WITS and Mentorships: Building a Community for Young Readers in CPS

By: Michelle Campos and Sharon Delavega

WITS
Photo: Michelle Campos

As of June 2018, Illinois proposed to pass a budget to aid the ongoing budget crisis.  While Illinois expects this will help improve their situation, public schools are still suffering from the lack of funding. CPS has less resources to aid their performance in literacy and require organizations to help strengthen their curriculum.

Resources to aid literacy in Chicago

Teachers and schools do their best to offer parents the best resources to improve their child’s literacy skills. Chicago Public Library’s Homework Help Program, offers free tutoring sessions for any student with access to a Chicago Public Library. This program also offers online tutoring sessions for students even after their local library is closed. While this resource is an excellent aid to a student’s education, finding programs that build communities can last them a lifetime.

Working In The Schools and their role with literacy

Located in the West Loop of Chicago, WITS is a non-profit organization that CPS students can use to strengthen their literacy skills and build relationships that will go beyond eighth grade graduation. Because WITS is non-profit, it costs schools and students nothing to invite volunteers in their building and work one on one with students and build their literacy skills. Every year, WITS hosts a fundraising event to keep the program going and reach out to more schools across CPS.    

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