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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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Thanksgiving is a day of family, abundance, and gratitude. It is a day spent with those you love and those you may see only once a year. Thanksgiving is a joyous time of football, food, and celebration. Thanksgiving can also be a day where social, political, religious, and/or family differences give rise to conflict. When tension arises, it can be valuable to remember to ask yourself the question “how can I practice compassion?” and to bring the second Principle of ... read more
The morning of October 7, 2017 turned out to be a beautiful one, which upheld Family Matters' rain-free Walkathon streak! Nearly 300 youth, families, and friends walked five miles together along the lakefront for equity, community, and Family Matters. Walkers returned to Gale Academy, (a 1/2 block away from Family Matters), and braved the bee swarms to partake in the delicious picnic, enjoy an amazing bubble show, relax with a chair massage, build community and raise funds and awareness for Family ... read more
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