Our Mission


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

Upcoming Events

  1. It’s A Matter of Taste
    March 3 @ 8:00 pm - March 12 @ 8:00 pm
  2. Family Matters Gala
    April 30 @ 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Latest Blog Posts

Family Matters has enjoyed a longstanding partnership with Sacred Heart Schools in Chicago, and was honored to be a recipient of the SHS Goal Award for the 2014-2015 school year. We are happy to welcome a group of 8th grade boys from Sacred Heart monthly throughout the school year. The boys volunteer time at Family Matters through their Service Learning Program, while also learning about our programs and mission. On Justice Day, 2014, Sacred Heart Schools celebrated Family Matters, inviting … read more

When Anna and Diamond started working together six years ago, Anna devised a simple but effective tool for motivating Diamond: stickers. “She loved stickers,” Anna says. The two laugh as they remember the binder Diamond covered with all of the stickers she earned for things like writing down her assignments. Although she still has that binder today, Diamond says stickers aren’t quite the motivator that they used to be. “Don’t get me stickers now,” she jokes. Her love for stickers … read more

In 2006, Gretchen signed on to idealist.org, looking for an opportunity to tutor in the Chicago area. She had no idea that, almost a decade later, she would still be riding the train to Family Matters every Thursday evening. For Gretchen, Family Matters is more than just a tutoring organization. It is a community, the source of numerous new friendships, and a place that has felt like “home” for nine years.It is also the spot that has given Gretchen the opportunity … read more