Our program currently takes place at Lawndale Elementary Community Academy, a CPS neighborhood school on Douglass Blvd. Participants can begin the program in 4th grade and have the opportunity to follow up with the same mentors through 8th grade. We strive for a 1:3 mentor/mentee ratio for each of our grades.
Each of our Pitch In classes meets afterschool once a week. Students get together in small groups with their mentors and work together on a wide variety of activities based on monthly themes. Some activities are focused on sharing and helping to foster the mentor/mentee relationship, others on developing new skills, and some are simply FUN. All of our activities are designed to incorporate the values of team work, critical thinking, and self-awareness. We also offer a healthy snack each day to participants.
Our main program runs from October through June. At the end of each month, Pitch In hosts family dinners so that our students can share what they have been working on with their loved ones. This is also the time for Pitch In staff and mentors to deepen their relationships with our families and socialize.
Current Pitch In students are also invited to take part in our 8-week summer mini-camp when school is out of session. This 3 day/week program focuses on teamwork and friendship and includes a variety of special trips and adventures to introduce our students to the wider world of Chicago beyond North Lawndale.