Beacon Place


About Beacon Place

The mission at Beacon Place is to inspire and guide our neighborhood’s children and families toward a brighter tomorrow.  We do this through a community center and 6 core programs that focus on academic support, nutrition and overall health and other life skills development.

There are three primary goals for all programs at Beacon Place:

First, we know that it is hard to learn and change if you are hungry, so food, nutrition, and health are critical components of all the Beacon Place Programs.

Second, experience has shown that progress really occurs when there is a connected partnership between the support agency and the participant. Therefore, each Beacon Place program has a critical give back component that allow the participants to contribute back in some way to the programs they are utilizing, or Beacon Place needs in general. Nearly 80% of the parents whose children actively participate provide support to Beacon Place!

And finally, while there are many obstacles on the path to change, one of the greatest barriers in the 21st century comes from a lack of access to effective education and the resources provided by technology. Therefore, Beacon Place has a strong emphasis on academic support for children and families and believes in weaving technology into all programs.

Current Opportunities at Beacon Place

Algebra Pre-Fresher Program

Adult volunteers needed to help support and lead the Algebra Pre-Fresher Program. This program is meant to help high school students and master their skills in algebra to prepare them for the upcoming school year. This program is Fridays from 9:30AM-12:30PM. 

Sign up here: www.beacon-place.volunteerhub.com

  • 603 S. McAlister Ave. Waukegan, IL 60085
Type: Hot Opportunity
Good For: Adults, Groups
Categories: Education, Youth
Days: Friday
Times: Mornings

Writing Boot Camp Program

ADULT VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP RUN AND SUPPORT A TWO-WEEK WRITING BOOT CAMP FOR BEACON PLACE STUDENTS ENTERING 8 TH GRADE AND ABOVE. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO ASSIST WITH LESSON PLAN DELIVERY, COACH STUDENTS THROUGH THEIR WRITING PROCESS, PROVIDE ESSENTIAL PROGRAM FEEDBACK TO PROGRAM MANAGERS, AND PROGRAM SET UP AND CLEAN UP.

Sign up here: www.beacon-place.volunteerhub.com

  • 603 S. McAlister Ave. Waukegan, IL 60085
Type: Hot Opportunity
Good For: Adults, Groups
Categories: Education, Youth
Days: Monday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Times: Mornings

Stock Market Game Program

Adult volunteers needed to help support and lead the Stock Market Game Program for high school students. This program will cover many topics surrounding finance, the stock market, etc… but it will also cover math, graphs, algebra and so much more! Join in on the fun this summer and sign up today. 

Sign up and learn more here: www.beacon-place.volunteerhub.com

  • 603 S. McAlister Ave. Waukegan, IL 60085
Type: Hot Opportunity
Good For: Adults, Groups, People Over 16
Categories: Education, Youth
Days: Monday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Times: Mornings

Summer Lunch Program

Adult and teen volunteers needed Monday and Wednesday 11:15am-2:30pm June 21-  August 4; activities include interacting with kids during lunch and playing games, arts and crafts, sports, etc. Training is provided at the beginning of the summer and on an on-going basis. Volunteers are asked to commit to any 5-6 of the program each summer to ensure that the kids at camp and the volunteers get to know each other.

Sign up and learn more here: www.beacon-place.volunteerhub.com

  • 603 S. McAlister Ave. Waukegan, IL 60085
Type: Ongoing Opportunity
Good For: Adults, Families, People Over 16, Seniors
Categories: Arts & Culture, Education, Health & Wellness, Youth
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: Afternoons, Mornings

Education & Enrichment Program

Are you looking to help kids learn over the summer? We need adult and teen volunteers to work one on one and in small groups Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings 8:30-12:00pm to help our students in Kindergarten – 7th grade. Training is provided at the start of the program. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 5 days during the summer.

Email Katie Lawler at volunteer@beacon-place.org to sign up!

    Type: Ongoing Opportunity
    Good For: Adults, People Over 16, Seniors
    Categories: Arts & Culture, Education, Youth
    Days: Monday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
    Times: Mornings

    Special Event Programming

    Are you unable to commit to a weekly or regular volunteer schedule but still want to have a chance to help the Beacon Place kids and families? Consider volunteering to help at one of our special events such as the spring/fall clean up days, Summer Walk-a-Thon, Holiday Party for Kids, or Christmas Boutique for Parents. Email admin@beacon-place.org for upcoming activities.

    Type: Ongoing Opportunity
    Good For: Families, Groups, People Over 16, Seniors
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