44th Annual PEP Scholarship Banquet

Join us Wednesday, April 17th as we celebrate our PEP college students at the 44th Annual Project Education Plus Scholarship Banquet. We currently have more than 50 students in our scholarship program with over a 92% graduation rate! Tickets are $50 and can be purchased using the link below.

Celebrate The Holidays With PEP!

The Holidays are here and PEP is continuing our tradition of holiday events! However, we need your help! Consider a donation today and help spread Holiday cheer for our senior and youth PEP participants!

PEP Youth Enjoy Halloween with a Cabrini Trunk or Treat & Haunted House


PEP Trunk or Treat was a huge success with over 300 youth in their costumes enjoying Halloween!

PEP After School Program

PEP has kicked off its after school programming for the Fall. Scan the QR code today to sign up your young person for a number of enrichment activities. 

PEP Summer Camp is Having Loads of Fun

PEP youth are living their best lives this summer, engaging in activities like magic, DJ’ing, swimming, and more!

Chicago Demons Check Out Ice Cube's BIG3

Our Chicago Demons had so much fun at the United Center watching Ice Cube’s BIG3 basketball league!

Hit the link below to see photos of all the excitement!

PEP Celebrates Juneteenth

Check out our Project Education Plus youth enjoying the summer at Chance The Rapper’s Juneteenth Festival at DuSable Museum of African American History!

PEP Awarded Laureus Foundation Grant

We’re excited to share that Chicago Demons, has been awarded a grant from @Laureus_USA as one of 41 organizations in Illinois who are intentionally using sport as a tool for youth development and violence prevention. Through this government funded program, the first of its kind in Illinois, more than 15,000 kids in Chicago and across the state will receive access to safe, inclusive, and supportive youth sport programs. We’re excited to use this funding to support our Chicago Demons athletic programs.

Thank you to Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas, Representative Kam Buckner, and the other sponsors of this Bill for championing this important funding opportunity and helping to increase access and equity in youth sport. #SportForGood

For more information on the funding and organizations, please visit:

Chicago Police Department Gives PEP Neighborhood Award

Thank you to the 18th district Chicago Police Department for this amazing honor!

PEP Founder Talks Building Project Education Plus in Chicago

The Chicago Elite Invitational wrapped up its second year! Follow the link below to find out more about this year’s tournament and see who took home the trophies!!

Mission Statement

We enlighten youth on how to take advantage of the educational, technological, and recreational outlets in society. We also assist disadvantaged families, children, and senior citizens of Chicago’s Cabrini-Near North, Lincoln Park, Old Town, West Town, Near West, and East Garfield Park communities.

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So much of what we do wouldn’t be possible without your help. Please consider donating to Project Education Plus today to help us continue supporting those that need it most!

Youth Programs

Chicago Demons Basketball


SMART - After School Program

Photography Club

Elementary Programs

PEP Academy

Maryann Donlon Senior Citizens

Welcome to Project Education Plus

PEP’s founders conceived Project Education Plus in 1980. Seeing a need for a regimented, innovative program with stability, PEP began as eight-week youth summer enrichment and organized sports program. PEP quickly expanded to a year-round agency with additional programs for senior citizens in the community.

In the ‘90s, PEP redesigned its focus to include college preparation and mentoring. It added a computer lab complete with computers, Internet access, photography, and other tech hardware to hold organized technology classes for the community. PEP has morphed into an agency that provides expanded services with separate program activities for youth in Pre-school thru Grade 3; Grades 4-8; high school, college mentoring, young adults, and senior citizens seven days a week.

Within the last two years, PEP Academy was started for the youth who need to complete their high school requirements. PEP was recognized as one of the top programs in Chicago by the Chicago Sun-Times.