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To the Editor:

Strive Tutoring is celebrating its 25th year as a Hyde Park tradition, its roots firmly grounded in the neighborhood since 1988. We are a community-based, 501(c)3 nonprofit, offering free one-to-one tutoring and mentoring services to local children, grades 1 to 12, from limited income families.

We are able to offer these services free of charge to children who need them because people from the community have stepped up to join our staff of volunteer tutors. Our committed, energetic and highly competent volunteers are the heart and soul of our work!

Strive has a long wait-list of students who would like to enroll in our program, and we would like to be able to accept them. You, our neighbors, can help us to reach this goal.

If you are a professional, professor, educator, business owner, college/grad student, exceptional high school student or other dynamic and committed individual, we invite you to share your talents and passions by applying to join us as a volunteer tutor/mentor in our mission of fostering lifelong passion for learning.

In addition to having a firm grasp of academic subject matter, our tutors are encouraged to share other talents and passions, such as chess, crochet, art, music-making, baking, science projects, etc. Essential traits of Strive tutors are both patience and energy to meet students right where they are.

Meaningful relationships between tutors and students and attention to the development of the whole child are the cornerstones of our work. In fact, some tutoring pairs meet over the course of years! Strong commitment is necessary to the success of our program.

To learn more about Strive’s work, visit our website at Interested volunteers should call or email us: or (773) 268-4910. Please note that background checks are required for all Strive tutors.

With the status of education in Chicago — and the nation — standing at a crossroads, Strive’s services are more important than ever. We stick with kids for the long haul, from reading their first book to applying for college. As their lives change over time, our students take comfort in coming through the same familiar doors within a community of positivity and support.

We hope you will consider sharing in our journey of service — right here at home.

Angela Paranjape
Executive Director
Strive Tutoring