Youth Development

Tutoring Chicago

  • Chicago, IL

Mission Statement

Tutoring Chicago fosters pathways for success by positively influencing the relationship that elementary school children have with learning. We do this by providing economically disadvantaged children in Chicago with one-to-one tutoring by adult volunteers, along with quality resources and programming.

Main Programs

  1. One to One Tutoring
Service Areas



Chicago, IL; Cabrini Green,Uptown, Near North, and Logan Square

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Executive Director


Mrs. Erin McPartlin



One-to-One Tutoring for disadvantaged youth in grades 1-6

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Physical Address

2145 N. Halsted St.

Chicago, 60614


Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?


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Tutoring Chicago provides free one-to-one tutoring for economically disadvantaged students. Each week, we bring over 500 trained and well-educated adult volunteers directly to our child-friendly centers to provide critical supplemental educational services along with developmental experiences and relationships for children in grades 1 through 6.


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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

One to One Tutoring

Tutoring Chicago provides free tutoring to 600 disadvantaged children, grades one though six, during the school year, September to May. Tutoring takes place Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at our child friendly centers from 6:00-7:30pm. Each student is matched with an adult volunteer tutor for the duration of the school year. Students and tutors work one to one. Many of our students and tutors have worked together for over one full year. Together they focus on homework, reading, writing and math, computer skills and life skills. We offer a tremendous amount of resources and support. Bussing is provided for students in and around Cabrini Green.
Tutoring Chicago is dedicated to defining and responding to children's needs and to creating quality, innovative instructional programs that are not only educational, but boost self-esteem. In addition to personalized tutoring and mentoring, we offer the following interactive programs that stimulate the children's interest in learning, while improving their literacy skills:
Life Skills Programs, Free Book Distributions; Cultural and Educational Field Trips, Book Promotion Program, Special Guest Readers, Technology Curriculum, Essay and Poetry Contests, Annual Career Fair Field Trip, Annual Spelling Bee, Sixth Grade Graduation Ceremony, Health and Wellness Program, Reward System/CGTP Store, Personal Goal Setting & Evaluations.
Special Programs & Events Include:
Holiday Parties and Gifts from Santa,
Annual Student & Tutor Family Picnic,



Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

General Public/Unspecified

Ethnic/Racial Minorities ?-- Other Specified Group



Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our SMART tutoring program focuses on five areas of student achievement:
    Social Skills, Mathematics, Attitude and Attendance, Reading and Technology.
    Through our research project with Loyola University and parent/teacher feedback, student progress is monitored at least three times a year to address their individual needs. Within the context of trusting relationships with adults, our students and tutors focus on homework review, executive function skills, and development experiences that combine learning and reflection.

    Imbedded in our programming are resources and opportunities designed to 1.) Improve skills and knowledge, 2.) Motivate self-regulation and positive mindsets, 3.) Enhance understanding of social values and identity:
    • Kick-Off Week with parents, children and volunteers
    • Life Skills Program with annual dinner
    • Free book distributions
    • Special guest readers (authors, community members, alumni)
    • Technology Curriculum with desktops, laptops and iPads
    • Career research projects
    • Sixth Grade Graduation Ceremony
    • Classroom families, monthly meetings and attendance rewards
    • Weekly reflection and goal setting
    • Points Economy Incentives/Store
    • Library Resource Center
    • Spelling Bees
    • Holiday gifts and coordinating parties
    • Black History Month Activities
    • Reading comprehension and/or fluency groups
    • Multiplication fact mastery (gr. 4-6)
    • Site word mastery (gr. 1-2)
    • Annual Picnic with tutors with families

    To address the need for early intervention, Tutoring Chicago developed the Literacy Intensive Tutoring (LIT Program) in 2010. The program assigns volunteer tutors to young students struggling in reading and writing, as determined by assessment and parent/teacher feedback. The child attends twice a week (total 3 hours) using a specific literacy curriculum (Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention) at the child's assessed reading level, progressing forward each week.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Tutoring Chicago recently completed the strategic planning process for 2015-2018. The program and operation objectives for the 2015-16 year include:
    1.) Increase student enrollment to peak at 550 students.
    2.) Expand the network of volunteers to meet increased student demand.
    3.) Increase and/or realign staff to accommodate growth, including the hire of a Community Relations Director (August 2015) and Program Evaluation Director (June 2016).
    4.) Broaden our community outreach including social media, brand awareness and network partners.
    5.) Determine location for a third site by spring 2016 to open in fall 2016.
    6.) Expand the LIT program to our Logan Square site to open in fall 2015.
    7.) Research, invest and implement new database software by summer 2016.
    8.) Transition towards multi-sourced data collection of student progress for both formative and summative reports.
    9.) Increase communication, support, cohesion and expectations among students, tutors, parents and teachers
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    For 50 years Tutoring Chicago has dedicated its mission to the educational and social needs of economically disadvantaged children in Chicago with one-to-one tutoring and high quality programming that is not only academic, but developmental and reflective.

    With a solid history behind us and an even-stronger future ahead, we provide our constituents the stability of a well-established organization. Since beginning in 1965 as Cabrini Green Tutoring Program by a group of Montgomery Ward employees, the organization has helped thousands of students in elementary school grow both personally and academically through weekly one-to-one tutoring sessions with high quality adult volunteers. In June 1990, Tutoring Chicago became incorporated as a private non-profit organization serving the youth of Cabrini Green.

    Today, Tutoring Chicago is poised to serve 600 disadvantaged youth from low income families all around the Chicago area, with an outlook to serve even more. Since 2007, Tutoring Chicago has operated out of St. Vincent de Paul Center at Halsted and Webster. In 2011, the program opened a second location at Goethe Elementary School in Logan Square. This fall, the organization will open a third site at Hope Institute Learning Academy on the Near West side. With deliberate growth initiatives, enrollment has more than doubled since 2010.

    Mission: Tutoring Chicago develops a foundation for life-long learning by providing free one-to-one tutoring and mentoring to economically disadvantaged children.

  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    EVALUATION OF RESULTS (from the 2015-16 school year)
    Tutoring Chicago has been working closely with Loyola University's School of Education to monitor student progress and enhance our services. In spring 2016 we added a Program and Evaluation Director to oversee student progress and program quality.
    • 100% of parents reported they would recommend Tutoring Chicago to another parent.
    • As a result of attending Tutoring Chicago, parents reported in the spring that their children:
    Have strong, positive relationships with tutors (96%) Enjoy math more (87%) Enjoy reading more (87%) Enjoy learning new things (96%).
    • Tutoring Chicago students had a 98% attendance rate at school.
    • 85% of our 6th graders students demonstrated mastery of our Life Skills by spring.
    • Parents' confidence in their children's math skills tripled from fall to spring.
    • Math NWEA scores for TC students increased from the 38th national percentile in fall to the 54th percentile in spring.
    • 79% of our 4th-6th graders mastered their multiplication facts by spring (up from 64%).
    • Over 1/3 gained at least one letter grade in math by spring report cards.
    • Parents' confidence in their child's reading skills doubled from fall to spring.
    • 94% of our 1st-3rd graders mastered their grade-level sight words by spring.
    • Reading NWEA scores increased from the 43rd national percentile in fall to the 52nd in spring.
    • 1/3 gained at least one letter grade in reading by spring report cards.
    • 90% of our LIT students reached their grade level goals for sight words.
    • 88% of the LIT Program's struggling readers made a full-year of reading growth while over half made more than a year's worth of growth.
    • 28% of all LIT kids (previously struggling readers) were on grade level by spring and tested out of program
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    During the 2015-16 school year, Tutoring Chicago celebrated its 50th anniversary. This school year we expect to be serving 600 students from low income families with the one-to-one help of over 600 volunteer tutors. Our five-year plan has an outlook to serve nearly 1000 kids by 2020.

    Although there is no single solution to the many challenges faced by children growing up in poverty, Tutoring Chicago believes that one of the first steps is to develop a foundation that will propel them towards young adult success and life-long learning.
Service Areas



Chicago, IL; Cabrini Green,Uptown, Near North, and Logan Square

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