Programs & Initiatives

We believe every child deserves the chance to own and love books. As a nonprofit, our programs are supported entirely by generous donations from individuals, companies, foundations.

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Englewood Literacy Initiative

RIF in Chicago tackles the literacy needs of this impoverished Southside Chicago neighborhood by offering, at no cost to the schools or their students, our Books for Ownership program to all Englewood and West Englewood elementary schools and high schools.

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Southside Girl Zine Project

A by-product of RIF in Chicago’s Books for Ownership Program in Englewood and surrounding communities, this innovative program empowers high school girls through teambuilding and literacy enrichment activities. The girls develop the leadership skills, self-confidence and self-awareness that inspires them to lead productive and satisfying lives.

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Adolescents At Risk

Adolescents-At-Risk specifically targets Chicago’s most at-risk youth, mostly high school age, through partnerships with Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, Uhlich Academy, UCAN Residential Treatment Center, York Alternative High School in the Cook County Jail, and Nancy Jefferson, Buckingham and Montifiore alternative schools.

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Project Open Book

RIF in Chicago established Project Open Book to provide books to all children in the waiting rooms at Lurie Children’s Hospital, including patients, siblings, family, and friends, all of whom spend many hours in clinics dealing with life-threatening or chronic illness. In 2007 we expanded Project Open Book to serve children of military families.

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