The Cities Projectis a non-profit, research-based mentorship program dedicated to supporting Chicago Public School students and their families. Through research, they want to understand how stressful life experiences affect youth—physically, mentally, and academically. Further, their mission is to provide students with community-oriented intervention programs to lessen the effects of stress. Specifically, the project provides students with:
training in coping with severe and chronic stressors that impede learning (e.g., community violence),
connection to mentors who support youth coping in real-life situations, and
connection to high-quality after-school and summer programming for additional support.
The Cities Mentor Project makes a long-term commitment to youth, supporting them from the 4th grade all the way through their first year in college.