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Our Story

Created in March of 2020 by two Walter

Payton High School students, Connecting

Chicago is dedicated to combating

educational inequity by providing free

virtual 1:1 tutoring for students in

Kindergarten through 12th grade. We are

the largest student-led nonprofit in


In our first year, Connecting Chicago has provided tutoring for more than 1,250 students from neighborhoods across Chicago. All volunteers are current high school, undergraduate, or graduate students, and are trained by the organization to provide high-quality instruction in Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and foreign languages.

Driven by our commitment to accessibility, Connecting Chicago welcomes students with diverse learning (IEP/504) needs and English as a Second Language (ESL) families.


Rem is a senior at Walter Payton High School and serves as  Connecting Chicago's Director and

Co-Founder. As school came to an abrupt halt in March of 2020, he was eager to help others during the COVID-19 crisis in a safe way. Rem oversees Connecting Chicago's student-run Leadership Teams and works with the Board of Directors to plan and execute successful growth strategies.



Kaytlin is a Junior at Lincoln Park High School. She is an Assistant Director at Connecting Chicago, specializing in the external affairs including recruitment, outside partnerships, and communications. Outside of her work with us, she is an active member on the Debate Team and plays Varsity Basketball.


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Asha is a sophomore at Walter Payton High School and serves as an Assistant Director at Connecting Chicago. Focusing on internal affairs, she oversees the Logistics and Quality teams. Outside of Connecting Chicago, Asha plays on her school's Varsity Basketball team, helps manage the Varsity Football Team, and participates in

Competitive Debate.


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Lucy is a senior at Walter Payton High School and Co-Founder of Connecting Chicago. At school, she is the Vice President of Special Olympics, a Best Buddies Peer Buddy, and the manager of the Varsity Boy's Football and Basketball teams. Outside of school, Lucy works for the Chicago Cubs and is a volunteer for Best Buddies Illinois. Lucy has a passion for helping others and bringing people together which is what inspired her to co-found Connecting Chicago. She is excited to see what comes of Connecting Chicago as it expands to help more people across the City. 


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