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‌•We have a fun evening planned with guest speakers
and great food.

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B2SI Free School Supplies Program

‌• Largest free school supply distribution program in Illinois

‌• Provides age-appropriate supply kits to children in need

‌• 690,000 school supplies given in 2015

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About Boot Camp

POWER UP! Boot Camp

College Scholarships

‌Every year we award scholarships to
deserving high school seniors.
Applications for 2016 Scholarships must
be received no later than April 1, 2016.

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Why do we exist?

Every year one million Illinois children cannot afford school supplies.

What can you do?

There are lots of ways you can help!

Become a Sponsor, Donate, Our NEW! Build a Kit Program, Join Our Team, or Volunteer

Donations are 100% tax-deductible.

Try our new Build A Kit Program! Boost morale, develop better communication, and unleash the inner creativity of your team. All while giving back to your community. Win-win.

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Why B2SI?

  • All funding and programming stays right here in Illinois
  • We honor our servicemen and women by partnering with Operation Homefront
  • We participate in dozens of events every year
  • Our Back 2 School Kits are distributed in 100+ locations throughout Illinois
  • We offer College Scholarships for deserving students
  • Our POWER UP! Boot Camp gives kids a way to get and stay fit
  • You get a very visible return. Just look at those smiling faces!
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Illinois Children Helped

(In Thousands)

Numbers are cumulative

— Over 3,835,000 school supplies given to date! —

Latest news

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    New Partnership with Howard Brown’s Broadway Youth Center

    This month we finalized a new partnership with Broadway Youth Center, a safe haven for queer youth in Chicago. Located in the Lakeview neighborhood, the center has an open-door policy for teens who need medical treatment or just someone to talk to. It’s hard enough to be a teenager with all the physical and emotional

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    Austin Neighborhood Youth Center Receives Signature School Supply Kits

    B2SI celebrated a new distribution partnership at the beginning of this month with Catholic Charities, which included a kit distribution at the Peace Corner Youth Center. The facility, located in the Austin neighborhood, acts as a safe haven for kids in the area. After-school activities are the main focus of Peace Corner, but weekend programs are slowly being

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    Legacy Boys & Girls Clubs Children Celebrate The Season

    Games, Food, and Kits Highlight Holiday Party As part of our expanded effort to give out Back 2 School kits during the holiday season we spent an afternoon with the kids at the Legacy Boys & Girls Club of Chicago in Little Village. It was so much fun as we got to help out with

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    Camp Duncan Party, A B2SI Holiday Tradition

    400 Children Treated to Kits, a Visit With Santa and So Much More For hundreds of children from Ingleside and neighboring communities, Christmas came a little early this year as they were treated to Camp Duncan YMCA’s annual holiday party. The festivities included lunch, face painting, live music and singing, and a trip through a

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See our work in action

Testimonials

"Dear Mr Kurtzman, I'm sending you
this card thanking you for the
supplies you give us. When I open
the box I was so surprise when I
saw all the wonderful supplies....
I think you like helping people.
Your friend, Ana D."

Ana D. - Student

Our students were very excited
and grateful. Approximately 98%
of our student population come
from low-income families who
deserve your support. You are
truly a charitable organization
that deserves recognition for
the work you do in the
City of Chicago.

Okab T. Hassan - Principal, Peck Elementary School

"I felt very happy when I open
the box. I had a big smile on
my face. I was super glad that
you brote supplies.... Thank
you my most favorite supplies
was the scissors and the
waterpaint. Your friend
Cristian P."

Christian P. - Student

Through your tireless
efforts, Back 2 School Illinois
made it possible for 13,000
low-income children and teens to
start the 2015 school year with
confidence and enthusiasm
because they have the necessary
supplies.

Linda Dean - Director of Volunteerism

YMCA of Metro Chicago

"Thank you for giving us the school
supplies it really came in handy.
I had to use it for math, reading,
and science. The boxes were really
important. The box had everything
I needed."

Joshua N. - 11 years old

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