Resources and Opportunities

Be advised of the following resources and opportunities highlighted in the ACT Now newsletters:


Youth Opportunities

  • After School Matter Fall Program Session: Accepting applications for their fall 2017 program session. Current Chicago public high school students who are Chicago residents, including rising freshmen and just-graduated seniors, are eligible. Some spots are available to non-CPS high school students.





  • Tolerance and Inclusion Resources: Supports for afterschool providers in ensuring that their programs are a place where participants, families, staff, and communities feel safe.

    • Illinois State Board of Education: List of anti-bias resources that may be of benefit to school districts and the communities they serve. Includes social justice curriculums for educators and interactive activities for students.
    • National AfterSchool Association: Resources to support afterschool providers in their work with young people, communities, and each other that are proactive and in response to the aftermath of tragedy.
    • Southern Poverty Law Center: Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide
    • ExpandedEDSchools: Crucial, Courageous Conversations: How to Talk to Kids About Racial Violence
    • NPREd: Resources for Educators to Use in the Wake of Charlottesville
    • National Education Association: Diversity Toolkit: Cultural Competence for Educators
    • Los Angeles Times: How to Talk to Your Kids About the Violence in Charlottesville
  • Bringing Older Adult Volunteers into Youth-Serving Organizations: Tips for how afterschool programs can take part in the Generation to Generation campaign, a national effort to inspire adults over 50 to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth.
  • The Power of Partnerships with the Business Community: Tips on how afterschool providers can engage the business community to increase their capacity.
  • Youth Engagement Strategies: The Interagency Working Group on is seeking input from young people and organizations about the best ways to engage youth.

Social Emotional Learning

College and Career Readiness

Health and Nutrition



Opportunities for Providers

  • Illinois Back to School: ISBE invites schools across the state to share how they are welcoming back their students for the 2017-2018 academic year via Facebook, twitter, and email.

  • SciGirls CONNECT Train the Trainer Program: Looking for applicants to bring its educational resources and gender equity strategies to communities nationwide.

  • Black Girls CODE: Looking for additional instructors and classroom assistants for its upcoming summer camps in in Oakland, Dallas, and Chicago.

  • Black Girls CODE: Looking for wellness instructors for its upcoming summer camp in Chicago.


Funding Opportunities

  • School Breakfast Grants: Ranging from $2,100 to $5,000 have been made available to help schools implement a Breakfast After the Bell delivery model.
  • Environmental Service-Learning Grant: Offering grants up to $1,000 to assist schools and youth organizations with environmental service-learning projects that link the classroom to the real world. The deadline to apply is Saturday, September 30, 2017.
  • The Finish Line Youth Foundation: Funds community-based youth athletic programs and camps that emphasize active lifestyles, especially programs that serve disadvantaged and special needs kids. The next grant deadline is Saturday, September 30, 2017.
  • Advancing Informal STEM Learning: Soliciting grant proposals for informal STEM education. The deadline to apply is Monday, November 6, 2017.
  • Home Depot Foundation: Offers grants, up to $5,000, to IRS-registered 501(c) designated organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies. The next grant deadline is Sunday, December 31, 2017.


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