Children growing up in Chicago face many challenges. Drug and gang violence are on the rise in the city as is the number of Chicago Public Schools’ students whose lives are claimed by gun violence. City schools are often overcrowded and struggle to adequately prepare youth with the math and literacy skills necessary for life after graduation.

Breakthrough Urban Ministries responds to these harsh realities with its Youth and Family Services Program. Every day, Breakthrough surrounds youth with a network of caring adults to support their growth and expand their opportunities. The relationships that youth build with these adults provide positive influence and can make a huge difference in the life of a child. Breakthrough’s youth initiatives include preschool, middle and high school academic enrichment and spiritual development activities, along with athletic programs to engage youth physically.

Breakthrough Beginners

Educators have identified early childhood education as one of the most critical necessities for preparing urban youth for academic success. Breakthrough Beginners, a preschool program, equips young children with a strong academic foundation for Kindergarten and fosters social and emotional development in youngsters.

The Nettie Bailey Student Achievement Program

Breakthrough’s after school program focuses on teaching elementary school students essential math and literacy skills and is recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education as a 21st Century Community Learning Center.

Youth Bible Studies

Staff and volunteers conduct weekly Bible studies for youth to foster spiritual growth and life-transforming experiences.

Breakthrough Athletics Program

To complement Breakthrough’s academic and spiritual development efforts, the organization offers an athletics program to engage young athletes in year-round sports leagues while teaching sportsmanship and promoting healthy lifestyles.

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