Midtown Summer Advising Program

June 18 – August 5, 2018
For College Students

Midtown Center for Boys seeks mature college men to serve as advisors and role models to over 300 7th – 12th grade boys.  Each advisor coaches 15 – 20 boys on academics and character growth.  Through regular individual meetings, advisors work with each boy to develop and follow through on practical goals and resolutions pertaining to virtue, work ethic, a spirit of service, and friendship.

Advisors live together in a family style arrangement under the direction of a Head Advisor.  Daily life includes working with Midtown students an average of six hours a day, meals together, get-togethers, sports, meetings, excursions, and cultural activities.  Daily Mass and other times of prayer are available to the advisors as well.

Benefits of the Advisor Program

  • A unique opportunity to make a lasting impact on a young boy’s life
  • Professional experience developing in-demand skills in communication, adaptability, and emotional intelligence
  • Weekend excursions to sites around Chicago and the Midwest
  • Live with and get to know fellow college students from around the country

About Midtown Summer Programs

During the summer, 4th – 9th grade students experience several weeks of hands-on academics, competitive sports, field trips, character education, and fun.  Students attend daily classes in math, science, reading, and language, and have a sports period that fosters an instructional, character-based, and competitive learning environment.  Students also attend a field trip once a week.  Freshmen focus especially on preparing for the academic and personal demands they will encounter when they begin high school in the Fall.

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors engage in apprenticeships: hands-on programs in which they learn marketable skills from professionals in specialized fields.  Apprentices present final projects that demonstrate their acquired skills.  They also develop the critical thinking and decision-making skills they will need to excel in the workplace.  Apprenticeships are offered in Visual Media, Architecture, Business, Law, and Engineering.

For More Information

Justin Reckart

Application Information

  • Applications received by April 1, 2018 will be given priority.
  • Midtown will contact each applicant upon receiving his application to schedule an interview.


Midtown Center is a supplementary educational program serving 4th – 12th grade boys from low-income families in the city of Chicago.  Since 1965, it has provided enrichment, character education, individual attention, and extra-curricular activities for students and parent skills classes and discussions for parents.

Midtown Center is operated by Midtown Educational Foundation (www.midtown-metro.org), a charitable organization.  MEF’s programs are inspired by Opus Dei, a personal Prelature of the Catholic Church (opusdei.org), and by the social teachings of the Catholic Church.

The Midtown Summer Advising Program is promoted by Sauganash.