Summer Campaign Webpage

Join the 10x10 challenge!

“This is the best program ever! It’s been only like an hour and I am ready to move in!”

So shared Daniel (10), a member of the Learning Matters program. At Family Matters we know that summer matters, and we are excited to offer youth programs year-round. Please join our 10×10 challenge to raise $6,000 to support summer learning at Family Matters!

10 Friends x $10 Each

You are invited to join our Summer Challenge! Commit to raising $100 by asking 10 friends to contribute $10 each (or five friends at $20 each, four friends at $25 each, etc.). There are multiple ways to participate:

via Facebook

Set up a Facebook Fundraiser:

1. On your Facebook page, begin a post and share that you’re raising funds for Family Matters. (For copy-and-paste text to use, click here.)

2. Click the “…” button at the bottom of the post box and choose “Support Nonprofit.” Select Family Matters Chicago as your nonprofit, and publish your post.

3. Follow up a few days later to share a fundraising update and reminder.

(NEW!) via Instagram

Add a Donation Sticker to a photo:

1. On your Instagram, create or add to your story and share that you’re raising funds for Family Matters. (A selection of photos/images to use can be found here.)

2. Add a donation sticker to your photo, choose Family Matters (@FMChicago) and customize it however you’d like.

3. Follow up a few days later to share a fundraising update and reminder.

via the Website

Invite friends to donate on our website:

1. Share the link to the campaign page in an email or social media post: Link to campaign page

2. Explain that you are working to raise $100 for Family Matters’ summer programs by inviting 10 friends to donate $10 each. For a copy-and-paste email text, click here.

3. Follow up a few days later to share a fundraising update and reminder.

Support Summer Programs at Family Matters

The variety of programs offered works to prevent the “summer slide” while engaging students in hands-on, meaningful, and fun-filled experiences:

Learning Support

One-to-one tutoring/mentoring

Literacy coaching

Nature explorations

STEAM activities

Life Experiences

Cultural field trips

Hands-on workshops

Cooking activities

Dance and athletics

Leadership Opportunities

Paid youth internships

Youth-led classes

Job readiness training

Community service projects

Donations Support ...

  • Books
  • Healthy snacks
  • Materials for community service projects
  • Transportation for field trips
  • Materials for hands-on workshops
  • Sports equipment
  • Stipends for youth interns
  • STEAM materials
  • Activity fees for tutor-student outings

Summer Program Details

Chicagobility is a part of the One Summer Chicago program. Twenty youth, ages 14-15, will spend six weeks engaged in project-based experiential learning. Designed around the subjects of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), each week we will provide hands-on applications in these areas, host guest speakers from each field, and offer field trips to colleges and companies in the Chicagoland area.

As preparation for Project RISE and future employment, youth practice accountability and financial literacy while earning a stipend for participation.

Learning Matters will engage elementary school children in one-to-one literacy coaching, hands-on projects, and field trips throughout the city. The program will also employ summer youth interns – older Family Matters youth who will work with the younger members and receive a stipend.

Project RISE will employ teens at local businesses through a paid six-week internship experience. Trainings will be offered around resume-building, financial literacy, and interview skills. The teens will also receive guidance in career options and job-seeking strategies.

Students from the Evening Tutoring program will continue to meet weekly with their tutor-mentors during the summer. Many pairs enjoy going on special field trips together (movies, museums, etc.).

Thank you for raising funds for Family Matters!

Thank you for raising funds for Family Matters!

Thank you for raising funds for Family Matters!

If you have any questions related to this campaign, please contact Gretchen at gretchen@familymatterschicago.org.