North Chicago Community Partners

In 20Logo with North Chicago Community Partners(1)-108, the Gorter Family Foundation made a long-term commitment to the children and families of North Chicago and demonstrated their belief in the venture philanthropy model by providing seed capital for a new private operating foundation, North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP). NCCP was formed in direct response to the lack of outside support for academic challenges facing the children of North Chicago.

Since 2008, NCCP has forged a deep and thoughtful district-wide partnership with CUSD 187 and operates programming in all six CUSD 187 schools. Its role has expanded far beyond program design and implementation. In addition to serving as a strategic thought partner to the district, NCCP leverages a number of vital community partnerships and mobilizes thousands of volunteers to implement “trademark programs” that extend the school day and make school the place where children and families come to learn and teachers are excited to teach.

NCCP works in collaboration with almost 50 different organizations to provide after school enrichment activities, lunchtime tutoring and mentoring programs, family engagement and education opportunities, Saturday programs and much more. NCCP also ensures that all students come to school “ready to learn” by offering vision screenings, eye glasses, weekend food programs, uniforms, school supplies and access to the Family Care Closet (FCC), a fully operational food pantry, open to all families in the district.

As one teacher noted in a 2014 year-end assessment, “the two most valuable outcomes of the collaboration (with NCCP) are student improvement and a true sense of community. When teachers, families and the community come together, student achievement is deeply impacted.”

NCCP Focus Areas

Extended Learning and Enrichment Opportunities
• Academic Lunch Bunch
• Afterschool Enrichment Programs
• Saturday Enrichment Program

Student & Family Health, Wellness & Care
• Family Friendly Health Fairs
• Healthy Cooking Classes
• Exercise Classes
• Student Care Closet
• Family Care Closet
• Hearing and Vision Screenings

Family Engagement, Enrichment & Education
• Family Reading and Science Nights
• Family Health and Wellness Open Houses

Student Social and Emotional Support
• Quiet Zone
• Art Lunch Bunch

School Staff, Hospitality & Care
• Teacher Kits
• Staff Appreciation Lunches
• Classroom Helpers