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Current Program Guide

Youth Programs

  • After School Program

  • Beyond Basketball

  • Open Gym

  • Professional Advancement Internship Development (P.A.I.D.)

  • Seasonal Camps (Winter & Spring Break)

  • Summer Camp

Adult Programs

  • Citizenship

  • Computer Literacy

  • English as a Second Language

  • Open Gym

  • Spanish Classes

Youth Programs


After School Program

Students gain confidence by receiving individual and group tutoring for homework help to improve grades. They also participate in sports, music, art, cooking, health, leadership and character-building activities. During field trips to museums and cultural landmarks, they gain an appreciation for the world beyond their neighborhood. Most importantly, they develop friendships with peers equally committed to striving for a positive future.

Beyond Basketball

Staff aid and mentor young adults from the community to overcome obstacles and obtain access to opportunities, employment, educational and vocational resources. Staff and emerging adults meet weekly to follow progress.


Open Gym

Youth gather in a safe space to play basketball and connect with positive role models.


Professional Advancement Internship Development (P.A.I.D.)

PAID serves employees of SJS currently working in the out of school program in Austin and Humboldt Park. Participants take part in personal and professional development modules, learning sessions, assessments, and weekly field work.

Seasonal Camps (Winter & Spring Break)

Students enjoy a week filled with fun activity in a safe environment. Guided by positive role models, they learn constructive ways to spend the week in sports, art, team-building activities, community service, and field trips.


Summer Camp

This all-day camp provides excitement, interest, and learning for six weeks each summer. Students attend field trips and participate in sports, art, team-building, community service, and educational and cultural activities.


Adult Programs


The road to achieving citizenship can be confusing and difficult; St. Joseph Services offers assistance that can help ease the journey. Citizenship classes provide instruction on U.S. history, advanced English (reading, writing, and conversation), and other topics covered on U.S. citizenship tests. Students especially value SJS’s discretion and understanding of the challenges they face.


Computer Literacy

Beginners learn the basics of manipulating the mouse and keyboard, creating and saving files, accessing the Internet, setting up email, Facebook, and Skype accounts. Students may progress from beginning to intermediate and advanced levels of Microsoft Word and Excel. Instruction focuses on practical skills like creating a resume, conducting internet job searches, and completing online applications. Classes are provided in English and Spanish.


English as a Second Language

Students learn English in a respectful, nonjudgmental atmosphere with a curriculum customized to achieve goals. Instruction is offered daily by trained, dedicated tutors in a one-on-one or small group setting. Bilingual tutors are available for those Spanish-speaking students who have little to no English fluency.


Open Gym

Young adults gather in a safe space to play basketball and connect with positive role models.


Spanish Classes

Classes in basic Spanish language and literacy are offered in small group settings to SJS staff and volunteers.

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