Loyola University Chicago

Student Transitions and Outreach

Student Academic Services

Edgewater Kids United

Program Details

Edgewater Kids United (EKU) is an open gym/mentoring program that takes place every Friday night 5pm-8:30pm at Sacred Heart and Loyola.


Middle and High School Participants:


Underrepresented youth (low-income, first-generation, students of color) grades 6th-12th, are offered a safe and free community with minimal rules, where kids can be kids. Youth receive a meal, time to play with their peers in the gym, and have the opportunity to build relationships with near-peer undergraduate role models (College Coaches).

Students who are interested in joining should download an EKU Waiver and return it completed by their guardian.

Loyola Undergraduates:

College students who are interested in learning about leadership and want to build relationships with youth can volunteer as College Coaches with EKU. Students can volunteer to earn service learning hours through ELPS 125: Introduction to Leadership Studies, credit hours through UNIV 392: Ignatian Praxis - Pedagogy of Justice, or volunteer on their free time. 

The main focus of College Coaches is to build relationships with the youths in an informal mentoring model. This is accomplished via check ins, playing athletic games, eating together, hanging out, etc. In addition to gaining mentoring experience, College Coaches also learn how to be more effective leaders by participating in trainings and receiving feedback on their experience.

Loyola undergraduates who are interested in the opportunity to volunteer with EKU and completing service learning hours should contact our main office number at 773.508.7381.

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