Community Resources’ mission is to build and strengthen communities among the diverse populations of Chicago’s North side. Website.
  • Northwest Side Housing Center
     To Engage, Educate, and Empower the community for all. Website.
  • Office of the Cook County Public Guardian
     The Office of the Cook County Public Guardian represents those persons routinely ignored by society. We have three divisions devoted to championing for the rights of children and adults. In our Juvenile Division, we act as lawyers and guardians ad litem for abused and neglected children. In our Adult Guardianship Division, we act as guardian for adults with disabilities and their estates. Our third division, the Domestic Relations Division, focuses on representing children in highly contested custody cases. Website.
  • One Northside
     We build collective power to illuminate injustice through bold and innovative community organizing. We accomplish this through developing grassroots leaders and acting together to effect change. Website.
  • Onward Neighborhood House
     Onward House is a community based organization that assists families and individuals by providing access to a wide range of programs to create opportunities for long term success. Website.
  • OPEN Center for the Arts
     The mission of OPEN Center for the Arts is to provide a space where all artists can come together to showcase, refine, and develop their talents as well as support entrepreneurship opportunities in the arts while connecting their growth to the community. Website.
  • Openlands
     Openlands protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife, and help balance and enrich our lives. Website.
  • Pan-African Association
     Our mission is to serve, empower, and promote the integration of refugees, asylees, and immigrants from Africa and around the world. Website.
  • Plant Chicago
     Plant Chicago’s mission is to develop circular economies of food production, energy conservation, and material reuse, while empowering people of all backgrounds to make their cities healthier and more efficient. Website.
  • Policy & Art Initiative, University of Illinois at Chicago
     The 29,000 people on the Illinois sex offender registry are impacted by hundreds of regulations on housing, work, and employment, as well as presence and loitering restrictions, all which affect their daily lives, and those of their families. These restrictions do not achieve the policy goals of improving public safety or preventing victimization, and they are particularly difficult for formerly incarcerated people who are poor, have disabilities, experience mental illness, and/or who already face discrimination in jobs, housing and education. These laws also have unintended negative consequences, such as contributing to marginalization, isolation and homelessness, and increasing the risk factors for recidivism. Illinois policy advocates are working together on a one-year strategic plan to research and reform state laws related to sexual conduct offenses. The Policy & Art Initiative will work with these organizations to advocate for policies to prevent and reduce sexual abuse and sexual assault using evidence-based practices and harm reduction. Historically, non-profit agencies working on Illinois criminal justice reform have not taken up the work of questioning or challenging extreme punishments and restrictions for people convicted of sex offenses. In fact, the failure of advocates to question these policies when they were passed has helped usher in a major expansion of the criminal legal system, especially in public registries and civic regulations. Now, given current initiatives to counter mass incarceration, especially its disproportionate minority impact, legislators and advocates in Illinois are positioned to question current laws regarding sexual conduct. Many Illinois legislators do feel that these laws are not in the interest of public safety, and would like to move the system toward best practices for prevention and rehabilitation, but it is difficult politically for them to reform them without concerted advocacy and media on the issue. Website.
  • Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation
     The Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR) is a ministry inspired by a spirituality of the Precious Blood. Motivated by the belief that “those who were far off have been brought near through the blood of Christ” (Eph. 2:13), we work as agents of reconciliation. Website.
  • Project Exploration
     Project Exploration empowers and mentors underrepresented youth through science, technology and engineering out-of-school-time experiential programs led by university students and skilled professionals. Website.
  • Project Prospera
     Project Prospera is an interdisciplinary group of Artists, Designers, Attorneys and Technologists co-creating for social innovation. We believe this world is full of Doers. Makers. Thinkers. Innovators. Creators. By building bridges across disciplines and silos, we bolster community-driven solutions to social issues. Website.
  • Project SYNCERE
    The mission of Project SYNCERE (Supporting Youth’s Needs with Core Engineering Research Experiments) is to prepare the minds and create pathways for underrepresented and disadvantaged students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Website
  • Public Allies Chicago
     Our mission is to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it. We are changing the face and practice of leadership in communities across the country by demonstrating our conviction that everyone can lead, and that lasting social change results when citizens of all backgrounds step up, take responsibility, and work together. Website.
  • Rainbows for All Children
     Rainbows for All Children (Rainbows) is dedicated to being the premier source of support for all youth as they navigate grief and heal from loss, whether from death, divorce, deployment, or other trauma. Rainbows fosters awareness that youth require support to heal. We nurture a community of effective Rainbows-trained Facilitators, supported with a repository of resources designed to guide youth in their grieving process. Website.
  • Rape Victim Advocates
    Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the healing and empowerment of sexual assault survivors through non-judgmental crisis intervention counseling, individual and group trauma therapy, and medical and legal advocacy in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. RVA provides public education and institutional advocacy in order to improve the treatment of sexual assault survivors and to effect positive change in policies and public attitudes toward sexual assault. Website
  • Reason to Give
     Reason to Give empowers people to transform their lives and set their own paths to success. With education, guidance, and the right resources, we can break the cycle of poverty in our communities and give everyone the opportunity to become self-sufficient.Our goal: to give motivated people everything they need to achieve their goals, both in their homes and in their professional lives. Website.
  • Roots to Wellness
    Roots to Wellness creates spaces for providers, community organizations, and community residents to come together and to coordinate, advocate, and provide support that builds on the inherent strengths and existing resources within the community while also addressing the impact that trauma has on the residents of the southwest side of Chicago. Website.
  • Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab
    The Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab is a Chicago based, nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainability and environmental service learning, youth driven social philanthropy and connecting our youth to nature and indigenous cultures.
    ​SKSL aims to teach our youth about the world around them by integrating environmental sciences, indigenous culture studies, service and philanthropy in effort to inspire our children to become true inheritors of the Earth. Website
  • Share Our Spare
    Share Our Spare™ is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to sharing new and gently-used clothing, toys and supplies with children ages four and under. Since our inception in 2011, we have collected more than 500,000 infant and toddler items to help hundreds of local families in need. Website
  • Snow City Arts
     Snow City Arts inspires and educations children and youth in hospitals through the arts. Website.
  • Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP)
     The Southwest Organizing Project’s (SWOP) mission is to build a broad-based organization of Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith institutions, public and private schools and other institutions in Southwest Chicago, which will enable families to exercise common values, determine their own future and connect with each other to improve life in their neighborhoods. To this end, leaders of SWOP have dedicated themselves to building relationships across racial, ethnic, generational and faith differences and to bringing the common concerns of their institutions into the public life of the community as they develop the capacity to act collectively and stand for the whole. Website.
  • St. Joseph Services
     Inspired by the vision of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Joseph Services educates youth and adults, developing values and talents through collaborations to strengthen communities. Website.
  • St. Leonard's Ministries
    Believing individuals want to lead productive and whole lives, St. Leonard’s Ministries provides a setting in which men and women recently released from prison can achieve such a life. Residents are provided with an array of program services designed to assist them as they make the transition to successful, independent living. During their stay at St. Leonard’s House, Grace House and St. Andrew’s Court, residents are helped to reassess value systems, to reorder priorities and to develop socially and legally acceptable patterns of behavior. Website
  • Storyographers, LLC
     Storyographers is a popular education media collective that pairs storytelling with media making to produce short form films for health, healing and community transformation. As a community of practice, we are called to bring wellness and justice to the narratives of people of color, whose stories too often suffer from a lack of complication, while the forces complicit in their outcomes go unnamed and unsolicited. Yet, there is a truth present in these communities, fortified by analysis and recorded through histories that calls the most vulnerable and courageous among us to speak, for those who cannot or did not. Storyographers is not a what, it is a who, and we are in the business of helping voices find words, their own words. Storyography is a community based participatory research methodology that situates the individual’s narrative in the broader systemic structure. The digital stories created during workshops, by members of the underrepresented communities, serve as an artifact that can enhance health promotion, provoke dialogue, reveal hidden structural barriers, and provide nuanced qualitative data. Storyographers broader aim is to promote trauma informed cared, and initiate a systemic change in global health debate, practice and policy. 
  • Super 7 Girls
    The nature of our program is working closely with girls in under-resourced communities of color to give them the ‘superpowers’ they need to succeed.
  • Teen Living Programs
     Teen Living Programs builds community, hope and opportunity for youth who are homeless. We address their immediate needs and help them achieve independence and stable housing. Website.
  • Telpochcalli Community Education Project
     TCEP mobilizes youth and adults for social justice by building individual capacity, collective power, and mutual responsibility; through culturally relevant and community-directed education, leadership development, and organizing. Website.
  • Telpochcalli School-CPS
    A small school with a Spanish World Language Program, committed to increasing achievement, we focus on developing bilingual/biliterate students by pairing dual-language instruction and Mexican cultural arts programs. Website
    The Answer Inc.
     The Answer Inc. is dedicated to provide support, resources, education, recreation and advocacy for families impacted by Autism/Developmental Disorders. Website.
  • The Chicago Help Initiative
     The Chicago Help Initiative (CHI) is a consortium of business, residential, religious, social service, institutional and volunteer leaders striving to promote an atmosphere of dignity and compassion toward those in need by providing access to food, health services, shelter and employment. CHI works to educate local businesses and residents as to how they can help ease the plight of the homeless, disadvantaged and out of work individuals and improve their well-being, self esteem and productivity. Website.
  • The Learning Center/House of Connections
     The Learning Center in the North Lawndale and Little Village areas of Chicago, supports adults in their pursuit of an educational path to more confident and effective living. We believe that adults can learn, have a right to a quality education, and that education is liberating. Website.
  • The Morton Arboretum/The Chicago Region Trees Initiative
     The mission of The Morton Arboretum is to collect and study trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world. CRTI Mission: By 2040, the Chicago Region will support and host a healthier urban forest, comprised of a forest that will provide the region improved environmental, economic, and social benefits. Website.
  • The Night Ministry
     The Night Ministry provides housing, health care, and human connection to youth and adults struggling with poverty and homelessness in the Chicago community. Website.
  • The Resurrection Project
     The Resurrection Project’s mission is to build relationships and challenge individuals to act on their faith and values by creating community ownership, building community wealth, and serving as stewards of community assets. Website.
  • The Venture Hub
     The Venture Hub fosters the interaction and growth of small businesses and entrepreneurial ventures through the provision of shared space, support services, launch parties and other networking events; creating employment and advancement opportunities within economically depressed areas of Chicagoland along with job creation for developmentally and otherwise disabled individuals. 
  • Theatre & Arts Leadership Kouncil, Inc. (TALK)
     TALK’s mission is to teach leadership skills and to provide a voice for diverse populations through the expressive, transformative and rejuvenating power of the arts. Website.
  • Thresholds
     Thresholds assists and inspires members to reclaim their lives by providing them with the supports, skills, and respectful encouragement that they need for hopeful and successful futures. We strive to be the provider of choice, employer of choice and a world leader in the development and evaluation of recovery and rehabilitation services. Website.
  • True Value Boys & Girls Club
     To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Website.
  • U.N.I.O.N. Impact Center
     U.N.I.O.N. Impact Center’s mission is to break the chains of ignorance and violence by being a witness to the love of our Creator and serving with unconditional love. http://uniteafricans.org/The organization provides the necessary tools to community members of distressed communities on the southwest side of Chicago so that they can grow financially, physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. Website.
  • UCAN
     UCAN strives to build strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education and empowerment. Website.
  • United African Organization
     United African Organization is a dynamic coalition of African community-based organizations that promotes social and economic justice, civic participation, and empowerment of African immigrants and refugees in Illinois. Website.
  • Village Leadership Academy
    Village Leadership Academy’s highly skilled staff of educators engages students in deep exploration of relevant high interest content in math, science, reading, language arts, social science, physical development, health awareness, fine arts, world languages (Spanish), social emotional development, technology and leadership development. Website
  • Village Leadership Academy - One Million Degrees
    Village Leadership Academy’s highly skilled staff of educators engages students in deep exploration of relevant high interest content in math, science, reading, language arts, social science, physical development, health awareness, fine arts, world languages (Spanish), social emotional development, technology and leadership development. Website
  • VNA Foundation
    Over the years our methods have changed, but our mission has not: To support home- and community-based health services for the medically underserved in the Chicago metropolitan area. Website
  • United Way of Metro Chicago
     United Way of Metropolitan Chicago has linked together communities to create lasting change for over 80 years. We work to advance the common good by focusing on financial stability, access to healthcare and educational assistance. Website.
  • Watts of Love
    We break the cycle of poverty and help people create their own vision for economic independence. Website
  • West Town Academy
    Our mission is to build an urban high school education model that demonstrates how at-risk students of color can succeed with the appropriate investments, structure, and community support. We retrieve, retain, and educate youth that have dropped out of of high school, helping them to become tomorrow’s leaders, today. Website
  • Will County Health Department
    The Mission of Will County Health Department is to prevent disease and promote a healthier environment for all. We provide comprehensive public health programs, behavioral health resources, and primary health care and dental services at facilities located in Joliet, Bolingbrook, and Monee. Website.
  • Will County Health Department - Behavioral Health Programs - Office of Regulatory Compliance
    The mission of the Division of Behavioral Health is to improve/enhance the behavioral health and wellness of individuals and families of Will County by providing access to quality behavioral health care, community collaboration, treatment and recovery oriented services
    Website
  • Women Employed
     Women Employed mobilizes people and organizations to expand educational and employment opportunities for America’s working women. Our vision for the future: a world where every working woman, regardless of background or circumstances, can earn enough to take care of herself and her family. A world where every woman can get an education and find a good job with family-supporting wages, fair workplace practices, and opportunities to advance. Website.
  • Woodlawn Children's Promise Community
     The WCPC will improve student achievement by supporting and sustaining academically challenging learning environments. WCPC, utilizing the work of the Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR), focuses on three central areas: -Enhance the quality of instruction and leadership in schools; -Expand and realign supports for youth and families, in school and out; -Leverage family and community assets focused on positive educational outcomes. Website.
  • Young Invincibles
     Young Invincibles’ mission is to amplify the voices of young adults in the political process and expand economic opportunity for our generation. Website. 
  • Youth Service Project
     YSP works with youth by cultivating relationships through safe, supportive, and creative programming to maximize their strengths and navigate their lives. Website.
  • Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook
    We foster the social and emotional well-being of children and youth. Website.
  • YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
    YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Website
  • Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center
     To provide a place where survivors of sexual assault and abuse can heal, and to mobilize the community toward action to end sexual violence. Website.