Scholarship Fund for After-School Program

HPNC Commits to Serving Kids Who Would Otherwise Miss OutFall_Winter-News1

HPNC has some exciting news! Until now, nearly half of the children enrolled in HPNC’s afterschool program have received financial support from the State of Illinois to pay for their participation in the program. This past summer, when Governor Rauner announced severe cuts to the childcare subsidies, many of our families stood to lose the co-payments that enabled their children to have a home away from home in HPNC’s after school program where they do homework, participate in a range of enrichment activities, and make new friends, all while their parents are working.

For HPNC’s Executive Director, Sarah Diwan, standing by while families of lesser means are forced to leave the program was never an option. Diwan and her team approached donors and friends of HPNC to help those families. If the State would not provide for the funding for the kids to come to afterschool, HPNC would jump in.

With the aid of a $25,000 matching gift from the Elizabeth Louise (Betty Lou) Smith Fund at the Chicago Community Trust, we have now raised $50,000 toward our newly established scholarship fund, earmarked for kids in the afterschool program whose families cannot afford our regular tuition.  “Income diversity is at the heart of HPNC’s mission,” says Diwan, “and we’re extremely grateful to our donors for recognizing the urgency of this issue and for helping us to remain true to our mission. 

Mentoring Program Expanded for 2015-16 School Year

Teens Gain Crucial Support as They Transition from Middle to High School


HPNC’s MatchUp! mentoring program is in it 5th year and serves teems during the often difficult transition from middle to high school. Teens in the program are paired with adult mentors with whom they build lasting one-on-one relationships.  They also receive help with homework and are involved in athletic activities and academic programs such as ‘Lawyers in the Classroom’ and Shakespeare.

HPNC recognizes the benefits of frequent and consistent engagement with at-risk teens and is committed to providing a reliable place for them after school. So, beginning in the fall of 2015 with the help of an anonymous donor, we expanded the program from twice a week to five days a week. Teens can also come to Matchup! during minor holidays and CPS school closure days – times when parents are at work and kids don’t have many opportunities to be involved in engaging and productive activities. We’re so glad we could expand the program to allow more kids more time here at HPNC.

HPNC Celebrates Big at the 2015 Gala

A Festive Night Out Raised Generous Funds to Support Our ProgramsFall_Winter-News3

HPNC welcomed over 150 guests to our 2015 gala and we were proud to recognize two important members of our community with special awards. Flynn McRoberts received our Volunteer Service Award for his remarkable work as a teen mentor in the MatchUp! Program. Outgoing Board President Bethany Pickens, who attended HPNC as a child and has worked tirelessly on our behalf since becoming a Board member, received our Alumni Service Award.

Through this event we were able to raise over $35,000 for our programs and our scholarship fund-what a great night! A special thank-you to our generous sponsors:  BMO Harris Bank, Hyde Park Bank, Village Eyecare, Bank Financial, Manus Dental, Advanced Intelligence Engineering, and CS Insurance StrategiesThanks also go to Piccolo Mondo, Vice District Brewing, and Kimbark Beverage Shoppe for the fantastic food and drink.

New Faces

Say Hello to Our New Staff and SSA InternFall_Winter-News4

HPNC is delighted to announce the addition of three new staff members: Kendalyn Diroll, Erin Outson, and Angela Powell. Kendalyn, a former middle school teacher, manages our MatchUp! mentoring program. Erin works administratively in our Baby Ph.D. program and is a teacher in our 4th– 6th grade classroom. Angela is helping to streamline our registration process as our new Enrollment and Enrichment Coordinator.  We are also fortunate to have Kenley Johnsten, an intern from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, for the 2015-16 school year.

HPNC Participates in #Giving Tuesday

Show Your Support for HPNC on December 1


Giving Tuesday is a philanthropic movement and you can be part of it. On December 1,  charities around that country will be asking for pledges. If you choose to give to HPNC,  you’ll be supporting year-round quality childcare, enrichment programs, and one-on-one mentoring for infants through teens in an inclusive, diverse, and supportive environment. Donate and join the Club!