Our Unique Strengths

Every day, Holy Family empowers Chicago children to move beyond the barriers of their community to experience a brighter future, thanks to:

Educational Excellence that goes above and beyond

  • A learning process that goes beyond traditional academic subjects to promote curiosity, decision-making, cooperation, creativity, leadership, optimism, and persistence from early childhood through 8th grade.

  • Teachers trained in trauma informed practices, and an on-site Licensed Professional Counselor to assist children struggling with issues related to the increasingly violent atmosphere in their neighborhoods.

  • Tools such as a computer lab and makerspace to encourage project based learning and critical thinking.

  • Special initiatives for Middle School students.

  • The Mentoring Program pairs students with a young adult who guides them through the process to apply to competitive college-prep high schools. Each year, 100% of our graduates are accepted into high-performing high schools.

  • The Discover America program, designed to increase college awareness for our 7th and 8th graders through actual visits to college campuses.

  • Thoughtful and inventive programs that keep children safe and actively engaged during the out-of-school hours

  • An innovative youth leadership development program that includes education and international travel to prepare teens and young adults to be leaders, role models, mentors and peacemakers in their communities. Our distinctive outreach initiative for middle school students provides powerful tools to combat violence.

Partners who are “all in”

  • Generous donors provide 70% of our budget, making it possible for every child enrolled in Holy Family programs to receive financial assistance.

  • Parents highly engaged in their child’s education as evidenced by the unprecedented success of the Parent Honor Roll and Parent University initiatives.

  • Committed Board Members guide Holy Family towards a sustainable future with a strong business model and healthy finances.