Our Mission

Heart

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

Video

Latest Blog Posts

by Chris Spence, Director of Youth Engagement at Family Matters A recent survey by USA Swimming reveals that nearly 40 percent of White children have little-to-no swimming abilities; however that staggering percentage is minuscule when compared to the 70 percent of Black children who cannot swim. Sixty percent of Hispanic children face the same concern." The reason for this has nothing to do with physical differences and everything to do with lack of access. Swimming should be a skill offered to everyone. ... read more
Recent research suggests that unemployment among Black and Hispanic youth in Chicago is higher than anywhere else in America. The academic and economic potential in inner city communities and students has been largely unrecognized and untapped. In response, last summer Family Matters' Boys 2 Men program (which works with young men ages 12-19), launched an employment initiative, Project RISE, in partnership with the Community Church of Wilmette. Six members of Boys 2 Men were placed in local businesses for a ... read more

Family Matters celebrated the graduation of three high school seniors in June 2017. Cindy Borski and Adrian Hernandez have tutored together since Adrian was in fourth grade. Over the most recent years, Cindy has supported Adrian through numerous academic and personal goals he’s set for himself and assisted him in his application process for various colleges and financial aid. One of their favorite tutoring pastimes this year was having lively discussions about politics and its relevance in their lives. This … read more