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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. ... learn more

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Family Matters celebrated the graduation of 3 high school seniors in June 2017. Cindy Borski and Adrian Hernandez have tutored together since Adrian was in 4th grade. Over the most recent years, Cindy has supported Adrian through numerous academic and personal goals he’s set for himself (like helping him search and apply for jobs), assisted his application process for various colleges and financial aid, in addition to weekly homework support. One of their favorite tutoring pastimes this year was having … read more

The 21 youth involved in Family Matters' summer program, Learning Matters, packed a whole bunch of learning and summer fun into their four weeks here. Participants chose classes to participate in each week. Here are some of the highlights: Sew What? The youth in this class learned how to hand sew, use a sewing machine, and measure fabric for a desired outcome. By the end of this week, they made a fleece blanket and a bean bag (with fabric they ... read more

Anna, 12, attends the Family Connections program, where she she spends Monday through Friday afternoons receiving one-on-one literacy coaching, learning and practicing life skills, and engaging in hands-on learning projects. She also has time for things she loves – music, dance, and being with friends. “At Family Matters I like how respectful everyone is. I also like all of the activities we get to do, skills that we learn, and having access to computers so I can get my homework … read more