Service Agencies

Are you a student looking for a potential service opportunity? Are you a Service Learning Coach hoping to identify a good service site for students at your school? Are you a parent who wants to help your son or daughter complete his or her service requirement? You have come to the right place. The Service Learning Initiative of Chicago Public Schools has created a database of more than 200 organizations around the city of Chicago. Each organization in the database has agreed to enable CPS students to provide service at its site.

You can navigate through the database in one of two ways. Simply scroll through the organizations (listed alphabetically) until you find one that meets your interests, or do a search using either a zip code or an area of interest. The organizations in the database represent a wide cross-section of issues from public health to the environment, from hunger to education, from youth development to senior citizens. Each organization listed has registered with CPS to become an approved Service Learning partner agency.

If you are a Service Learning coach, you can identify and contact agencies around your school that can serve as placement sites for your students. If you are a student, you can browse through the database of agencies and find one that is right for you. If you are a parent, you can help your child identify an organization for a service project. Remember, however, that students need to have prior approval from their Service Learning coach before starting on a service project. Students must also complete a pre-service preparation form and a post-service reflection essay. You can find these forms on this website.

The agency database will be updated and added to on a regular basis. Be sure to return throughout the year.

If you cannot find an organization that is to your liking on this database, you may want to search at www.idealist.org. This website is searchable by issue area. Not all of the organizations listed at www.idealist.org are Service Learning approved, so be sure to check in with your school's Service Learning coach before starting your service project.