INNER-CITY EDUCATION PROGRAM

We help disadvantaged children in low income areas by giving them access to private education, mentorship and the sport of hockey

aka ICE Program   |   Chicago, IL   |  https://www.innercityeducation.org

Mission

To help low-income children obtain educational and hockey opportunities not otherwise available to them.

Ruling year info

2003

Founder and Executive Director

Brad Erickson

Main address

P.O. Box 64837

Chicago, IL 60664 USA

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EIN

32-0069799

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Inner-City Education Program is focused on helping children from underprivileged and underserved Chicago communities achieve their potential by giving them access to educational opportunities and the sport of hockey that would otherwise be unattainable for them. These are children who are bright, curious and full of potential but are often from difficult family situations and dangerous communities with poor quality public education and limited access to organized sports. Due to no fault of their own, they do not get the quality of education and opportunities they need to develop and grow in ways that enable them to thrive and enjoy a brighter future.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Educational Scholarships

The ICE Program provides scholarships for Chicago area grade school, junior high, high school or undergraduate college students seeking to receive a tuition-based education. To be eligible for a scholarship, the student must be actively playing ice hockey, demonstrate financial need, maintain a 2.5 grade point average (on the standard 4.0 scale), possess a satisfactory disciplinary record, and demonstrate a strong personal character. Each scholarship recipient must execute an undertaking, which will include a commitment to work or perform community service for a minimum of eighty (80) hours during the summer prior to each and every scholarship year. Parents or guardians are responsible for verifying scholarship recipient performance and authorizing the release of relevant academic and behavioral records to the ICE Scholarship Committee.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The ICE Program is launching a mentoring program in 2014 designed to enhance each scholarship recipient's experience. Each ICE Program Mentor provides a scholarship recipient with academic, professional and personal guidance / assistance from a trusted adult, empowering him/her to make positive life choices. Mentors act as a sounding board and support network for any issues the scholarship recipient may face at school or at home. Our Mentors monitor student academic and personal progress and report it back to the ICE Program board, allowing the board to be proactive in the event where additional help or support is needed. Further, each Mentor acts as a liaison between the scholarship recipient, his/her family, and the ICE Program Board of Directors, helping scholarship recipients feel like part of the ICE Program “family”. Mentors and scholarship recipients have opportunities to bond only in preplanned, board approved, group outings, such as hockey games, bowling or similar activities. In addition, the Mentors and their assigned ICE Program scholarship recipients maintain bi-weekly phone contact, providing a consistent check-in and opportunity for support.
The ICE Program is looking for adult Mentors with an interest in academics, hockey and helping inner-city youths, who can fulfill this commitment for a minimum of one academic school year. All ICE Mentors are carefully screened. ICE Mentors are required to complete an application and pass a criminal background check. Potential ICE Mentors must also complete an interview with an ICE Board Member, provide a minimum of three references, and complete a mandatory training session before being paired with a scholarship recipient.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Beginning in 2015, the ICE Program Hockey Club will be on the ice from December 1st - February 29th. The club will offer a beginner-level hockey program one weeknight and one Saturday morning every week at 3 different outdoor rinks (two in Chicago and one in Cicero) that will include an academic component.
The practice schedule is currently tentative, but we're expecting to be on the ice early every Tuesday or Wednesday evening plus every Saturday morning at all 3 rinks. The ICE Program will provide EVERYTHING a child needs to participate including uniforms, 100% of the equipment, skating instructors, hockey coaches, and academic tutors. All student-athletes will participate in a mandatory one-hour academic session with approved ICE Program tutors either before or after every practice. Any student-athletes currently attending under-performing schools will also be encouraged to apply for an ICE Program educational scholarship for placement into a local private school.
Interested in volunteer coaching or tutoring?
ICE welcomes coaching applicants with a lifetime of competitive hockey under their belts as players or coaches as well as those newer to the sport. Similarly, we welcome academic tutors with lengthy careers in education as well as qualified individuals with no background in teaching. We are open to male and female coaches and tutors, 18 and older, of any race. We expect to have volunteers with varying backgrounds, but most importantly applicants should have a passion for improving the lives of low-income inner-city children.
To implement this program most effectively, we ask that you complete the application that best suits your skill set and interest, whether as a skating coach, hockey coach or tutor.
Each application will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and if you are selected to volunteer with ICE you will be required to submit to a background check. All on-ice coaches must be either USA hockey or USFSA certified before our season begins (ICE will reimburse certification costs).

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children, Low-income people

Related Program

Educational Scholarships

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our focus is on providing opportunity for children living in families with household incomes that fall within the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) as defined by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). We help these children by providing:
- Scholarships to high quality schools across Chicago
- Access to the sport of hockey through our Hockey Club where students benefit from the lessons of teamwork, commitment, dedication and leadership
- Educational support through our Academic Tutoring Program with required attendance by every hockey club participant
- Building relationships with our Mentors who act as positive role models and forces in students lives

We believe it is our unique and powerful combination of services that has allowed us to change the lives of many children. Our primary goal is to serve as many of these underprivileged and underserved children that resources will allow.

We create opportunity. One community, one athlete, one student at a time. The Inner-City Education Program strategy is to address three major road blocks for disadvantaged and underserved children living in low-income, poverty-stricken areas of our community; First, many of these children are stuck in a never-ending cycle of poverty related to a poor education that limits achievement and opportunity. Through our Academic Scholarship Program, these underserved children are able to leave their underperforming public schools to attend highly rated private schools. Our results and market research have consistently shown that a quality education decreases poverty and promotes better health. Second, hockey is often too expensive for inner-city and/or low-income children and this has blocked countless potential hockey players from playing this great team sport. Our Hockey and Tutoring Program provides the opportunity for these disadvantaged children to play hockey at no cost to them while also providing them with mandatory academic tutoring. According to the American Psychological Association, children who exercise more have lower levels of depression, stress, and higher levels of positive-self image, life satisfaction and well-being. By providing the sport of hockey paired with mandatory tutoring, we aim to improve the mental health and well-being of the children involved. Third, our Mentorship Program provides 1-on-1 mentorship for our student-athletes on scholarship. Each mentor provides a lifetime of support for our student-athletes and acts as a positive role model in each of their lives.

In summary, our focus is on providing opportunity for children living in families with household incomes that fall within the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) as defined by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). We help these children by providing:
- EDUCATION: We provide academic scholarships to high quality schools across Chicago.
- ACCESS TO HOCKEY AND TUTORING: We provide access to the sport of hockey through our Hockey Club where students benefit from the lessons of teamwork, commitment, dedication and leadership. Each Hockey Club participant is required to receive educational support through our Academic Tutoring Program.
- MENTORSHIP: We assign each student-athlete on scholarship with a mentor who will act as positive role model and force throughout their lives.

Our unique and powerful combination of services has allowed us to change the lives of many children. Our goal is to serve as many underprivileged children as our funding allows. We are the Game Changers that light the lamp to brighter futures.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, Language and technology barriers make it challenging to survey participants

Financials

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INNER-CITY EDUCATION PROGRAM

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Paul Marobella

Brad Erickson

Josh Klein

Sean Campbell

Caitlin Cahow

Sarah Gaw

Darius Mack

Spencer Montgomery

Randi Piatkowski

Allan Santizo

Mike Young

Pete Hassen

Jamal Mayers

Melanie Zech

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/3/2021

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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