OUTREACH - ASSISTANCE TO THE MATERIAL POOR: KELLY HALL
Kelly Hall runs as a partnership between the Archdiocese of Chicago (through the Mission), Metro Chicago YMCA and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The YMCA provides the day to day programming and associated staff, the Food Depository provides the food for the kids’ snacks, daily dinners, and the food pantries, and the Mission runs the food pantries, seniors program, and provides guidance and oversight for the kids programming.
The Kelly Hall afterschool program and associated youth programming is the day to day focus of Kelly Hall. Approximately 900 youth and teens participate in a variety of afterschool, evening and summer programs each month. Programming includes daily tutoring, daily silent reading time, daily computer time/ classes, daily healthy dinner, supervised and safe play areas, sports teams (multi time 8th grade city basketball champs!), summer day camp, and special events. The kids and teens in the neighborhood know that Kelly Hall is a safe place they can go to play and be involved with fun, positive activities.
Since the afterschool program began in 2009, the average grades of the kids involved has gone from Ds and Fs to As and Bs. This is remarkable in a neighborhood with a 67% high school dropout rate.
As mentioned on the volunteer page, we need tutors and mentors for the afterschool program.