OUr Mission

Midtown Educational Foundation guides low-income urban youth in Chicago along pathways of success. Our proven enrichment programs embrace the dignity of the person by focusing on academic excellence, virtue development, individual attention, and parental engagement. 


Our Vision

Chicago’s urban youth will be inspired and guided to positively transform their lives, families, and communities.

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The Midtown Educational Foundation of the future will continue to advance new ideas and services that profoundly improve life in the inner city.               

We envision a city where at-risk children are hopeful and excited about their futures, and confident and capable of realizing their full potential in school and later in life. They build healthy and respectful interpersonal relationships with family and friends.

We imagine a home life where parents in low-income communities, empowered with the knowledge and fortitude necessary to raise children in a challenging environment, take a lead role in their children’s education and holistic development. Their love, guidance, encouragement, and example help boys and girls mature into men and women of outstanding character.

We foresee neighborhoods and workplaces where young people from underserved communities become responsible parents, competent professionals, and leading citizens. They grow into life-long learners, exercise sound judgment in their daily affairs, and value service to others.  Others look up to them and seek out their advice.

As Midtown Educational Foundation expands its reach and influence in the years ahead, its alumni population will grow, prosper and serve as a continuing source of inspiration and guidance for countless persons and the community at large.

Glenn Wilke
Executive Director,
Midtown Educational Foundation