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. These 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 elementary school students in Palatine, Des Plaines, 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 Service Learning 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 New School Education and Counseling Program

Education and Mental Health Program with Kenneth Young Center and School District 54 Kenneth Young Center is proud to announce our expanded, collaborative partnership with Schaumburg Consolidated School District 54 to launch a pilot program in three schools: Lakeview Elementary, Muir Literacy Academy and Eisenhower Junior High. This pilot, developed in response to community needs, will support the mental health of young people which is pivotal to helping them develop into healthy and happy adults. KYC provides counseling and therapy sessions for students and their families in school-based settings. As a Greeter, you will welcome students to an opportunity as they learn how to handle stress and improve their relationships in a setting that is more familiar and comfortable to them. We are looking for committed and caring, volunteer support as an on-site Greeter for the students and/or their families. If you, or perhaps someone you know, is interested in learning about this incredible way to give back to the community and to help change the lives of those most in need, please contact us today. ONE NIGHT a week, and you can change the Future! (Afternoon/evenings will be on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays at Lakeview Elementary, Muir Literacy Academy and/or Eisenhower Junior High. Let us know which school location and day(s) you may be interested in serving.) ** Kenneth Young Center is a local, community mental health and older adult services provider. For almost 50 years, we have served to help people feel good, do better and find solutions. **

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