The children living in the area of Uptown live in fairly upscale environments. The neighborhoods are pretty safe. Even though there is still crime rate throughout Chicago, the Near North side of Chicago is one of the better areas in the city.All of the neighborhoods in the Near North side of Chicago are pretty similar with the fact that it is upper class compared to most of the areas in Chicago. The tutor/mentor programs are the only differences. Throughout the Near North Side, some of the areas have more tutor/mentor programs than others, depending on how many children live in that specific area. In order for children to be involved with tutor/mentor programs, they need to be able to afford to participate in one, as well as needing additional help with their schoolwork. There are not many tutor/mentor programs in this area because of how many children actually attend the schools. With the few programs they do have unfortunately some programs are better than others.
The south loop’s only problem was getting kids to attend the mentoring sessions. The schools in the south loop are not known for being unsuccessful or troublesome. South Loop parents hold steady jobs, earn average – or above average – incomes, and spend a good amount of time with their children. The children from the South Loop are already planning for a better future without the programs help. However, progress can always be made. If more businesses in the area were to fund such programs it would create a better environment for students for the future; most of these programs are housed in facilities that have been there for several years. If some of these companies sponsored youth sporting events it would benefit these children tremendously. Many of these kids see sports as one of the most prevalent ways to remove themselves from negative circumstances. If we are able to get these kids away from gangs, jail,drugs, and funnel them toward an education the country would be proliferating successful youngsters like never before. The poverty level would decline and the economy would overall improve. Also, if we are able to get more kids to be successful in school, imagine the power that diversity could have on the professional world. There would be much more international diplomacy and cooperation, benefitting the globe, not just America.
After researching Lincoln Park in the Near North Side of Chicago, we have come to see that this is most definitely a neighborhood geared more toward the middle and upper class. In the area of Lincoln Park, there are not many tutor/mentor programs. After researching and drawing conclusions, we feel that this could be because of majority of the schools in Lincoln Park being magnet schools, most likely offer resources and many optional tutor and mentor centers within the schools. Since the schools in the area of Lincoln Park are known for being good schools, these advantages are made readily available to these kids everyday, unlike a student from the South Side of Chicago, who may not have these resources available to them. Since the neighborhood of Lincoln Park and schools surrounding them has resources like these, there isn’t a vast need for actual tutor/mentor programs outside the schools. However, Lincoln Park does propose a few tutor/mentor programs, the number is not anywhere near the number of tutor/mentor programs in an area of the Loop or South Side Loop. Having more tutor/mentor areas in Lincoln Park would be beneficial, there are not specific needs for the program due to the great quality of schools in the area.
There are not many schools in the Loop area due to the fact that there are only 400 students living in the area. Although, the area is the perfect place to have tutor/mentor programs. The transit systems create an easy way to get to and from the programs for a low price. This allows the Loop area to have many programs to help students from all over the Chicago land area. The Loop can be somewhat of a dangerous area for children, but with the right safety precautions it can be an easy area to get around. A way that the programs can improve is by providing hours that are safe for students to travel. The Loop is a great upbeat area that can thrill any student and excite them to learn.
The area of Old Town is quite different than the other areas we focused on. The difference is that most of the children that live in the area, are not in the demographic of the children participating in tutor mentoring programs. Older citizens usually reside in Old Town. The children are more privileged in the immediate area than the other children. In this area children are more than adequately served by their schools, in fact there is such a small need, that Old Town shares its schools and tutor/mentoring program with its closest neighbor, Lincoln Park. There are not many similarities between the areas our grouped researched. The only similarity was the location of the area in relation to the downtown area. There were not any specific needs that were urgent in the Old Town area because of the lifestyle of the people that live there. In general, the people who live in Old Town are much more comfortable than those in the surrounding areas.
After researching the Near North Side of Chicago and some of their neighborhoods, we have come to the conclusion that our area is predominately middle and upper class and there are not many problems. Crime rate is relatively low for the Chicago area. This creates the thought that tutor/mentor programs are not needed in the Near North side of Chicago. Although we feel that more tutor/mentor programs in this area would benefit the children in this area, from our research, we found that most schools are magnet schools and many parents are very hands on. Since the parents of the children are hands on and they are interested in their child’s education, there is not as much of a need for tutor/mentor programs in these areas.
The next group of students that decide to take over were we left off need to focus more on the type of students that are interested in tutor/mentor programs. This way they can appeal the programs to these students and eventually get more students involved. Making the programs sound exciting and challenging for students can lure more students into the program. Also, we advise that information students give to their readers to be more focused on the type of program they are discussing. Also, giving information on the specific age groups of a program and specifics about the program can create readers to want to get involved!