In partnership with youth and their families, Family Matters is building an equitable society through transformative relationships, education, and leadership development to dismantle structural racism and systemic oppression in our community.
Family Matters’ Walkathon raises critical funds to support our youth programs:
- Family Connections (after-school literacy and leadership program for youth in grades 1-6)
- Boys to Men (Teen Boys Program)
- That Goddess Power (Teen Girls Program)
- Evening Tutoring (one-on-one tutoring/mentoring for 90 minutes each week)
By supporting youth at Family Matters, you are also addressing historical inequities and equipping young hearts and minds as they work to bring about future changes in their schools, neighborhoods, city, and world. In the past year alone, more than 100 youth at Family Matters have participated in community engagement or service projects, including volunteering at a soup kitchen, hosting a hot chocolate and lemonade stand fundraiser, facilitating a “Self-Love” workshop at the Willye White Park District, writing letters to legislators about gun reform, hosting community conversations at a sold-out screening of the film Silence the Violence, collecting clothes and housing supplies for the survivors of the fire on Touhy Avenue, and more.
Your gift supports these youth as they navigate the educational journeys that will enhance their learning and development. As Paulo Freire once said, “Education is the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”
Youth at Family Matters are transforming their worlds one day at a time. Thank you for your unwavering belief in them and in our community—yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Please consider donating to my team in solidarity with their work!