Summer at Midtown Educational Foundation

MEF provides supplementary summer programs and during the school year after-school programs that serve 4-12th 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.


In the summer, by offering a combination of academics and fun, teachers and counselors help students use the foundations they get from school to explore the academics they will face in the coming school year.  High school students will explore the realities of both college and professional work.

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 summer, MEF students take part in a wide range of fun activities from theme days to challenge courses to classes in innovation.

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.