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 aaron@handsonsuburbanchicago.org to inquire about opportunities for your school or classroom.

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Opportunities

Lunch Buddies Mentors Needed at Elementary School in Palatine

Lunch Buddies aims to mitigate the inequities in education exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic by equipping low-income students with volunteer mentors to enable student engagement, socialization, and access to social and emotional support. Make a difference. Apply today: https://www.handsonsuburbanchicago.org/lunch-buddies Who: HandsOn Suburban Chicago needs caring and reliable community members like you to help high-needs students get on track to graduate! Because Lunch Buddies will take place online during fall 2020, volunteers must be 18 or older and have reliable access to broadband internet and a computer with a camera to be able to participate. Proficiency in Google products is a plus! What: Throughout the pandemic, Lunch Buddies at Jane Addams Elementary School will help students leverage their internal strengths to cope with a new sense of normal by connecting them with mentors in a secure virtual learning environment. Through video conferencing and under the direction of program staff, volunteer mentors will foster socialization among a small group of students and facilitate structured social and emotional learning activities. Where and When: Lunch Buddies will start in early October and go through mid-December. Volunteer mentors are needed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Choose and commit to one day per week. Mandatory orientation/training is TBD in September. Volunteers must be willing to undergo a background check. Why: Mentoring is a fun and rewarding experience. In addition to the satisfaction that comes with positively impacting those in need, volunteering in schools is an ideal way to meet new people, enhance your resume, and learn new skills. Mentoring at Lunch Buddies is also a great way for college and graduate students to earn field hours.

Palatine, IL

Through 12/10/20

CHiL Mentor at London Middle School (After School)

CHiL Mentor at London Middle School CHiL (Cooper, Holmes, and London) aims to mitigate the inequities in education exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic by equipping low-income students with volunteer mentors to enable student engagement, socialization, and access to academic and emotional support. Who: HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) needs caring and reliable community members like you to help high-needs students get on track to graduate! Because CHiL will take place online in fall 2020, volunteers must be 18 or older and have reliable access to both broadband internet and a computer with a camera to be able to participate. Proficiency in Google products is a plus! No specialized knowledge is necessary; a mandatory orientation and training session will take place in September. Volunteers must be willing to undergo a background check. What: CHiL is a volunteer-based afterschool program that provides social and emotional support coupled with homework help to low-income middle school students in Community Consolidated School District 21. Through video conferencing and under the direction of program staff, volunteer mentors will foster socialization among a small group of students; facilitate social and emotional learning activities; and guide their charges in completing schoolwork. Where and When: CHiL will take place online and begin in late September and go through mid-December. Volunteer mentors are needed on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm. Choose and commit to one day each week. Why: Mentoring is a fun and rewarding experience. In addition to the satisfaction that comes with positively impacting those in need, volunteering in schools is an ideal way to meet new people, enhance your resume, and learn new skills. Mentoring at CHiL is also a great way for college and graduate students to gain field hours. Make a difference. Apply today: https://www.handsonsuburbanchicago.org/chil

Wheeling, IL

Through 3/19/21

CHiL Mentor at Holmes Middle School (After School)

CHiL Mentor at Holmes Middle School CHiL (Cooper, Holmes, and London) aims to mitigate the inequities in education exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic by equipping low-income students with volunteer mentors to enable student engagement, socialization, and access to academic and emotional support. Who: HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC) needs caring and reliable community members like you to help high-needs students get on track to graduate! Because CHiL will take place online in fall 2020, volunteers must be 18 or older and have reliable access to both broadband internet and a computer with a camera to be able to participate. Proficiency in Google products is a plus! What: CHiL is a volunteer-based afterschool program that provides social and emotional support coupled with homework help to low-income middle school students in Community Consolidated School District 21. Through video conferencing and under the direction of program staff, volunteer mentors will foster socialization among a small group of students; facilitate social and emotional learning activities led by a social worker; and assist their charges in completing schoolwork. Where and When: CHiL will begin in late September and go through mid-December. Volunteer mentors are needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 pm. Choose and commit to one day each week. No specialized knowledge is necessary; a mandatory orientation and training session will take place in September. Volunteers must be willing to undergo a background check. Why: Mentoring is a fun and rewarding experience. In addition to the satisfaction that comes with positively impacting those in need, volunteering in schools is an ideal way to meet new people, enhance your resume, and learn new skills. Mentoring at CHiL is also a great way for college and graduate students to gain field hours. Make a difference. Apply today: https://www.handsonsuburbanchicago.org/chil

Wheeling, IL

Through 3/19/21