SCE Announces 2020 Catalyst Grants

Each year, our staff and board nominate organizations to receive Catalyst Grants: one-time contributions made as part of our year-end giving. These organizations typically work on issues beyond our primary program areas. What unites them is ...


Guest Blog from Wyman Center: A Focus on Connections – Now, and Beyond the Pandemic

This article is a guest post from our partner Wyman Center. The piece can also be found on “I barely interact with people and I’m always cooped up inside the house.” “For me [a challenge] ...


Convening Our Youth Voice Cohort… Virtually

By the Susan Crown Exchange, featuring insights from the Stanford When we launch a Challenge, we do so with the intent of building a cohort of organizations that work together towards a common goal. This ...


Ryan Banks Academy: Opening Doors through Education on Chicago’s South Side

Before transferring to the Ryan Banks Academy, Malyk struggled in school. “I used to be really wild,” says Malyk, reflecting on his experience in the Chicago public school system (CPS). “It was something I couldn’t control.” ...


FAQs: The Million Coaches Challenge

GETTING STARTED What are the key steps to this process? All interested candidates must follow the steps below to be considered for this funding opportunity. LOI Stage (through January 2021): All candidates must submit a letter ...


Back to School: Youth Perspectives on COVID-Era Education

In-person, remote, and hybrid learning. Tech access for students. “Learning pods.” As students across the country go back to school, community leaders debate how to keep both students and teachers safe while making sure that kids ...


Positive Coaching Alliance: Bringing SEL Training to 400,000 Youth Sports Coaches

More than forty million young people play sports each year. Combining physical activity, play, and collaboration, sports have near-limitless potential to help young athletes develop social and emotional skills like grit, empathy, and teamwork. 


Deborah’s Place: Confronting Homelessness Across Chicago

COVID-19 affects everyone—but it doesn’t affect everyone equally. People experiencing homelessness are particularly vulnerable to the pandemic’s consequences. In the midst of this crisis, Deborah’s Place continues to offer women* experiencing homelessness the stable housing, wraparound ...

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