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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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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

Alex Smith Hickman came to Family Matters in 2004 at the age of 12 and participated in the Teen Boys program until he graduated from high school. “My father knew about Family Matters and put me in the group – it was something for me to do after school instead of being out on the streets. “I’ve realized how vital Family Matters was to my growing up. We learned art, electronics, business skills, and carpentry – how to work as … read more

In 1994, thirteen-year-old Tabitha Williams joined the Teen Girls Program at Family Matters after hearing about the program from friends. She says, “Through each meeting, I felt a kinship with the girls and it became apparent that this was the place I needed to be.” Tabitha was paired with her mentor, Judi Schindler, who met with her regularly both inside and outside of Family Matters. Tabitha connected deeply with Judi and her husband Jack, and became part of their family. … read more