We help churches and other organizations adopt schools to remove the barriers that disrupt a quality education for Chicago students.

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Mentoring and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Training

  • We provide evidence based Social Emotional Learning and Mentor training for parents, school-staff, and mentors (primarily church volunteers and college interns)
  • We offer social and emotional mentoring and academic check-ins, during the school day, for PreK-12 schools


We recruit volunteers from local churches and other organizations to support after school academic enrichment, primarily for Reading and Math

“Village of Support” Building

We help churches and other organizations adopt schools and offer comprehensive wrap-around services in order to remove the barriers that disrupt a quality education for Chicago students


We collaborate with other youth-serving organizations to create collective impact toward education reform in Chicago.

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Love Our Schools Day

Fri, May 27

Participate in Love Our Schools Day at your local neighborhood school. Churches and community organizations will serve a meal and offer prayer to school staff and administration. Register your location.


Our education work is taking place in 70 schools

Over 100 tutors and mentors are involved

Over 1,000 students impacted through our programs

Since I've been involved in mentoring at a local school, I've learned to be more patient and understanding."

– Volunteer Mentor

"I truly appreciate the insight I have been able to gain from communicating and establishing relationships with all the students I engage with. The interactions and topics of discussion I have had with the students has checked a lot of my biases and its encouraged me to be a critically and racially/culturally aware individual outside the setting of Lovett as well."

– Volunteer at Lovett ES

"Although these kids are so young, they deal with many difficulties outside of school. Sometimes I feel like I don't have the right things to say back to them, but I believe that giving them that safe space to just release their thoughts and refocus their attention is beneficial."

– Volunteer Tutor

Our Team

Damien Howard

Director of Education Initiatives

Damien Howard is an educator with 12 years of experience, primarily with Chicago Public Schools. He cares deeply about Urban Education Reform. Damien teaches character development and life skills to help students thrive in all aspects of their lives.  His current work targets schools on the South and West sides of Chicago.

Damien graduated from the University of Illinois (05′) with a degree in Special Education. Damien received his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (10′). Damien is married to Sharial and Gabrielle is their daughter.


Be a part of this collective effort to improve educational outcomes

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