Thank you for your interest in the Cities Project! Our crowdfunding campaign has ended, but you can still make a contribution by clicking HERE. We are so grateful for your support of our work!

The Cities Project 2022

Raised toward our $30,000 Goal
219 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on April 30, at 09:00 PM CDT
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How this past Year has Affected Children in Chicago

The pandemic continued to worsen long-standing economic and health disparities and added to the outsized proportion of children relative to adults in families who live in poor neighborhoods. Academic disparities also increased as Chicago Public Schools struggled to return to in-person learning with setback after setback. Meanwhile, ongoing community violence and police brutality reminded us of the death grip that racism still has on this country.


What Your Donation to Cities Project Will Do

Cities Project provides treatment for the traumas of urban poverty while helping youth escape the cycle of poverty through education and advocacy. Cities Project connects Chicago Public School students in low-income neighborhoods with university mentors and therapists to support healing, learning, and activism and to build community across our divided and unequal city. 


This summer, Cities Project will step up to help youth in whatever way is most needed by providing: 1) tutoring and academic support to help students get back on track at school; 2) connections to services that help families meet their most basic needs; 3) social emotional and therapeutic support for children and families who are recovering from loss or other painful experiences; 4) opportunities for advocacy that target the root causes of inequality, poverty, and racism; and 5) fun activities to help youth regain the joy of childhood.

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Eight Years in the Program

We work with each student from 6th grade through their first year in college.


Mentoring Since 2012

Our mentorship program has been making a difference since 2012!


636 Schools

There are 636 schools in the Chicago Public Schools system.


Ten Dollars for Each Year

This is the 10th year of the Cities Project! Help us celebrate by donating ten dollars for each year.


Each Child

The annual cost to provide support through the Cities Project is $1,000 per child. With your gift, we will be able to support more children, and make a positive impact on their families and communities.

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