Program Partners

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Program Partners

ACT Now Coalition, a statewide out-of-school time and youth development advocacy effort working to ensure all Illinois youth have access to quality, affordable opportunities.

The Afterschool Alliance is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments. The Afterschool Alliance works with the Administration, the U.S. Congress, governors, mayors and advocates across the country.

The first effort of its kind to take place in a major city in the United States, Chicago City of Learning (CCOL) is a groundbreaking initiative that joins together learning opportunities for young people in a way that allows them to think about, pursue, and develop their interests. CCOL breaks down the false barriers between learning that happens in school and learning that happens outside of school. Through CCOL young people can take new paths of discovery, explore the city's rich resources and find out what they can learn, make, do, and ultimately become.

Founded by Chef Art Smith and artist Jesus Salgueiro in 2003, Common Threads grew out of the belief that family and food have the power to nurture and strengthen us, to connect us to culture and community, and to teach and excite us about our world.

By sharing the delight of cooking and delicious recipes, in conjunction with practical life-skills in health and nutrition, Common Threads can change lives.

After-School All-Stars has partnered with Fifth-Third Bank to bring the Young Bankers Club to our All-Stars. The Young Bankers Club will teach students about the importance of good education, the basics of money, and the importance of personal responsibility with the goal of increasing financial literacy.

Hive Chicago is a thriving network of 64 local member organizations across the city of Chicago – joined by dozens of local, national and international collaborating partners – to motivate, inspire and support Connected Learning experiences for thousands of young learners.