The statewide Parent Mentor Program, which started in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood 20 years ago, will graduate 603 parents on Tuesday.
The parents set to participate in the graduation ceremony, to be held at Gage Park High School in Chicago, tutored children daily this academic year in 70 Illinois schools.
The 603 parents who will get their diplomas tomorrow represent the largest-ever graduating class in the history of the Parent Mentor Program, which is a partnership between schools and community organizations in low-income neighborhoods. As part of the program, which was originally started by the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, parents are recruited and trained to tutor students who need extra help.
Over the past few years, the Parent Mentor Program has expanded in Illinois.
As state lawmakers continue to wrangle over a budget for the 2016 fiscal year, beginning July 1, those with the Parent Mentor Program say they are concerned about future funding for the initiative. They are urging Gov. Bruce Rauner and state lawmakers to maintain funding for the program.
Read more about the Parent Mentor Program from our previous coverage here, here, here and here.