We Are a Grassroots Educational Organization

We are a community of volunteers. Since its founding in 2003, the program has had very limited funding. Despite the challenges of limited resources, the school prides itself on this truly grassroots model.


Individual Contributions

Charitable contributions help defray expenses related to educational materials and day-to-day administrative costs. We are a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status. Students pay $175 per semester plus $35 for registration. A donation of $175 pays for half a scholarship and a donation of $350 pays for a full scholarship. We are grateful for all contributions. Contributions can be made by check or using PayPal.


This needed educational program exists in great part thanks to the continued support of institutions such as:

  • Alternative Schools Network
  • BVM Sisters
  • Ecuadorian Volunteers Association
  • Franciscan Foundation – Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, Frankfort, IL
  • Sisters of Notre Dame
  • Sisters of St. Joseph
  • Sweeney Foundation
  • The Ray and Betty Olfky Foundation
  • Winnetka Congregational Church

We have also received support from community organizations such as Hispanics in Philanthropy.

In-kind support is deliciously given by Blue Plate, the company that has catered our fall benefit.

In the spirit of our curriculum focus on eco-justice, students and their families planted trees in Harrison Park, in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.

Photo: Donna McGrath

Volunteer Tutors and Teachers

Volunteer tutors and teachers are always needed in our classes. Volunteers are also needed to assist in important school events such as:

  • College/Career Night
  • Graduation
  • Fundraising Events

If you would like to volunteer, please complete the Volunteer Applicationand email or mail it, or call us.

Become Involved

  • Contribute your valuable time and talents
  • Make a tax-deductible donation to help sustain this program
  • Attend our events
  • Spread the word about our program

Advisory Council

Marisa Alicea, PhD

School for New Learning
DePaul University
Chicago, IL

John Betancur, PhD

Professor and Director of
Undergraduate Studies
Department of Urban Planning and Policy
College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

Chuck Dahm PhD, OP

Associate Pastor
St. Pius V Parish
Chicago, IL

Maricela García

Chief Executive Officer
Gads Hill
Founder and Executive Director
Latino Policy Forum
Chicago, IL

Tom Heaney, PhD

Adult Education National Louis University
National-Louis University
Chicago, IL

Sr. Bridget Murphy, SND

Chicago, IL

Barbara Ransby, PhD

African American Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

José Rico

Senior Vice President of Community Investment
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
Chicago, IL

David Rutschman, PhD

Dorothy Stang Popular Education Adult High School
Professor Emeritus
Northeastern Illinois University
Chicago, IL

David Stang

Palmer Lake, CO