CGF was recognized by CNN Heroes (2011) and BET Hip Hop Awards (2010) as a philanthropic organization doing great work in urban communities.
The Foundation hosted its first annual summer youth camp in August, taking 30 students from Chicago Public Schools for a week-long camp experience to begin the process of changing their lives! The students were selected from an application process and awarded full scholarships for the camp and year-round mentoring.
The youth camp is designed to provide our students with new experiences in outdoor activities, along with curriculum and practice in Healthy Living, Character Education, Money Management, and of course Creative Expression!
Following the camp experience, the Mentoring program tracks students for 3 years; supporting their transition into High School, ensuring they maintain high attendance and passing grades, and addressing various academic and social challenges. One of the goals of the mentoring program is to prepare students to become part of Chicago Scholars 5 year program, which supports students through final year of high school and post-secondary education.
Visit www.chicagoscholars.org for more information.
Additionally, building on the curriculum that began during Summer Youth Camp, CGF hosts monthly group mentoring sessions and outings. The mentoring program also includes peer mentoring and adult coaching. The program tracks students on a weekly basis and coordinates efforts with the student, their family, and high school counselors to ensure the students academic and social challenges are addressed.
This work is possible through a dedicated team of volunteers, and with the support of corporations, community organizers, and individual donors who demonstrate tremendous commitment to our youth through their gifts and resources.
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