kids workingThe Education department empowers students to graduate elementary school, obtain a high school diploma or GED, and complete postsecondary studies by providing academic assistance, scholarships, and college readiness programs. Personalized tutoring, ACT preparation, college visit days, literacy classes, creative development workshops, Spanish lessons, college application support, and academic counseling are offered by BBF Family Services.

For additional information, please contact Samantha Friar, Education Manager, at or at (773) 542-7303.



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Name: Lashawanda

Age: 17

School: Devry Advantage Academy

Community Area: North Lawndale

Lashawanda has been involved in several BBF Family Services' apprenticeships including beatLAB, gardenLAB, tapLAB, and filmLAB. Her connection with BBF over the years has revealed both her academic and creative talents. She currently maintains a 3.5 GPA and scored a 24 on the ACT. Lawshawnda is a Posse Scholar finalist, a Gates Millennium Scholarship candidate, a QuestBridge Scholarship candidate, and a Chicago Scholar participant. She is presently applying to Harvard University, Oberlin College, Fisk University, and Bradley University. White

Name: Kasen

Age: 17

School: Providence St. Mel

Community Area: North Lawndale

Kasen has demonstrated tremendous leadership skills in the BBF Family Services beatLAB. He currently maintains a 3.2 GPA and scored a 27 on his ACT. He attributes his academic success to the support of his family, Providence St. Mel, and BBF Family Services. Kasen is a Posse Scholar Candidate, QuestBridge Scholarship Candidate, Chicago Scholars participant, and is currently applying to Harvard University, the University of Illinois - Champaign, and the School of Audio Engineering. White

Name: Jasabella

Age: 17

School: Michelle Clark College Prep

Community Area: North Lawndale

Jasabella has served as a member of the BBF Family Services hip-hop apprenticeship initiative. She continues to exhibit her leadership and organizational skills through her academic success. She currently maintains a 3.6 GPA, scored a 22 on the ACT, and a 1250 on the SAT. Jasbella is a Chicago Scholars participant, a Posse Scholar candidate, and a Coca Cola Scholarship candidate. She is presently applying to Spelman College, the University of Illinois - Chicago, the University of Illinois - Champaign, and Howard University.