All of Family Matters’ programs are grounded in the organization’s commitment to fostering leadership opportunities. We support youth and families in building healthy relationships to self, others and the community through individualized and age- and gender-specific activities, all of which incorporate both academic and social emotional learning (SEL). Programs meet Monday – Friday between 3:00 and 8:30 PM.

Project RISE

Project RISE teens in the Gordy Music studio working on the SJP podcast.

In Project RISE, teens 13 through 18 participate in after-school leadership, job skill-building, and social justice activities while earning a stipend. The program is an opportunity for youth to explore their interests, build friendships with teens in other schools, and tap into support provided by academic and personal mentorship. . . learn more

Community Engagement

Family Matters organizes a number of programs focused on matters important to our community. This work includes the North of Howard Together Collective, the Shared Leadership Collaboration, and the Rogers Park Healthy Chicago Equity Zone. . . learn more

The Family Matters School

The Family Matters School is a full-time, independent school for children in Kindergarten through 4th grade. Our curriculum is inclusive of diverse learning styles and interests, tailored in particular to offer specialized support for children who thrive outside of a traditional classroom.. . . learn more

Partners in Learning

Partners in Learning offers youth in 1st through 12th grade the opportunity to engage in after-school one-to-one tutor/mentoring with a dedicated trusted adult volunteer. Sessions take place every week from September through June, with options for modified sessions during the summer to maintain academic gains.. . . learn more

Principles of Leadership

Small groups of adults are invited to participate in Family Matters’ Respectful Communities communications training. The 10-session, 20-hour course offers in-depth opportunities for participants to practice our three Principles of Leadership in an intimate setting while earning a certificate of completion
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Summer Programs

Family Matters offers two summer programs, Learning Matters summer camp for children entering 1st through 6th grade, and Chicagobility for teens ages 14 and 15. Youth enrolled in Partners in Learning, Project RISE, and The Family Matters School are invited to work with a dedicated tutor/mentor over the course of the summer to maintain academic gains via a modified Partners in Learning format.

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