The SMART program provides academic enrichment to the youth, teens and adults in the community.
Science – Discovery is learned through experimentation and the the scientific method. Activities are provided to make science fun and interesting.
Math – Using the TIMS (Teaching Integrated Math and Science) approach, we try to show the connection between math and real world applications. Mentoring, tutoring, and homework help are provided for students in need of additional assistance.
Arts – Collaborating with two other organizations, we provide activities in film critiquing, drama, dance, and film production. We also supply cameras and computer-assisted software to our young participants.
Technology – The technology program began with the assistance of IBM and Diamond Technology. We provide computer access & training. The computer lab provides Internet access, all Microsoft applications, production software, and training to those who do not have computers at home. As one of the few tech providers in the community for the students & residents, the lab is open in the evening and on weekends.
Summer Camp for Math, Science & the Arts is available for grammar school students with weekly activities and field trips. We usually accept about 25 children who are supervised by instructors and volunteer college students & parents. Additional neighborhood partners consist of the Young Chicago Authors, Eckhart Park, and Facets Multimedia.
The After-School Program operates for approximately 90 elementary and high school students and houses a homework center and computer lab with Internet resources. Weekend activities and field trips are also provided. Neighborhood partners consist of Cabrini Connections, Menomonee Club, and Near North Development.
Mentoring for High School & College Students nurtures our teens toward a college education and career. PEP provides support, advice, expertise and resources. Other services include college preparation, writing skills, and exam assistance. Over 90% of our participants enter college and approximately 75% complete a 2 or 4-year degree.
LaSalle Bank, one of our sponsors, has funded our teens with 4-year scholarships as long as they fulfill specific criteria.