Help us prepare our youth for the future.
Sponsorship gives a child in your community a better chance at succeeding in the future by supporting the development of the child’s academic, social and emotional skills in a positive and encouraging environment. Donate today.
What we do:
Improve Academic Success: Each year, 50-75 youth receive homework help, tutoring and access to technology and other educational materials after school.
Provide Positive Mentors: Big Brother Big Sister mentors, staff and community volunteers engage in one-on-one and small group activities with youth and serve as positive role models.
Develop Parents’ Skills: Weekly Active Parenting classes, English as Second Language classes and Parent Council meetings provide parents with opportunities to develop as positive guardians.
“Kids in afterschool programs go to school more, see improvements in their behavior, and increase their likelihood of moving on to the next grade level and graduating.” -Afterschool Alliance
Why sponsor a youth? In addition to knowing you are helping our community thrive, studies consistently show that after-school programming is good for society as a whole. Youth in our programs are highly likely to graduate from high school. High school dropouts are much more likely to be incarcerated and cost society tens of thousands of dollars in their lifetime.
Meanwhile, numerous studies have cited additional positive effects that after school programs have for at-risk youth. For example, youth who participate in after-school programs improve in key areas that foster student success in school including social and emotional development and avoidance of risky behaviors.
Becoming a donor will help keep McHenry County students from engaging in dangerous behavior that can range from violence and drugs to teen pregnancy. It will also help tie you to your community. You’ll know you are giving back to your community in a truly beneficial and lasting way. Sponsor a youth in your community today!
It costs less than $10 a day to provide a child with after school programming, including tutoring, and one-on-one mentoring.
Cost per child/per week: $45
Cost per child/ per month: $200
Cost per child for a full school year: $1800