Tutor/Mentor Participation Census

November 9, 2009


According to the Chicago Census found online, there are approximately 11,483 kids’ ages 6-18 living in the Roseland area, which consists of the zip codes 60619, 60620, and 60628.  Upon researching, only about 4,112 of these kids attend tutor/mentoring programs in the neighborhood. In these tutor/mentoring sites, a big reason there are not more kids involved is because of the limited space. For example, the Kids Off the Block Program has only enough space to hold 71 kids, and about 80 are on a waiting list.  The area is not very wealthy, which is why the programs are not able to expand. In order to do so, they need money. The majority of the numbers of kids attending these programs belong to the Church.  There are about 3,036 kids involved in Church activities, most likely because they are free, and it is somewhere the kids can go with their parents or families, without having to worry about the cost.  I believe not many kids are involved in their after school programs because they just do not appeal o them.  Having to go to school 8 hours a day, and then going to a program at night does not seem attractive to many kids.  The programs need to be more advertised, have lower costs and more donations, and have a variety of activities the kids can engage in, other than focusing just on studies or worship.

Washington Park

The data received in census that was taken in the year 2000 showed that there were approximately 1682 kids enrolled in school grades pre-k through 12th grade. 80% of the kids attending the Washington Park Youth Program have remained active in it for at least 4 years. A total of 77% of youth active in the program in 2003 were still participating in 2007. The reason why these numbers are so high is because the program has never had a problem with program space, also because one of the main goals is to monitor each participant’s long term goals.

Morgan Park

A census found online claims there are about 12,204 children aged 5 – 12 in the neighborhood of Morgan Park.  Currently there are 70 students enrolled at the Connections Learning Center.  This program has had up to 100 students enrolled in the past.  Causes for the decreased enrollment are uncertain.  Also approxomately 87% of the students who attend Esmond Elementary School are involved in extracurricular activites in their school.  This number comes out to about 374 students.  The school has many after school programs offered including sports, art, math and reading club.


The total population in Beverly is 21,637. There are roughly about 6,000 children living in Beverly. This is the closest estimate I could possible find based on a census formed in 2004. The number of children benefiting from mentoring/ tutoring program are approximately 10-12%. Out of the general population, only 600 to 720 kids benefit from these programs. These numbers show that either the children are not taking advantage of the tutor/mentoring programs or there isn’t a need for them to receive support from these programs.

Greater Grand Crossing

In 2000 the total population in this area was 74,963 and 19,190 are under the age of 18. The census shows that there are about 3,895 16-19 year olds in this area. Out of 3,895 there are 80.1% enrolled and 19.9% not enrolled in school. The census also shows that the population of 18-24 year olds is 6,043 and 73.6% of those people are high school graduates. But only 28.7% enrolled in college or another form of higher education. In total from 3-35 and over years old there are about 21,015 enrolled in school. 3-4 years old is 6.8%, 5-14 years old is 51.9%, 15-17 years old is 15.4%, and 18-19 years old is 6.0%. You can see that has the age goes up the number of people enrolled in school goes down. Basically it looks like people are getting through school, but they could be doing better and getting more children to go into college. This is why this area needs tutoring/mentoring programs to keep children motivated to reach for the best.


One comment

  1. Thanks for writing these articles. Perhaps the reason for lack of participation is that the programs don’t have the operating dollars needed to promote the programs, or to provide a range of activities that would motivate youth to spend time after school in a tutor/mentor program.

    There’s much to learn which could be shared to help more tutor/mentor programs be available. At the Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference we try to bring programs together to learn from each other. To do this we need intermediaries like your group reaching out to the programs in different parts of the city, and encouraging them to participate in the conferences.

    If you can bring these leaders together, you can ask some of the questions you’ve posted about what works, and why there are not enough programs. Then you can share what they are telling you, via the blogs, and perhaps help them overcome these challenges.

    This might be a role for the next group of students writing this blog, or it might be something you do as part of another class assignment as you go through DePaul.

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