Loyola University Chicago

Student Transitions and Outreach

Youth Outreach

On-going programs for Chicago youth

Edgewater Kids United

This weekly mentoring program for local middle-school students who identify as low-income, first-generation, and/or students of color is a collaboration with Sacred Heart Schools, Alderman Harry Osterman of the 48th Ward, and Youth Guidance. Youth gather together with undergraduate mentors for meals, reflection circles, and recreation in a safe and encouraging environment. The program aims to increase youths' self-confidence, motivation, community engagement, and academic success.

Edgewater youth in grades 6-9 can join us Friday evenings during the school year, and multiple afternoons a week over the summer. Contact the office to learn more.

College Readiness

Youth from Chicago schools and community organizations engage with Loyola staff and students to increase their college knowledge, aspirations, and attainment through campus visits, peer support, and an introduction to campus resources.

Schools and organizations can contact us to schedule a visit. 

Community Peace Circles

Local youth, community members, and Loyola students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in periodic Peace Circles on campus and in the broader Rogers Park and Edgewater communities. These Circles aim to build community by creating a space with people from varied backgrounds and experiences can tell their stories and discuss issues relevant to our shared community values. 


For more information about these or any of our programs, please contact Student Transitions and Outreach at 773-508-7381.