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Family Matters

  • Family Matters
  • 7731 N. Marshfield Avenue
  • Chicago, IL 60626

Program Description

Since 1987, Family Matters (FM) has partnered with Northeast Rogers Park to develop leadership that promotes social change, from the individual to systemic levels. Our Principles of Leadership (embracing positive thinking and language; utilizing peaceful conflict resolution; and encouraging responsible decision-making) shape our strategies. During 2011-12, Family Matters engaged approximately 300 youth (grades K-12) through our outreach/school-based initiatives and holistic after-school programs. After-school programs include: Family Connections for children, ages 5-12, and their families; Teen Programs, age and gender specific initiatives for youth 12-19; and Community Tutoring (CT), which has four distinct education initiatives. Health and Wellness and Post-secondary Readiness goals are embedded within the programs and extend into the community. Respectful Communities training takes Principles of Leadership to audiences outside of FM.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Other
  • Parent/family services
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Race & Ethnicity

  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 2%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 49%
  • African American: 49%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 40
  • Middle School: 40
  • Elementary School: 20
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Between 25% and 50%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Augustana College (1)
  • Loyola University Chicago (1)
  • Northeastern Illinois University (1)
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (1)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago (1)

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 95%