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Hope Junior

Hope Junior offers children and teens high-quality after-school program activities and opportunities during non-school hours. The goal of Hope Junior is to provide youth with positive experiences at a young age that will translate into positive choices in the future.

Hope Junior & After School Matters Program

The need for safe, quality youth programming is growing daily. There have been over 70 shootings in Chicago of children under 18 years old in the past year.

We believe it is important to expose the children to as many opportunities and experiences so they can develop the skills to make positive choices in their lives and for their futures.

  • Community service projects
  • Fine arts activities in music, drama, arts and crafts, including an annual musical production that is performed by our Hope Jr. kids.
  • Tutoring/mentoring program providing youth with after-school and weekend help that ranges in homework help to lessons in life.
Daily programming services include:
  • Homework help
  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Exercise
  • Sports
  • Games
  • Book club
  • Choir
  • Field trips
  • Dance
  • Recreation
  • Arts and crafts
  • Fine arts
  • Drama
  • Kids Café meal
Saturday Activities include:
  • Piano lessons – September through June. 6 children and teens have been participating for over four years.
  • Basketball games for girls team in the fall & boys team in the winter.
  • Special events
  • Trips
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Celebrations
  • Tutoring
  • Cultural events
  • Guest performers.
Grade School Daily Programming and School Year

Community children come to Hope Junior during out-of-school time which includes after-school, school holidays, vacations and summer.

  • Hope Junior meets Monday through Friday after school from 2:30PM to 6:00PM daily.
  • Hope Junior Summer meets Monday through Friday after school from 9:00AM to 3:30PM daily.
  • 50 children attend between the ages of five to 13.
  • Average daily attendance is 90%.
Teen School Year

Community teenagers come during out-of-school time which includes after-school, school holidays, vacations and summer. The program details include:

  • Program schedule is Monday through Friday from 3:00PM to 6:00PM
  • Summer program schedule is Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 2:30PM

Teenagers participate in the following:

  • Writing papers
  • Helping tutor younger children
  • Completing community service hours required for graduation
After School Matters - Teens 14-18 years old (High School)

After School Matters is funded by the City of Chicago. It has been part of Hope Junior for over 5 years. The program offers teens after-school programs and summer jobs in the fine arts. Teens interview each session, turning in a resume and meeting with the instructors before being offered the position. The accepted teens participate in leadership classes, keep time sheets and complete the fine arts program which includes developing the script, designing, making customs, painting scenes and props, and performing.

Many of the teens in this program demonstrate real talent and leadership skills as they work on productions. They are not only learning skills and building confidence, but are also learning how to work as a team and the patience it takes to deliver a finished project at the end of the sessions. They are always very excited to perform but have really been learning how to build the foundation that culminates in the performance. They have also learned to understand that it is important for everyone to do their part because each person’s job is important for the whole.

Basketball Girls and Boys Westside Catholic League

Girls Team 5th-8th grade September 2010 – December 2010

Boys Team 5th-8th grade January 2011

The girls and boys basketball teams practice daily and most games occur on Saturdays. The coaches teach and focus on team work, developing skills, good sportsmanship

Documentary H.O.O.D. Heroes On Our Doorsteps

Hope Junior participants worked with poet Brenda Matthews and community partner Taproots to create a documentary on violence. Filmmakers Ashley and Reign Patrick filmed and interviewed a multi-generational cross section of the community around issues of violence. Several of our teens and their families are featured in the film. The film was used as a tool to start the discussion with different groups throughout the community.

School Involvement
  • The Hope Junior Children attend local schools including: Octavia Paz, LEARN Charter, Calhoun, Jenson and Kellman.
  • The Hope Junior children receive home work help daily.
  • 21 8th graders and 14 high school students graduated in June 2010.
  • Hope Junior celebrates graduations.
  • 12 of the high school graduates are registered for continuing education programs
  • Staff collect report cards four times per year. This helps determine what help the children need with their home work.
  • Weekly tutoring by volunteers.
Hope Junior After School Matters Gives Back

It is important that children and teens feel connected to the community. We offer many opportunities throughout the year for the children & teens to volunteer.

Field Trips

A total of 49 children/teens participated in three separate trips to Wisconsin. The kids enjoyed swimming, visiting a farm, a train ride and time together around a real old fashioned campfire. These trips are a high point in the summer for everyone.

  • 100% of Hope Junior/ASM received back packs and school supplies for the start of the new school year Sept. 2009
  • Participated in the Pumpkin Patch/Haunted House activities.
  • Thanksgiving Celebration
  • Tutor Christmas Party
  • 20 teens attended Weber Stephen Christmas Party. Children performed a dance.
  • Teens presented at the Pastor Breakfast on Violence
  • Boys and Girls Basketball Banquet
  • February Black History Presentation
  • Valentine Celebration
  • April Breakfast with the Bunny
  • June Graduation Celebration

For more information please contact:

Deanna Hallagan, Hope Jr. Director
(773) 584-4544

  •           Marillac St. Vincent Family Services
              Mailing Address: P.O. Box 14699 Chicago, IL 60614
  •           Marillac Social Center               773.722.7440           212 S. Francisco Ave. Chicago, IL 60612   
              St. Vincent de Paul Center        312.943.6776           2145 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614   
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