First Looks at Tutoring/Mentoring

Ukrainian Village:

The Ukrainian Village is home to several schools and churches, but not many tutoring and mentoring programs. One program in particular is the Community Building Tutors.

"We're not afraid get our hands dirty."

"We're not afraid get our hands dirty."

Although this group’s main priority is not completely centered on academic success, the volunteers working with the group work one-on-one with students in grade school and high school to promote community. By creating projects, each child and others are educated on the benefits of living in a community-concentrated environment. The program successfully grabs students’ attentions with interesting projects, including 2-minute videos based on community, completed over a twelve-week period. Along side this, each student pairing focuses on the younger student’s homework and additional learning games.

“The program strives for a balance between learning and fun to ensure that both the volunteer and the student enjoy and benefit from the time they spend together.”

–Program Description, Community Building Tutors

The reasons for the lack of tutoring and mentor programs in the Ukrainian Village are unknown to our group. We figure that this problem may have something to do with either the Ukrainian Village’s average population’s class rank, or its past attachment to West Town. Despite its citizen’s middle class standing or detachment from West Town, the Ukrainian Village should still have a larger variety of programs for its students.

Little Italy and Greek Town:

While researching for tutor and mentor programs in the Little Italy and Greek Town neighborhoods I came across Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. This institution is located in the Greek Town neighborhood and it has been in operation since 1887. Mercy Home for Boys and Girls is a residence facility for children and young adults ages that range from 11 to 21 years old.  Mercy Home for Boys and Girls provides a safe enviroment where full potential can be reached for a successful life.

Mercy Home is a private organization that is funded by generous people from across the United States. Also Mercy home is a member to numerous associations like the Child Care Association of Illinois, the Illinois Association of Youth Care Workers, and many more. Mercy Home for Boys and Girls is an accredited child care facility and a licensed child welfare agency. This facility is great but only benefits those who are residents of the facility not all the members of the community.

Greek Town and Little Italy only possessed two tutor mentor programs that benefit the community and one of those facilities was a private institution. This concludes that there is only one other facility for both of these communities. More tutor and mentor programs are in need in the communities of Greek Town and Little Italy to accomodate all the children in the neighborhood.

Albany Park:

Albany Park is a community where most immigrants are residing. They do not have sufficient resources as other wealthy communities in Chicago. However, Albany Park does have a tutoring/ mentoring program located at 5121 N. Kimball.

Albany Park Community Center


Albany Park Community Center provides families with plenty of resources. Unemployed individuals have the opportunity to find jobs here. This organization also emphasizes on persuading people to volunteer to benefit the lives of individuals in need in our community. There is other 15 other programs within this large facility. APCC is very beneficial in working with students after school with their homework and/or preparing them for a test.

Even though there is only one tutoring and mentoring program at Albany Park, I believe that this program is very efficient throughout the neighborhood and for most individuals.

Logan Square:

The Logan Square neighborhood, holds many useful resources, but it doesn’t have many tutoring/mentor programs. However, I was able to find one particular program name ASPIRAASPIRA is committed to give the youth of Latino’s the ability to make correct decisions towards their educational journey.

ASPIRA attends rally in Springfield, against the cutting of funds used for programs.

ASPIRA is held through clubs, who are established in thirty-three CPS schools. Apart from the clubs, ASPIRA also has a variety of programs. One of their many programs is the SES (Student Educational Service) program. Which is a tutoring program that helps students to achieve academic growth. Each student will have individual attention and support in all subjects.

ASPIRA might seem like it just helps and tutors children. However, it does much more than that. That is why its important for programs such as ASPIRA to continue on helping students and expand throughout the Chicago area.

Humboldt Park:

Humboldt Park offers its residents endless possibilities of valuable resources that can help enrich the community. One program thatoffers a wide variety of services to the community is: The  Union League Boys and Girls Clubs.

Humboldt Park has a varies tutor/mentor programs that serve the community but the Union League Boys and Girls Club has beenthe most influential. They have been in the neighborhood for almost 40 years.

The Union League Boys and Girls Clubs exist to promote the social, moral, vocational, physical, and educational development of youngsters residing in Chicago. They are about 14 tutor mentor programs that help the community. There is such a high number of tutor mentor programs because of all the children that live in the neighborhood.

The tutor mentor programs are helpful to not only the children they help but the community as a whole. By educating and helping the kids become better people, they are fostering a better future for Humboldt Park because after all, today’s kids are tomorrow’s leaders.


3 Responses to “First Looks at Tutoring/Mentoring”

  1. 1 jhickey50 October 19, 2009 at 2:53 am

    I think your graphics look great. I am drawn into looking at your site and reading more about North West Side Stories. I like how you detailed your article by telling us about the people who live in the community and the mentor and tutor programs goals and achievements!
    -Natalie R.

  2. 2 jhickey50 November 4, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Hey I really liked how this group uses pictures to go along with each entry. I also like idea that you are drawing in positive feedback on communities rather than negative.
    -Joaquin Hernandez writting for Jazmin

  3. 3 jhickey50 November 4, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    I agree with Joaquin. The pictures really dazzle up the entry. I wish that there could be hyper links to the other parts of this post since its so long, but I don’t know if you can do that on WordPress.

    -Alanna Mojica for Jessica N

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