We recruit volunteers from local churches to support after school tutoring for primarily 2nd & 3rd grade students with a focus on Reading and Math.
We offer weekly character development support and facilitate academic check-ins during the day to the entire class, small affinity groups, and individual students.
- Faculty Coaching
- Family Support
- Mentor, Tutor, and Intern Support
We collaborate with other youth-serving organizations to create collective impact toward education reform in Chicago.
Our education work is taking place in 18 schools
Over 80 tutors and mentors are involved
Over 700 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
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.