The Foundation’s work in North Chicago is rooted in its long history with the community and draws on its deep experience in place-based, education-focused philanthropy.
The Foundation’s ties to North Chicago go back more than 60 years when founder Harrison Steans was stationed at Naval Station Great Lakes in the 1950s. Then, in the 1980s Harrison’s sister, Addie Morrison, worked with North Chicago children as part of the “I Have A Dream” Program. Harrison’s daughter, Robin, was active in growing the community outreach programs at Rosalind Franklin University in the 2010s.
Today, SFF’s work with the community focuses on helping local leaders to strengthen and grow the educational opportunities available to North Chicago’s young people.
SFF has partnered with schools to provide professional development for early childhood teachers to expand teacher recruitment and retention, to implement tutoring for students who are learning to read, and to hire additional staff to help high school seniors transition into college and work. The Foundation also works with community organizations to expand after school enrichment programs, with the City of North Chicago to offer summer internships and college experiences, and the with College of Lake County to create apprenticeship opportunities.
The Foundation is thrilled to champion and support the individuals and organizations that are working so hard to further develop North Chicago’s next generation of leaders.