Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How will I know when Horizons for Youth is accepting applications?
A: We encourage you to call the office to ask so that we may take down your information. When we are ready to send out applications, we will work from our list of parent information and mail those out.

Q: What if my child’s grades are not that the best in their class?
A: Horizons for Youth is not a merit-based scholarship. We understand that every child has his or her own potential to reach and that not every student is the same. We do, however, work together to set new goals for your child and expect a collaborative effort for them to reach new goals.

Q: How can I find out what partner schools work with Horizons for Youth?
A: Horizons for Youth ensures that our partner schools have the best quality education and that the environment is a fit. Please call the office and inquire.

Q: What if my child does not attend a partner school?
A: Our mission is to find the best quality school. The program staff will work with you on alternative school options, and may even explore new options if appropriate.

Q: How are Big Siblings (mentors) selected and screened?
A: We take the safety of our students very seriously and have processes in place to ensure that they are protected. All volunteers first interview with our Volunteer Coordinator at our office. We then conduct FBI background checks, including fingerprint collection. For the first three months of the match, all one-on-one time is required to be supervised by a staff member or parent.

Q: Can I attend the enrichment outings?
A: The majority of the enrichment outings are meant for the Big Sibling and Little Sibling match to get to know each other. We rely on this time for your child to open up to his or her Big Sibling and become comfortable with the relationship. We ask that parents not attend these and hope that you enjoy the free time. There are some outings throughout the year where families may be invited to attend. Horizons for Youth staff will make that clear as the dates get closer.

Q: How long can my child stay in the program?
A: Horizons for Youth is proud of our long-lasting relationships. Given that parents and students abide by the contract on a yearly basis, students can be in the program up until their high school years. Students then have the option of applying to the Horizons for Youth High School Program, which gives the students more ownership and responsibility of their education. All families receive yearly contract that are subject to termination in extenuating circumstances.

Can Horizons for Youth’s unique offering of need-based scholarships, one-on-one mentoring, and enrichment programs help support your family?

To be considered for our program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must have a permanent address within the Chicago city limits.
  • At least one child you are applying for must be between Kindergarten and 3rd grade for the upcoming school year– older siblings through 6th grade will be considered for acceptance.
  • Applicant families must show proof of financial need with income no greater than 2 times the national poverty level.
  • The parent applying for the program must be the legal guardian and have legal custody of the child/children for whom you are seeking acceptance.

Interested in applying? Below are the steps.

  • Please call our office at (312) 627-9031 and ask to be placed on our application list.
  • In Spring 2019, we will mail hard copies of applications to everyone who signed up.

If you have any questions, please contact Miriam Glenn at or 312-627-9031.