Our hockey and tutoring program began in December of 2015. Since then, our student athletes have been on the ice from the beginning of December to the end of February, weather permitting, at our Riis Park and Bobby Hull Memorial Rink in Cicero locations. Our student athletes at these two locations have hockey practice every Tuesday evening and Saturday morning. Beginning in the Fall of 2017, we welcomed a group of student athletes to the Fifth Third Arena | Chicago Blackhawks Community Ice Rink in Chicago, blocks away from the United Center. There, our hockey players practice every Monday evening from October to May.

The Inner-City Education Program provides everything a child needs to participate including uniforms, equipment, skating instructors, hockey coaches, and academic tutors. All student-athletes participate in a mandatory one-hour academic session with approved Inner-City Education Program tutors either before or after every practice. Any student-athletes currently attending under-performing schools will also be encouraged to apply for an Inner-City Education Program academic scholarship for placement into a local private school.

Online Tutoring

We have partnered with Youth Promise, a non-profit that began this spring when the founders noticed a growing need in the world of virtual education. Youth Promise tutors, as high school students, understand the attention struggles or the confused feelings that our students face, and have figured out how to navigate these issues. They come from all over the world, from the U.S. to UAE to Japan, exposing our students to endless immersion in various cultures and languages, opening a door to a unique, fulfilling experience. Tutors are selected for their passion and proficiency in a range of subjects, spanning from kindergarten topics to college readiness classes like SAT/ACT preparation, AP level lessons, and organizational skills. In addition, Youth Promise also encourages students to learn creative subjects, with their tutors eager to teach martial arts, music, theater, and more. The tutors are chosen through a rigorous process- after they apply, the Youth Promise team selects only the tutors with the qualities that they are looking for, and that handful undergoes a thorough interview and training process. Youth Promise has a strict Code of Conduct and oversees the classes to make sure the tutoring is effective and interesting, and the students are engaged and participating. Our classes take place either 1-on-1 (individual tutoring) or within a group- whichever the students feel most comfortable with- in recurring sessions containing detailed slides and easy-to-understand lectures.

We have also created this Virtual Tutoring Guide to ensure that this experience is safe and beneficial for all involved. Your student-athlete’s mentor will also be checking in during their calls with your student to see how the tutoring is going and support engagement.

Please click on the Youth Promise logo below to sign up for free online tutoring.

Tutoría en línea

Nos hemos asociado con Youth Promise, una organización sin fines de lucro que comenzó esta primavera cuando los fundadores notaron una creciente necesidad en el mundo de la educación virtual. Los tutores de Youth Promise, como estudiantes de secundaria, comprenden las luchas de atención o los sentimientos confusos que enfrentan nuestros estudiantes, y han descubierto cómo manejar estos problemas. Vienen de todo el mundo, desde los EE. UU. Hasta los Emiratos Árabes Unidos y Japón, exponiendo a nuestros estudiantes a una inmersión sin fin en diversas culturas e idiomas, abriendo la puerta a una experiencia única y satisfactoria. Los tutores son seleccionados por su pasión y competencia en una variedad de materias, que abarcan desde temas de jardín de infantes hasta clases de preparación para la universidad como preparación para SAT / ACT, lecciones de nivel AP y habilidades organizativas. Además, Youth Promise también anima a los estudiantes a aprender materias creativas, con tutores deseosos de enseñar artes marciales, música, teatro y más. Los tutores son elegidos a través de un proceso riguroso: después de que se postulan, el equipo de Promesa Juvenil selecciona solo a los tutores con las cualidades que están buscando, y ese puñado se somete a un proceso exhaustivo de entrevista y capacitación.

Youth Promise tiene un estricto Código de Conducta y supervisa las clases para asegurarse de que la tutoría sea efectiva e interesante, y que los estudiantes estén comprometidos y participando. Nuestras clases se llevan a cabo individualmente (tutoría individual) o dentro de un grupo, en el que los estudiantes se sientan más cómodos, en sesiones recurrentes que contienen diapositivas detalladas y conferencias fáciles de entender.

También hemos creado esta Guía de tutoría virtual para garantizar que esta experiencia sea segura y beneficiosa para todos los involucrados. El mentor de su estudiante-atleta también se comunicará durante sus llamadas con su estudiante para ver cómo va la tutoría y apoyar la participación.

Haga clic en el logotipo de Promesa Juvenil a continuación para inscribirse para recibir tutoría gratuita en línea.

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Interested in volunteer coaching or tutoring?

Inner-City Education Program welcomes coaching applicants with a lifetime of competitive hockey under their belts as players or coaches as well as those newer to the sport. Similarly, we welcome academic tutors with lengthy careers in education as well as qualified individuals with no background in teaching. We are open to male and female coaches and tutors, 18 and older, of any race. We expect to have volunteers with varying backgrounds, but most importantly applicants should have a passion for improving the lives of low-income inner-city children.

To implement this program most effectively, we ask that you complete the application that best suits your skill set and interest, whether as a skating coach, hockey coach or tutor.

Each application will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If you are selected to volunteer with the Inner-City Education Program, you will be required to submit to a background check and fingerprinting and also successful completion of the SafeSport on-line program. All on-ice coaches must be current USA Hockey members, up-to-date with their Coaching Clinics and Modules.

Volunteer Tutor Application

Apply online to become a volunteer tutor for student-athletes in our program.

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Volunteer Skating Instructor Application

Apply online to become a volunteer ice skating coach for student-athletes in our program.

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Volunteer Hockey Coach Application

Apply online to become a volunteer hockey coach for student-athletes in our program.

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Volunteer Interest Form

If you are interested in volunteering for a role not listed or have questions before you complete an application, please let us know your interests by completing this form and we’ll follow up to discuss.

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“Thanks again for letting us participate in the tutoring and hockey program as it really supported Conrad last year. His grade in Math moved from a D to B by years end! Thanks so much!” – Collette

— Collette M.