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Our Mentors and Partners

With mentor support, students develop a broader understanding of establishing goals and taking advantage of future opportunities. By working with school faculty and local area partners, we’ve designed dynamic interactive activities, presentations, educational worksheets and projects to engage students to reinforce and sustain learning.



Our Mission

Despite the curveballs that may come their way, everyone should be given a chance in life regardless of resources or geography. The Wood Family Foundation facilitates relationships that provide support and opportunities to empower youth and their families to succeed in life.



Together We Win

Pitch In has given my grandson the confidence to lead others and speak in front of groups of people.

Pitch In Grandmother

Jaylon has made new friends, bonded with his peers and become more independent since joining Pitch In.

Pitch In Mother

I was really blessed and impressed that Kerry and Sarah were both so down to earth, and working in the trenches with all the volunteers.  Ever since then, I try to help out and support WFF whenever I can, and mentoring for Pitch In is one way I can help.

Mentor April Griffith
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The Latest Pitch In News!

Behind the Scenes at the Brookfield Zoo

August 31st, 2016|

Our last week of the Pitch In summer program was filled with excitement, new activities and our final field trip to the Brookfield Zoo! Throughout the week students made their own lunch with our very

Exploring UIC

August 22nd, 2016|

Pitch In students were excited to explore UIC's beautiful campus last Wednesday. Throughout the tour we learned fun facts about the University, sat in a real live lecture hall, saw students moving into the dorms, got

Mural Work & Chefs in Training

August 15th, 2016|

This past week Pitch In summer students were extremely busy with our partners! We painted murals on our schools' walls with Connect Force using our student's work from previous sessions in which students created positive

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Trip

August 8th, 2016|

Pitch In students explored interactive exhibits, creatures and the trails at the Nature museum field trip. We had a great day learning about weather patterns, delivering the weather via broadcast, learning about swamps and marshes,

SNAP Kitchen Field Trip

August 8th, 2016|

In July Pitch In students were thrilled to visit Old Town's Snap Kitchen! While visiting students were able to try a variety of healthy foods including juices, entrees and deserts while guessing the healthy surprise

Meet Pitch In MVP Tricia

July 25th, 2016|

When Kerry and Sarah first started the Pitch In mentorship program, they wanted it to be different than most mentor programs. They decided that in order for their program to really be effective, there would

A Day In Paris

July 18th, 2016|

Last Friday Pitch In enjoyed our first field trip to Sofitel Hotel downtown for a themed "Day in Paris." The hotel did an exceptional job planning engaging activities for students including post card creations, macaroon

Pitch In Summer Program!

July 8th, 2016|

Pitch In summer programming is in full swing! Entering week 3 we have enjoyed many new camp games, crafts and peace circles. We also started working with a new partner, Connect Force every Tuesday to learn break dancing

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All kids deserve a shot at a successful future, if we all Pitch In, they’ll get there!