After-School Programs at Midtown & Metro

MEF provides after-school programs that serve 4th-12th grade students from low-income families in the city of Chicago. Both centers provide academic enrichment, character education, individual attention, and extra-curricular activities for students, and parenting skills classes and discussions for the parents. Midtown Center for boys is in Bucktown and Metro Achievement Center for girls is in Greektown. For the past 17 years, 100% of MEF Seniors have graduated high school and gone on to college.

Watch & Learn:

Claudia Valencia, a 2008 Metro Alum talks about seeing her potential at Metro.

Fox News featured Midtown for Boys in their Beyond the Dream Segment. Watch the second segment here.

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Program Elements


The whole program was helpful, my daughter learned many new things. Having positive role models and seeing successful young women has been an important benefit to her.
— MEF Parent

In the school year, by focusing on homework and classroom enrichment, volunteer tutors provide students with the academic help they need to succeed in school. MEF also empowers students to take their education into their own hands by connecting them with scholarship organizations. 


By learning about virtues and good habits, students develop the necessary tools to become better students, sons or daughters, sisters or brothers and friends. In the character development class, students discuss and learn how to practically implement virtues such as respect, service to others and hard work.


Each student that participates in MEF programs is assigned a volunteer tutor-mentor that works with them the entire summer and school year. With a focus on academics and character development, time spent each week with the same volunteer has proven to be an integral part of the overall improvement of the student. 


In the school year, MEF students participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities to gain skills and confidence while discovering interests and future hobbies. Some of our activities include:


Competitive Sports
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Chess Club


Visual and Performing Arts
Fitness and Sports
Dance Classes
Public Speaking
Culinary Classes 


MEF's parent programs support parents in their role as the primary educators of their children through classes, discussions, conferences, and more. Learn more about the Parent Program here.