During the school year, every Monday-Thursday between the hours of 3:30-6:00 pm, dozens of pre-K to 8th grade students from public, Catholic and charter schools in Rogers Park pour into Madonna Mission. They're greeted by a team of volunteers ready to help the students with whatever they might need to succeed academically in their American school. Homework help, math, reading and literacy development are key.

Upon initial arrival at MM, all students are assessed by our educationally accredited Program Director for appropriate placement in our "Reading A to Z" program. Of the 62 students enrolled in the MM after school program in 2016, 87% increased their reading skill by at least one level.

In addition, 8th grade students receive help navigating the forest of high school options  and applications in Chicago. From essays and exams to financial aid applications, lines of communication are established with the parents of these students, and with their teachers at school, to make sure everyone understands the process, and to make sure a language barrier doesn't mean a barrier to success. 

Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.
— Marian Wright Edelman