Cultivating community through creativity, education, and service.
Become a STRIVE Volunteer!
Join the Waitlist!
We can't do it without you!
Thanks to the generosity of community partners, we are proud to offer ALL of our programs free-of-charge!
What We Do
Tutoring and mentoring in most subjects;
One-to-one & small group support;
STEM, Leadership, Arts, Outdoor & Peace-building experiential education;
Afterschool & Summer activities;
Tuition-free for children from limited-income families;
Serving children and youth, ages 6-18, living on Chicago’s South Side.
Strive After School
The smell of banana bread, the sound of a piano, the sight of brows furrowed in deep concentration over a chemistry book … it is not unusual for these experiences to be happening on the same day! While a first-grader perfects his addition, a high school student might be writing her college admissions essay. At Strive, we have quiet, focused tutoring spaces and a lively kitchen and playground. Amid abundant space and free of the distractions of television and gossip, each child gets exactly what she or he needs on any given day, from academic support to physical activity.
Each year, Strive offers a free summer program for the month of July. Students participate with their peers in engaging hands-on learning activities, while practicing applied math, reading, writing, and art. They make culinary creations in the kitchen, go on field trips, and explore various topics from nutrition to Ancient Greece. The end of the program is marked with a Summer Show- case & BBQ, in which students display their work, perform in a program open to parents and family members, and feast with all who are present!
Volunteer with Strive to promote the intellectual, social, and emotional development of South Side youth.
Join the waitlist!
Are you a student who would like to join Strive? We are currently operating at full program capacity! You can add your name to our waiting list and we will contact you when a spot in our program is available.
--Ms. Martin, Strive parent
5001 S. Ellis
Chicago IL, 60615
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