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Since beginning in 1965, by a group of employees at Montgomery Ward, the Cabrini Green Tutoring Program has helped thousands of economically disadvantaged students in elementary school grow both personally and academically. In June 1990, Cabrini Green Tutoring Program became incorporated as a private non-profit organization dedicated to the youth of Cabrini Green.

Over the years, the organization has been recognized for its quality educational services for low income children.

  • The Cabrini Green Tutoring Program, Inc. was previously on the White House list of Exemplary Tutoring and Reading Programs. In 1996, CGTP was part of former President Clinton’s “America Reads” Challenge.
  • In 2006, the Cabrini Green Tutoring Program received the prestigious Thomas A. Demetrio Lend-A- Hand Award of Excellence as an outstanding and exemplary tutoring program in Chicago.
  • In July 2008, then CGTP Board President Tom Staunton received the Making a Difference Award from the Sun-Times Judge Marovitz Lend- A-Hand to Youth Program for outstanding service as a board member and tutor for over 10 years.
  • In December 2008, CGTP received the Sun-Times Literacy Award from the Sun-Times Judge Marovitz Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth Program.
  • In December 2009, CGTP was honored to be the featured charity at the holiday luncheon of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association.

Originally housed at Chicago Ave. and Larrabee Ave. for 33 years, the organization moved to the New City YMCA in the late 90’s; and later found its home in 2007 inside the St. Vincent de Paul Center at Halsted and Webster. In fall 2011, we were proud to announce the addition of a second site, located at Goethe Elementary School in Logan Square. Today, the organization serves approximately 300 disadvantaged youth from low income families in the Chicago area, with an outlook to serve even more.

In summer 2012, Cabrini Green Tutoring Program became Tutoring Chicago. The new name enabled us to elevate our target market to include local neighborhoods beyond Cabrini Green while remaining positioned as a nonprofit, community-oriented organization, committed to providing free tutoring to children around the city.