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

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PEP Founder Talks Building Project Education Plus in Chicago

PEP Founder and Executive Director, Vince Carter, sat down with Storyline Studios to talk about his journey in Chicago building Project Education Plus!

Chicago Elite Invitational

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!!

Boys & Girls Baseball

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Chicago Police Department Gives PEP Neighborhood Award

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

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

Peppeteers

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.