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Tutoring Chicago

At Tutoring Chicago, we believe education is empowering. One-to-one is inspiring.

Chicago, IL   |  www.tutoringchicago.org

Mission

Tutoring Chicago delivers the power of education through one-to-one tutoring.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Mrs. Erin McPartlin

Main address

303 W Madison, Suite 750

Chicago, IL 60606 USA

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Formerly known as

Cabrini Green Tutoring Program

EIN

36-3718141

NTEE code info

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A quality education is among the most important foundations for a child’s future success. Unfortunately for students from low income backgrounds, they lack access to equal educational opportunities often resulting in worse educational outcomes, beginning even as early as kindergarten. These same children face additional environmental obstacles that can negatively impact their development. However, through the dedicated support of caring adults and equitable access to resources, these barriers can be reduced for children, promoting their development and future success.

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?

One to One Tutoring

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 with the stability of a well-established organization. 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 incorporated as a private non-profit organization serving the youth of Cabrini Green.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Gold Star Program 2018

MENTOR Illinois

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

One to One Tutoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Improvement of math test scores

Rate of student attendance during the reporting period

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

One to One Tutoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Students overall annual tutoring attendance rate.

Number of students enrolled

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

One to One Tutoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Student enrollment

Number of students who demonstrate improved overall literacy

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

One to One Tutoring

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Reading improvement

Number of parents who report that Tutoring Chicago is a good or excellent program.

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

One to One Tutoring

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of students reported to enjoy math more as a result of tutoring.

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

One to One Tutoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

As reported by parents

Percentage of students reported to enjoy reading more as a result of tutoring.

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

One to One Tutoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

As reported by parents

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Education is empowering. We believe that through one-to-one relationships with supportive tutors, students facing economic barriers can access brighter futures. Our mission, programs and delivery are centered in these values.

We believe that all children regardless of economics, race, cultural background, gender identity or neighborhood are valuable, capable of greatness and have the right to the following:

● A diverse representation of supportive adults who know them as individuals, value their needs and aspirations, and expose pathways for their success
● Abundant exposure to knowledge, effective instruction, high quality resources, and critical technology
● A secure sense of belonging and community that contributes to a healthy growth mindset
● Accessible learning environments where role models are plentiful and a positive relationship with learning is encouraged

In response to the education needs of Chicago students, Tutoring Chicago has delivered high-quality one-to-one tutoring programs to low-income students at no cost to families for over five decades. Our tutoring programs are based on a theory of change in which, through the dedicated support of a trained adult tutor, students achieve improved education outcomes. Our focus is on establishing a strong relationship between the student and their tutor over an entire school year.

Through recruitment, screening, training, and matching of volunteer tutors, Tutoring Chicago strives to empower students to achieve greater educational attainment. Tutors are equipped with the resources they need to communicate effectively with their student’s parents, teachers, and surrounding community in order to best understand their student’s unique needs. The same student and tutor work together throughout the program, with many continuing in tutoring together for multiple years. As a result, students receive the quality, individualized and dedicated support they need to succeed in their education and beyond.

For more than 55 years Tutoring Chicago has dedicated its mission to delivering the power of education to children facing economic barriers through one-to-one tutoring and high-quality programming that is not only academic, but developmental and reflective. Our mission, programs and delivery are centered in these values.

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.

Tutoring Chicago is the only local, non-profit organization that provides one-on-one, weekly individualized tutoring services to Chicago students with the support of community volunteers.

Enrollment in Tutoring Chicago has quadrupled since 2010 and our budget has doubled in the last five years. Our reach now includes students from over 200 different Chicago schools across over 50 zip codes. During the 2020-2021 school year, Tutoring Chicago continued to serve 900 low-income students a week through digital tutoring, despite the impact of COVID-19. On top of pivoting to digital tutoring in order to reach students at home, Tutoring Chicago provided 350 Chromebooks directly to students most in need promoting access to tutoring and their education beyond. For 2022-23, Tutoring Chicago will offer a hybrid model of tutoring with synchronous digital and in-person tutoring reaching over 1,000 students. Our tutoring programs will utilize over 1,000 trained adult volunteer tutors in providing individualized instruction and educational support to vulnerable students in grades 1-9 across Chicago.

Although there is no single solution to the many challenges faced by children growing up in poverty, Tutoring Chicago believes that one of the most important steps in closing the gap between low income students and their higher income peers is to provide educational enrichment that will propel them toward young adult success and life-long learning.

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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Tutoring Chicago

Board of directors
as of 02/08/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Howard Meyer

Zeller Realty

Term: 2023 - 2020

Howard Meyer

Zeller Realty

Mike King

CIBC

Marc McCallister

Gary McCallister & Associates

Zack Fishman

Founder, Chess Education Partners

Megan Milich

Redwood Logistics

Tommy Sternberg

William Blair

Chris Cassata

Jones Lang LaSalle

James Atkinson

Retired

Katie Welsh

Chicago Public Schools

Hawke Yoone

Lurie Childrens' Hospital; Feinberg School of Medicine

Lauren Martinez

Kimberly-Clark

Isaiah Brooms

Tutoring Chicago alumnus

Alfred Brown

Retired CPS administrator and corporate executive

Nicky Silva

PwC

Derek Johnson

Zeller

Kim Ruhana

Adam Wolocko

Inspire11

Clifton Clarke

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Shawn Weems

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/23/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/25/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.