In partnership with ADA S. MCKINLEY we are excited to bring our Gold-Star Award Winning Program to this historic program.   Our goal is to customize a unique experience in order to provides a safe and consistent environment for youth to engage in culturally relevant conversations while exploring their own identity and history and developing their social-emotional capacities for Boys and Young Men of Color. The CHAMPS SEL Curriculum encourages participants to strengthen their core social-emotional competencies (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making), and to catalyze the growth and development of students’ identity through our 3E’s Education, Empowerment, and Exposure. Click Here to Register 



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The mission of Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. is to empower, educate, and employ people to change lives and strengthen communities.

Ada S. McKinley’s founder and namesake was a schoolteacher and social reformer who started the agency in 1919 amid the Flu pandemic and Chicago Race Riot. The agency was founded as a settlement house to assist Black World War I veterans and their families migrating from the South. Today, as we faced similar circumstances with the COVID-19 pandemic along with civil unrest and protests to end systemic racism, Ada S. McKinley continued its consistency in protecting the well-being of the people it serves.

The agency has reached the 100-year milestone, and currently serves more than 7,000 people annually at over 70 program sites throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, Wisconsin and Indiana. Its wide range of services include: Child Development & Youth; Employment & Community Support; and Behavioral Health & Clinical. Services rendered daily include tutoring, mentoring and college placement, foster care, housing opportunities, mental health, youth and family counseling, employment training and placement, and head start programs.

The vision of Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. is for all people to have the opportunity for education and employment.

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Youth Served in Schools


CHAMPS is excited to attend partnership with  Tulsa Public Schools in Tulsa, OK.  We already work with several school throughout the U.S. to develop extra-curricular programming options for students. We had a couple days of meeting with and training the mentors in our SEL curriculum and was excited to support programming for TPS  schools. 

Extra-curricular and in-school programming integrates the CHAMPS SEL Curriculum and is built around the 3E’s of EDUCATION, EMPOWERMENT and EXPOSURE. CHAMPS creates a safe environment for young men to develop positive racial Identity, strengthen their social emotional capacities, grow as leaders and gain exposure to a range of people, experiences and opportunities.

Guiding Young Men to Achieve their Dreams


The Mission of the CHAMPS Male Mentoring Program is to Educate, Empower, and Expose African-American and Latino Young Men beyond the four walls of the school in order to help them to achieve their dreams and goals.