School Programs

From elementary through high school, our volunteer-based school programs prepare underserved youth to succeed at every level, both in and out of the classroom. They benefit low-income, first-generation students of color--many of whom are limited English proficient and require special education services to bolster their academic, emotional, and social development. Our programs similarly offer enriching field opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students in need of observation hours.

CHiL Afterschool Tutoring

Afterschool homework assistance and social and emotional learning activities for middle school students in Wheeling Township. View program details and tutor application.

Lunch Buddies In-School Tutoring

In-school tutoring and mentoring for low-income elementary school students in Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Palatine, and Mount Prospect. View program details and tutor/mentor applications.

Intergenerational Pen Pals

Senior Corps-RSVP members (aged 55+) meet monthly to correspond with elementary school students in Palatine and Wheeling. View program details.

Service Learning

HOSC engages middle schools and high schools in a variety of service learning opportunites that include lesson plans, hands-on projects, and days of service in the community. Contact School Programs Coordinator Aaron Wasserman-Olin at to inquire about opportunities for your school or classroom.

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Other Opportunities

PALS Middle School Tutors

Seeking adult volunteers to inspire middle school students! Middle school is a challenging time of transition for many students, and an adult role model to collaborate with on homework can make a big difference! Students who attend our Partners Assisting Learning in Schools (PALS) program at MacArthur Middle School look forward to getting some assistance on their homework. Many have difficulties with study skills, organization, self-advocacy, and/or home environment. Our PALS Program runs 3:00 - 4:00 every Wednesday starting in mid-October through mid-May. Volunteers are supervised by school teaching staff. Come join our community to make a difference in the lives of students!

Prospect Heights, IL


Greeter and Reception for Lakeview Elementary Counseling Program

Welcome young people as they learn to live life more fully! This is a great opportunity for retiree's and/or college students! Tuesdays and/or Thursdays 4-7PM during the school year Kenneth Young Center (KYC) is proud to announce our expanded, collaborative partnership with Schaumburg Consolidated School District 54. We launched in-school counseling and therapy sessions for students and their families in response to community needs. The program supports the mental health of young people, and it helps them as they develop into healthy and happy adults. We are looking for committed and caring, volunteer support as an on-site Greeter for the students and/or their families. We need volunteers to welcome and greet students on Tuesdays and/or Thursday early evenings (approximately 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) at Lakeview Elementary in Schaumburg. Your friendly smile and open demeanor can help make students feel more comfortable for their sessions. You can change the future for these young people as they learn how to better handle stress and life's difficulties. Two important notes: This program follows the normal school-year schedule for holidays and summer vacation KYC will cover the cost of required background checks and fingerprinting [Kenneth Young Center is a local, community mental health and older adult services provider. For almost 50 years, we have served people to help them feel good, do better and find solutions. For more information, visit our website at ]

Hoffman Estates, IL


Expanded Learning Volunteer Opportunities

Expanded Learning is East Maine School District 63's home for out-of-school-time programming. We serve students in our District schools in before school, after school, school breaks, and early dismissal days by providing quality childcare and programming. In addition to Expanded Learning, we also have our Family Resource Center and provide community education sessions to everyone in our community. We hold fitness and wellness classes, English classes, Parent classes, and many more! We would love to engage more volunteers in efforts to continue to provide a well-rounded experience to our community and youth. If you are interested in working a few hours a week to help with homework or projects in our afterschool or before school programs, leading a community education class in your area of expertise, or help to answer phones and direct families at our front desk, we would love to hear from you! We value members of the community that donate their time to help us achieve our goals - we couldn't do it without you! Our before school program is Monday thru Friday from 7am until 9am. Our after school program is Monday thru Friday from 3pm - 6pm, and our community education sessions run throughout the fall, winter, and spring seasons. If you are interested in volunteering with us, we'd be grateful.

Niles, IL