Spring Awards Dinner:
Celebrating 20 Years of Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth

Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Call to Action

Members of the legal profession are uniquely situated to make a profound impact on young people's lives to enable them to reach their full potential and provide them with the tools to avoid the criminal justice system.

Kids growing up in urban poverty today are literally starved for mentors. Study after study shows that children raised in today's inner cities increasingly cannot turn to their parents, teachers, or neighbors for the kind of guidance needed to escape poverty. Instead, these kids get involved in gangs and become lost in our justice system.

In pockets throughout the City of Chicago, there are rays of hope for impoverished kids: tutor/mentor programs that focus not simply on homework but on building one-on-one relationships between children and adults that will help end the cycle of poverty. These programs give impoverished children the opportunity to escape from their daily existences, to share their hopes and fears with an adult in a supportive environment, and to dream of one day achieving personal and professional success.

The Sun Times Judge Marovitz Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth Program (Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth) is our legal community's effort to contribute to outstanding youth mentoring programs in Chicago. 
I invite you to join us in this noble effort in whatever way you can. Together, we can lift a spirit and lend-a-hand.

Jim Morsch
Former Chair, Governing Board

How Can You Help?
  • Volunteer your time as a mentor or board member of a mentoring/tutoring program

  • Get your law firm, corporation, client, or vendor to adopt a mentoring/tutoring program

  • Fund a $5000 grant to a mentoring program in your name or your firm's name

  • Participate in the Tickets-for-Kids Program by donating your unused tickets and sky boxes for cultural and sporting events

  • Make a personal contribution right now by credit card or check

Minds Matter of Chicago has been selected as this year's Thomas A. Demetrio Award of Excellence recipient. Every year, Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth, working with our founder and ongoing supporter Thomas A. Demetrio, recognizes an outstanding youth mentoring program. 

Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth grantee Launch U received a grant in honor of Kevin J. Conway. On February 7th, a reception was held at Launch U for Mr. Conway.

To honor National Mentoring Month, the Chicago Sun-Times has been publishing daily profiles of mentor and youth pairs from Chicago area programs. Profiles of mentoring pairs from Launch U, Cluster Tutoring, Kelly Hall YMCA, Circle Urban Ministries, and Inspired Youth are available online.