Youth Programs

What We Do

CMAA's Youth Programs offer a variety of academic, social, and educational programs to low income and minority youth between the ages of 4 and 18 years old. These programs create a fun, safe, open, and healthy environment where youth can thrive and succeed academically, socially, professionally, and personally.

150+

Youth served annually

641

Hours of after school and summer programming provided annually

63%

Elementary students increased one letter grade in one core subject this year

100%

High school mentees pursued higher education this year

Our Programs

After School Program

Young Women Warriors

Tiger Tutor

Youth Summer Camp

Young Men Making Moves

CMAA Playstreets Internship

Penny Severns Family Literacy Program

 

After School Program

CMAA’s After School Program helps low income, immigrant, and/or minority youth in grades K-8th develop the skills they need to succeed in school through quality homework help and tutoring services. Each semester, over 80 youths receive homework help and tutoring each day with staff and volunteers ready to help. After their studies, youths are provided with additional extracurricular activities to promote creativity and curiosity, and the after-school program provides a safe space for youths to engage in fun and educational recreational activities together. With a diverse population of participants, our youth learn from an early age how to engage with new friends from different backgrounds. The afterschool program runs every week of the school year on Mondays through Fridays from 3 to 6 PM.

This program serves youth from the K-8th grade that lives in the city of Chicago. 

For more information, please contact:
Ngan Le at nganl@chinesemutualaid.org or 773-784-2900 ext. 124 for more details.

Sa Tran at sat@chinesemutualaid.org or 773-784-2900 ext. 124 for more details.                                              

 

Youth Summer Camp

CMAA’s Youth Summer Camp is an exciting opportunity for youth to both learn and have fun during the summer. The After School Program transitions into this full-day summer camp where students take classes in core subjects such as science, math, English, and social studies to supplement what they have learned in school. During the camp, over youths also enjoy structured recreational activities, life skills workshops, arts, crafts, and sports. Older youth who have graduated out of the program can also participate by volunteering as camp counselors, where they learn important leadership skills and soft skills. In the past, kids have had fun field trips to museums and other Chicago institutions as well as interactive workshops. The Youth Summer Camp runs from July through August on Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 4 pm with breakfast and lunch included.

This program serves youth from the K-7th grade that lives in the city of Chicago.

For more information, please contact :

Margaret Smith at margarets@chinesemutualaid.org or 773-784-2900 ext. 123 for more details.

Sa Tran at sat@chinesemutualaid.org or 773-784-2900 ext. 124 for more details.    

 

CMAA Playstreets Internship
(After School Matters Partnership)

After School Matters(ASM) is a nonprofit organization that provides Chicago public high school teens opportunities to explore and develop their talents while gaining critical skills for work, college, and beyond. CMAA’s After School Matters program provides teens with an internship where they implement sports-based programming and help CMAA throw our annual PlayStreets events, which is a block party for the whole community. ASM teens work with local youths at CMAA's summer camp and learn how to implement sports such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, and more. The ASM teens also implement PlayStreets, which is a program that promotes positive loitering, community engagement, fosters a welcoming community, and encourages everyone to stay active and healthy. The teens put PlayStreets into action by creating a street full of fun activities and games for children and adults and managing PlayStreets.

This is a part-time paid internship program for six weeks of the summer.

For more information, please contact :
Ngan Le at 
nganl@chinesemutualaid.org or 773-784-2900 ext. 124 for more details.

 

Young Women Warriors

Young Women Warriors is a free, year-round mentorship program that connects young women of color to older, female professionals of color who can guide young women through their high school and early college careers. YWW serves young women from ages 12-18 of all races and ethnicities. Pairing the mentees to mentors who are successful leaders and role models in the community, YWW works to help the young women succeed academically and professionally. 100% of our mentees have moved on to higher education, going to schools such as UIUC and Yale. Through the group mentoring program, the mentors and mentees meet twice a month from September to June for workshops and activities that encompass topics such as higher education, career growth, financial literacy, public speaking, voting, female health, self-defense and safety, and self-confidence. 

YWW has worked for over 18 years to serve underserved young women of color and to foster a strong, long-lasting support network of mentors and mentees.

For more information, please contact :
Margaret Smith at 
margarets@chinesemutualaid.org or 773-784-2900 ext. 123 for more details.

 

Young Men Making Moves

Young Men Making Moves is a new mentoring program for young men of color that started in 2017 in response to a request from current male youth for a program of their own. As a sister program to YWW, YMMM strives to achieve similar goals, helping young men succeed academically and professionally through their mentors’ guidance throughout their high school and early college careers. This program brings 12 to 18 year old young men of color from immigrant households to meet mentors who are successful leaders and role models in the community. Through workshops, activities, and retreats, a strong community and lasting network of mentors and mentees is created.

For more information, please contact :
Margaret Smith at 
margarets@chinesemutualaid.org or 773-784-2900 ext. 123 for more details.

 

Penny Severns Family Literacy Program

CMAA’s Penny Severns Family Literacy Program provides integrated and intensive instruction for immigrant and refugee families in order to improve their reading and writing skills and English language proficiency. Parents receive English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring and support while also participating in workshops on topics such as children’s health and safety, and children receive instruction in subjects such as literacy and arts & crafts. Parents and children learn and bond together by learning how to use library resources, going on field trips, and other interactive parent-child activities.

 
 

Tiger Tutor

Focusing on individualized, high-quality instruction, Tiger Tutor is CMAA's new test prep service. With a focus on the ACT and SAT -- as well as services for the PSAT, CPS high school selective enrollment exam, and middle school subject-based tutoring -- TigerTutor is dedicated to helping students achieve their short-term and long-term academic and collegiate goals. Tiger Tutor is a fee-based service and CMAA's first social enterprise initiative. 

To learn more about Tiger Tutor, click here . 

For more information, please contact :
Margaret Smith at 
margarets@chinesemutualaid.org or 773-784-2900 ext. 123 for more details.

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