Impact & Outcomes

After School Matters Programs, Performances and Statistics

Hope Junior Demographics
  • 50 children 5-13 years old (June 2010 turned 50 children away because of lack of capacity)
  • 30 teens participate in After School Matters Program (120 interviewed for 30 slots)
  • 100% of Hope Junior participants qualify for free or reduced lunch-living below the poverty line
  • 100% of teens in ASM attend high school on a regular basis
  • 100% of Hope Children attend elementary school on a regular basis
  • 100% of the 80 children/teens involved receive hot meals daily
  • ASM 95% daily attendance rate
  • Hope Junior 90% daily attendance rate
Hope Junior and After School Matters Statistics
  • Funding allows 30 Teens to participate in each session in the Fall, Spring and Summer
  • Daily Attendance was 92% in 2010
  • Teens earned $425.00 per semester
  • Teens performed 5 shows of "Madea’s True Meaning of Christmas"
  • Teens performed Wilson’s "Fences, Two Trains Running and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom"
  • Teens performed 6 shows of "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" at Marillac, Chicago park districts and the Skokie public library.
  • Teens performed poetry to “End to Violence”
  • Teens participated in 5 sessions of “The Spoken Word”. Teens are challenged to find the power in their voice through their own poetry or their favorite author’s poetry.
  • The shows provide other programs with free events for children while our teens learn to be positive leaders in the community.
  • In the fall, winter and summer sessions the teens participated in weekly leadership groups lead by Taproots Inc. In there final evaluations 98% stated the information and discussions were very helpful to them.
KIDS CAFE - Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • 50 Hope Junior children/teens receive hot meal daily
  • In FY10 the meals started on October 6, 2009-June 30,2010
  • Meals were delivered 5 days per week for 33 weeks
  • 7,550 nutritious meals were served to the children/teens.
  • These meals are prepared at the Food Depository and delivered the day before the meal was to be served.
  • For large portion of the children/teens this is their main meal of the day. One mother said "this has been such a God send for my kids to get all this great nutrition."
  • 15 teens worked in Put Illinois to work Jobs Summer 2009
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.

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.

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.
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
  • Totor 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) 584-3234


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